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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s wife asked top US State Department staffers to work the week of Christmas last year so they could help her finish writing personal holiday cards, according to emails recently obtained by McClatchy.
Susan Pompeo used her personal email address to ask Toni Porter, a longtime aide of Pompeo’s and an adviser to the secretary, who would be able to help her with cards the week of Christmas.
“I see that you are out of the office all next week,” Susan Pompeo said in an email dated December 19. “Do you know, is Joe also out? I’m wondering if we are sending the last of our personal cards out, who will be there to help me. Mike will not want to go outside you and Joe for this assistance.”
Porter forwarded the email to Lisa Kenna, an executive secretary at the State Department, who volunteered to help but warned: “I’d worry about asking others for personal things.”
The email correspondence was released as House Foreign Affairs Committee continues to investigate the May 15 firing of State Department Inspector General Steve Linick.
Kenna and Porter have both testified before the House committee and were asked about the Pompeos’ use of government resources.
Porter said during testimony that she was “uncomfortable” with the holiday request from Susan Pompeo, according to McClatchy.
In July, a Politico Magazine report State Department officials and former Pompeo employees said that Susan Pompeo had used federal employees to run personal errands like dog sitting, dry cleaning, and food runs.
In a statement to McClatchy regarding its recent report on Susan Pompeo’s emails, the State Department said: “It is not a revelation that Mrs. Pompeo, like all the spouses of our dedicated diplomats, is a tremendous force multiplier for our diplomatic mission. We are beyond proud and honored to have Mrs. Pompeo, and all diplomatic spouses, give so much time, voluntarily, to ensure we here at State are One Team with One Mission. All her service is not only legal, but admirable.”
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