- Susan Pompeo used her personal email address to ask US State Department officials to work during last year's Christmas week and to help write personal Christmas cards. According to emails from McClatchy.
- Two members of the email chain, Lisa Kenna and Toni Porter, testified last month as part of their State Department investigation before the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
- The State Department said McClatchy was "immensely proud and honored that Ms. Pompeo and all diplomatic spouses volunteer so much time to make sure we are a team on a mission here at State."
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo 's wife asked State Department officials to work during Christmas week last year so they could help her write personal Christmas cards. According to emails McClatchy recently received.
Susan Pompeo used her personal email address to ask Toni Porter, a longtime advisor to Mike Pompeo and advisor to the secretary, who could help out with cards during Christmas week.
"I see you will be out of the office for the whole of next week," Susan Pompeo said in a December 19 email, according to McClatchy. "You know, is Joe outside too? I wonder if we can send out the last of our personal cards that will be there to help me. Mike won't want to go outside of you and Joe for that help."
Porter forwarded the email to Lisa Kenna, an executive secretary at the State Department, who volunteered to help but warned, "I would be concerned about asking other people for personal things."
The email correspondence was released as the House Foreign Affairs Committee was investigating the dismissal of the Department's Inspector General Steve Linick on May 15.
Kenna and Porter both testified before the House Committee last month and were asked about Pompeos' use of government funds. Porter said she was "uncomfortable" with Susan Pompeo's vacation request, according to McClatchy.
In one Politico Magazine report In July, State Department officials and former Pompeo employees said Susan Pompeo had hired federal employees for personal errands like dog sitting, dry cleaning and food.
In a statement to McClatchy of his report on Pompeo's emails, the State Department said: "It is not a revelation that Ms. Pompeo, like all the spouses of our dedicated diplomats, is a tremendous force multiplier for our diplomatic mission. We are also proud and honored that Ms. Pompeo and all diplomatic spouses volunteer so much time to make sure we are a team on a mission here at State. All of your service is not only legal but admirable. "