The chairman of the House subcommittee of Congress Joaquin Castro released a letter to the Leadership of the State Department on Tuesday, in which he announced his intention to investigate the upcoming speech of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the Republican convention.
Pompeo is due to speak at the convention in a remote format on Tuesday. Pompeo is on a foreign tour and visited Sudan on Tuesday, and the address was recorded Monday in Jerusalem. Pompeo will be the first secretary of state in decades to speak at a party convention.
“The Trump administration and Secretary Pompeo have not only shown a complete disregard for basic ethics, but also an open intent to violate federal law for political gain. It is the responsibility of Congress to uphold the rule of law and hold them accountable for these corrupt actions,” Castro said.
“It is absolutely unacceptable that the current Secretary of State, the most senior U.S. diplomat, should use official taxpayer-funded expenses to participate in the congress of a political party, especially after the State Department issued a manual explicitly prohibiting such actions,” Castro added.
Pompeo’s critics point out that he violated his own recommendation to State Department officials not to engage in “party political activities” while working abroad, even in private. The existence of this instruction became known in June.
The State Department said Pompeo was going to perform in his spare time and that he did not use taxpayer money to produce the video.