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Diplomacy

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is among the allies of President Donald Trump who spoke at the Republican National Convention. Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas is voicing concerns about the speech, and according to The Daily Beast, the congressman described his concerns in a letter sent to Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun before Pompeo's speech on Tuesday.

In his letter — which the Daily Beast has obtained — Castro wrote that Pompeo's speech from Jerusalem "may violate the Hatch Act, government-wide regulations implementing that act, and State Department policies." The Hatch Act of 1939, Daily Beast reporter Erin Banco notes, "prohibits federal employees from participating in certain political activities."

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

One of the inspectors general who President Donald Trump fired earlier this year was Steve Linick, former IG for the U.S. State Department. The Project on Government Oversight has investigated Linick's firing and is reporting that according to its sources, the firing was "likely motivated in part by a review into alleged misconduct by the U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom, Robert Wood 'Woody' Johnson IV, a long-time friend of the president."

According to an article that POGO members Danielle Brian, Nick Schwellenbach, and Adam Zagorin wrote for the organization's website, "(An) inspection report, which went to the London embassy for comment in late April, about two weeks before then-Inspector General Steve Linick's firing, has been sitting on the desk of his replacement — who unexpectedly announced Wednesday that he would be leaving his post Friday."

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