Pompeo's wife and son made personal requests of State Dept staff
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s wife and son reportedly sent personal requests to department officials, according to hundreds of pages of emails recently obtained by NBC News. The emails come as both Congress and the Office of Special Counsel are currently overseeing investigations into allegations of personal misuse of government resources by the secretary and his wife.
While emails previously obtained by McClatchy indicated that the Mike Pompeo’s wife, Susan Pompeo, asked top State Department staffers to work the week of Christmas in order to finish their personal holiday cards, the new emails obtained by NBC reportedly show additional cases when Susan Pompeo instructed staff to complete personal tasks.
The emails also now tie Mike Pompeo’s son, Nick Pompeo, to concerns that the Pompeo family has repeatedly blurred the lines between official government matters and personal affairs.
NBC obtained the emails in response to a pending lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), with NBC requesting documents involving Susan Pompeo’s personal email last November.
NBC reported Thursday that in one email written less than three months after Mike Pompeo’s swearing in, Nick Pompeo thanked State Department officials for giving him and his mother a private tour of the agency’s museum.
"I also want to reinforce my willingness to help your mission in any way I can," Nick Pompeo reportedly wrote. "We view this as a family endeavor, so if you think there is any place I can add value, don't hesitate to reach out."
According to NBC News, Nick Pompeo also asked in the email if he or his software company, WestCap, could be involved in a "data hackathon" event the State Department was planning.
Nick Pompeo reportedly requested details about dates, times, volunteer opportunities and "how I or anyone at my company could help."
The emails obtained by NBC also show that Susan Pompeo gave State Department officials instructions from her personal email address about travel plans, restaurant reservations and the previously reported “Madison Dinners” — regular, unpublicized events held by Mike and Susan Pompeo that were allegedly paid for using taxpayer funds.
The emails from Susan Pompeo also reportedly included maintenance requests for the house the Pompeo family rents on a Washington-area military base.
Special agents from the Secretary of State Protective Division reportedly wrote emails updating Susan Pompeo about repairs to the HVAC system in 2018 and to the porch and stairs in 2019.
"The dryer isn't hooked up ... I think you told me someone was coming to fix that?" Susan Pompeo allegedly said via text message to a State Department official, whose name is redacted, in September 2018.
"Ma'am – On it, I was told it was fixed. Let me get you an answer," the official reportedly wrote in an email hours later.
The State Department did not immediately respond to The Hill’s request for comment on the reported emails.
Stephen Gillers, a law and ethics professor at New York University’s School of Law, told NBC News that while Susan Pompeo's use of her personal email to conduct conversations with State officials was "unwise,” it did not necessarily appear to violate any ethics rules.
"There are certainly 'optics' issues here. It can look like Pompeo is using the office to ingratiate himself with others, possibly future supporters in a 2024 White House race," Gillers said, adding "I don't see that they used the office for financial gain."
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