Yet another investigation has been opened into Sec. of State Mike Pompeo, this time for violating federal law by using his post to engage in political activity, according to CNN.
While Pompeo has already faced a series of investigations by the agency’s internal watchdog, the latest probe was opened by an independent federal agency, known as the Office of the Special Counsel (OSC), over Pompeo delivering his Republican National Convention speech from Jerusalem. It’s actually the second OSC investigation of Pompeo for violating the Hatch Act, which prohibits most administration officials from leveraging their office for political purposes.
“Our offices have confirmed that the Office of Special Counsel has launched a probe into potential Hatch Act violations tied to Secretary Pompeo’s speech to the Republican National Convention,” Rep. Eliot Engel, chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Rep. Nita Lowey, chair of the House Committee on Appropriations, wrote in a joint statement.
“As we get closer to both this year’s election and his own inevitable return to electoral politics, Mike Pompeo has grown even more brazen in misusing the State Department and the taxpayer dollars that fund it as vehicles for the Administration’s, and his own, political ambitions,” the lawmakers added.
Pompeo truly has amassed an impressive resume of corruption for someone who’s next move likely involves running for president in 2024—if Trump loses, of course. If Trump wins, Pompeo will simply be unleashed to misuse taxpayer resources however and whenever he pleases at whatever plumb post he holds. Pompeo’s entire political future really is riding on who prevails next week.