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4 May
Exclusive: New emails and a previously unreported whistleblower complaint show that State Department officials were repeatedly asked to help organize Pompeo's political events in Kansas, just as he was mulling a Senate run. (w/ @BryanLowry3) mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-…
The documents provide fresh insight into Pompeo politicking behind the scenes during a period when the secretary was engaged in a flurry of hushed donor meetings and controversial visits to Kansas. mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-…
State Department officials were asked to connect with local companies and help draw a crowd to one of his appearances. Others were asked to research oil drilling and production in Kansas ahead of an event – a "strange" request, the whistleblower said. kansascity.com/news/politics-…
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16 Apr
Pompeo and his wife, Susan, repeatedly misused State Department resources and staff for personal business, violating the ethical standards of the department, according to a long-awaited inspector general’s report. (w/ @BryanLowry3) kansascity.com/news/politics-…
The report details over 100 instances of misconduct that “had no apparent connection to the official business of the Department.” kansascity.com/news/politics-…
The dog-related requests included "picking the dog up
from their home and dropping it off with a boarder; picking it up from the boarder and returning it to their home; and stopping by their home to let the dog out when they were not at home." kansascity.com/news/politics-…
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14 Apr
FDA leaders believe that coronavirus vaccines will last at least nine months. What happens after that is unclear, as scientists and public health officials debate what strategy to take on booster shots. mcclatchydc.com/news/coronavir…
“We’re believing that it’s probably going to last at least nine months, but we’re going to be checking this. We need to be careful that in more immunocompromised individuals, particularly older individuals... that we don’t see that drop off more quickly.” mcclatchydc.com/news/coronavir…
Scientists have not settled on a strategy on whether to modify the vaccines to target new variants, or simply to provide boosters using the original vaccines, which have thus far proven effective enough against mutant strains. mcclatchydc.com/news/coronavir…
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18 Dec 20
News: A Pentagon system set up for states to keep track of coronavirus vaccines had outdated, inaccurate projections for deliveries, leading governors to think they would receive far more doses than will arrive in the coming days. mcclatchydc.com/news/coronavir…
Thursday's confusion stems from Tiberius, a Defense Department system that went online months ago so that states could begin learning how to use its modules. The old planning numbers were kept in the system throughout last week. mcclatchydc.com/news/coronavir…
Governors first learned of the discrepancy when they placed new orders with the CDC in recent days, scrambling to update next week's distribution plans – without an explanation from the federal government. mcclatchydc.com/news/coronavir…
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28 Oct 20
Exclusive: The CDC has officially pushed back a Nov. 1 deadline for states to be ready to receive and distribute coronavirus vaccines until after the presidential election, according to a letter obtained by @McClatchy. mcclatchydc.com/news/coronavir…
The new deadline is Nov. 15, and states are being asked to sign data use agreements and begin working within the CDC's vaccine delivery system by Nov. 2. mcclatchydc.com/news/coronavir…
“We acknowledge that you are being asked to do unprecedented work,” wrote the CDC's Nancy Messonnier. “We are reminded of the urgency of this work as cases and mortality continue to rise across the country from COVID-19.” mcclatchydc.com/news/coronavir…
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27 Oct 20
News: The North Carolina Board of Elections has denied international observers access to polling sites on Election Day, a decision that caught members of the mission by surprise as they prepared to arrive in the state. (w/ @chiaravep) mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-…
Denying the request, the board cited a law that only North Carolinians can be present in polling places — a law that has not been cited during previous observation missions, including one just two years ago. mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-…
The OSCE is calling North Carolina's decision a "breach of commitment" and expects it to feature in their upcoming report on Nov. 3. "We were all surprised, because we have observed in North Carolina several times in the past and it hasn’t been a problem." mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-…
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13 Sep 20
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-…
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11 Sep 20
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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2 Sep 20
Exclusive: The Trump administration ‘urgently’ requested governors do everything in their power to ensure that COVID-19 vaccine distribution sites are ‘fully operational by November 1,’ two days before the presidential election. mcclatchydc.com/news/coronavir…
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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19 Jul 20
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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18 Jun 20
In a @McClatchy exclusive, Fauci says he is prepared to oppose any effort by the Trump administration to announce a vaccine breakthrough by November if the science isn't there. “Take that to the bank.” mcclatchydc.com/news/coronavir…
Are concerns with a second coronavirus wave overblown? "No," Fauci said. “If you look at the curve of cases in the United States, and look at the total country, that is not a sharp decline by any means.” mcclatchydc.com/news/coronavir…
Fauci warned that Americans have to face "reality" that cases are spiking – due in part to restlessness, and in part to leadership. In some states, he said, "local authorities are not officially going along with the strict guidelines." mcclatchydc.com/news/coronavir…
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11 Dec 19
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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23 Nov 19
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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