Mike Pompeo’s family used State Department staff for personal tasks, NBC report alleges

Andrew Bahl
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife, Susan, exit a plane. A recent NBC News report alleges the Pompeo family used State Department officials for personal tasks.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s family made scores of personal requests of State Department employees, according to a report Thursday from NBC News.

The story, which reviewed hundreds of pages of emails, found that Pompeo’s wife, Susan, and son both blurred personal and professional lines.

That included requests that State Department personnel help with Christmas cards and maintenance at the family’s Washington-area home.

"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 employee in Sept. 2018.

"Ma'am – On it, I was told it was fixed. Let me get you an answer," the staffer allegedly replied shortly thereafter.

Pompeo’s son, Nick, also reportedly asked if his software company could be involved in a "data hackathon" to be held at the State Department, although the agency told NBC his request was denied.

"I also want to reinforce my willingness to help your mission in any way I can," Nick Pompeo reportedly said in an email. "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."

While some of the messages were routine for family members, the report said others, like arranging for an event honoring young executives from Kansas at the State Department offices, were more tangential.

The emails also showed Susan Pompeo’s involvement in setting the so-called “Madison dinners,” or tax-payer funded events where prominent Republican officials, donors and public figures are hosted. The State Department has argued the events are “foreign policy-focused social gatherings."

Mike Pompeo, who represented Kansas’ Fourth Congressional District from 2011 to 2017, has served as secretary of state since April, 2018 after a stint as CIA director.

He has been under fire previously for potentially using government resources for personal gain, with Congressional Democrats accusing Pompeo of “stonewalling” an investigation into the firing of the State Department’s investigative watchdog.

The dismissal of Inspector General Steven Linick was purportedly tied to probes he was conducting related to Pompeo himself using State Department employees for personal tasks.

Those events have prompted a Congressional investigation into Pompeo’s role in Linick’s firing. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Elliot Engel, D-N.Y., told NBC News that Pompeo has used the department "as a personal travel agency or political exploratory committee."

Pompeo and the State Department have maintained that he and his family have conducted themselves above board.

The report comes amid speculation about Pompeo’s political future, including a potential run for the White House in 2024.