The complaint was filed with the State Department Office of Inspector General (OIG) by an employee who said they "directly witnessed and/or heard n
The complaint was filed with the State Department Office of Inspector General (OIG) by an employee who said they “directly witnessed and/or heard numerous firsthand accounts” of the behavior.
Although it is unclear from the heavily redacted four-page document what specific concerns were raised by the whistleblower, they note that there were attempts “on several occasions to obtain clarifications from senior leadership in (the Executive Secretariat) and from the Office of the Legal Advisors,” but those who tried “were blocked from doing so.”
The whistleblower also said that to their knowledge there was no action taken to “resolve the issues” and “several” of the individuals whose names are redacted in the complaint “specifically directed subordinate staff to continue facilitating questionable activities after the concerns were raised.”
The complaint said the misconduct took place in Washington, DC, New York, Florida and overseas.
Clark Pettig, the spokesperson for American Oversight, said the whistleblower complaint shows what kind of red flags were being raised about Pompeo’s conduct at the State Department.
“From the outside, Secretary Pompeo’s conduct has been deeply troubling for a long time, and now we can see the kind of red flags it was raising inside the State Department. Even with the heavy redactions, the details of this complaint are cause for concern as Secretary Pompeo continues to hold questionable, political events around the country,” he said.
The State Department did not reply to a request for comment.
Among the issues Linick’s office was investigating at the time of his ouster were Pompeo’s potential misuse of taxpayer resources and his decision to expedite an $8 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia.
Pompeo has denied that he was aware of ongoing probes related to his conduct and insisted that his recommendation to fire Linick was not retaliatory. Instead, Pompeo accused him of undermining the department’s mission and of not following directions, despite the inspector general’s mandate as an independent watchdog.
However, Linick told Democratic and Republican lawmakers and select staff from the House Foreign Affairs and House Oversight committees, and Democrats from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in early June that he didn’t believe there was “any valid reason that would justify (his) removal.”