Exclusive: Emails obtained by @McClatchy show the Pompeos sought personal assistance of senior State Department staff, who expressed discomfort at requests they conduct personal errands on government time. (w/ @BryanLowry3) kansascity.com/news/politics-…
"I’m wondering if we are sending the last of our personal cards out, who will be there to help me," Susan Pompeo wrote to a senior @StateDept aide from a personal email account. "Mike will not want to go outside you and Joe for this assistance." kansascity.com/news/politics-…
The exchange is the first publication of emails documenting the Pompeos directing government employees to conduct their personal business while at work on taxpayer dollars, the topic of an ongoing inquiry by the State Department inspector general’s office. kansascity.com/news/politics-…
“I'd worry about asking others for personal things,” one top aide wrote another. kansascity.com/news/politics-…
With two of their senior advisers out of the office the week of Christmas, it fell on a career Foreign Service officer serving as executive secretary at the State Department to complete the Pompeos' personal holiday cards. kansascity.com/news/politics-…

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11 Sep
As a private citizen with no official role, Susan Pompeo used a private email account to assign official work to a top State Department staffer on behalf of her husband, the secretary, according to newly released testimony. (w/ @BryanLowry3) kansascity.com/news/politics-…
Susan Pompeo’s influence over official personnel and activities at the State Department has raised concerns on Capitol Hill and within the department, contributing to an ongoing inquiry in the inspector general’s office. kansascity.com/news/politics-…
“The work that I get assigned is from the Secretary,” Toni Porter, a longtime confidante and aide to Pompeo from his Kansas days, told the @HouseForeign committee. “There are times that Mrs. Pompeo relays that work to me.” kansascity.com/news/politics-…
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Their time frame appears detached from the progress of ongoing Phase III clinical trials, which are not expected to produce answers until late November or December, the lead scientist overseeing those trials said in an interview. mcclatchydc.com/news/coronavir…
In a letter, CDC Director Redfield asked governors to expedite permits and licenses for the distribution sites and, if necessary, "consider waiving requirements that would prevent these facilities from becoming fully operational by November 1.” mcclatchydc.com/news/coronavir…
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Exclusive: A @StateDept whistleblower complaint about Mike Pompeo, made public for the first time, reveals that eyewitnesses made repeated attempts to inform executive leadership and legal advisers about his “questionable activities.” (w/ @BryanLowry3) mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-…
This is the first whistleblower complaint about the secretary's conduct to be made public – and redactions to the complaint show that, despite Steve Linick's firing in May, the investigation into Pompeo's conduct remains ongoing. mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-…
“I directly witnessed much of the behavior,” the whistleblower wrote. Others witnesses tried to inform State Department leadership and the Office of Legal Affairs about Pompeo's behavior, "but were blocked from doing so.” kansascity.com/news/nation-wo…
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News: A Trump-appointed judge ruled Wednesday that @SecPompeo must prove he complied with the Federal Records Act by collecting and preserving interpreter notes from Trump's meetings with Putin. kansascity.com/news/nation-wo…
@SecPompeo The chief counsel for the plaintiff said the ruling puts a choice before Pompeo and the @StateDept: "Show that they don’t have an obligation to preserve the record, or that they preserved it appropriately." kansascity.com/news/nation-wo…
@SecPompeo @StateDept Trump reportedly collected all meeting notes with Putin and barred interpreters from discussing their contents. Pompeo has until January 10 to file a response to the lawsuit and until March 13 to file a substantial brief to the court. kansascity.com/news/nation-wo…
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Pompeo was further implicated in Giuliani's scheme to oust Yovanovitch from her post in Ukraine on Friday night, as a court-ordered documents release uncovered a flurry of contact between them weeks before her ouster. kansascity.com/news/politics-…
The director of Oval Office operations coordinated at least one of Pompeo's calls with Giuliani, and records show he spoke shortly afterward with Devin Nunes, presently accused of conducting his own political investigations overseas. kansascity.com/news/politics-…
The records, compelled by an ethics watchdog in a FOIA lawsuit, don't shed light on the contents of the calls. But they do offer further evidence of the secretary's consistent involvement in the Ukraine affair, paired with testimony from Amb. Taylor. kansascity.com/news/politics-…
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