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Pompeo's wife emailed State Department staff for help with personal Christmas cards, source says

September 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's wife asked State Department staff to help send personal family Christmas cards, according to an email exchange obtained by the State Department Office of Inspector General as part of an investigation into potential misuse of taxpayer resources, a source familiar with the investigation told CNN.

(CNN)Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's wife asked State Department staff to help send personal family Christmas cards, according to an email exchange obtained by the State Department Office of Inspector General as part of an investigation into potential misuse of taxpayer resources, a source familiar with the investigation told CNN.

The request from Susan Pompeo, which was first reported by McClatchy, was sent to State Department aide Toni Porter, who testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee last month that she had assisted with personal Christmas cards and felt uncomfortable with the task.

That testimony came as part of a probe from congressional Democrats into the ouster of State Department Inspector General Steve Linick at Pompeo's behest in May.

Pompeo defended his wife Monday evening, telling Fox News, "The fact that they're picking on my wife, who has done yeoman's work as a volunteer to try to make life better for every officer at the State Department, I find pathetic and sad. "

They are viewed as dinners to build Pompeo's network and donor base, and not seen as dinners geared toward foreign policy, State Department officials involved in the planning have told CNN.

The State Department has defended the events as part of Pompeo's official duties.

Susan Pompeo has been heavily involved in the planning of those dinners and the guest list, State Department officials told CNN.

The Office of Inspector General acts as an independent watchdog of the State Department.

A former senior State Department official previously told CNN that "an independent IG's job is to be that: independent.

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