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House Democrats Launch Probe Of Pompeo’s Unethical Convention Speech

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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Pompeo May Have Ousted State Department Watchdog To Cover Up For Trump Pal

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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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International Criminal Court Condemns Trump’s ‘Unacceptable Attempt To Interfere’ With Prosecutions

The International Criminal Court has condemned the Trump administration's decision to authorize sanctions against court staff, saying it amounted to "an unacceptable attempt to interfere with the rule of law and the Court's judicial proceedings."

An executive order by Donald Trump announced Thursday authorizes sanctions against ICC staff investigating American troops and intelligence officials and those of allied nations, including Israel, for possible war crimes in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

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Pompeo Formed CIA ‘Advisory Board’ To Build His Political Network

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Before Mike Pompeo was secretary of state in the Trump Administration, he served as director of the Central Intelligence Agency — a position he held from January 2017 (the month Trump was sworn into office) to April 2018. Journalist Natasha Bertrand looks back on Pompeo's activities as CIA director in an article for Politico, reporting that he "put together an undisclosed board of outside advisers" that "some at the agency viewed as inappropriately weighted toward wealthy individuals and well-connected political figures."

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