Under Biden, Diplomacy Is an Attractive Career Again

Interest in becoming a diplomat has grown, and President Biden’s outreach to other nations is appealing to aspiring diplomats, many of whom felt alienated by Trump policies.

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Watchdog Says State Dept. Failed to Limit Civilian Deaths From Saudi Arms Sales

The inspector general also found the State Department avoided congressional review by dividing sales of controversial arms into smaller packages.

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Another Inspector General Resigns, Raising Questions About Pompeo

Stephen J. Akard became the State Department’s internal watchdog after his predecessor was fired by President Trump at the urging of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was under investigation.

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Top State Dept. Officials Enabled Misconduct by Pompeo, Whistle-Blower Said

A newly public copy of the whistle-blower’s complaint says that top officials who were protecting the secretary of state blocked the whistle-blower from addressing the issue internally.

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Trump Administration May End Congressional Review of Foreign Arms Sales

Mike Pompeo and other aides to President Trump are discussing ending a bipartisan review process because lawmakers have held up sales to Saudi Arabia over civilian casualties in Yemen.

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Pompeo Aide Who Pushed Saudi Arms Sale Said to Have Pressured Inspector General

Congress is looking into whether Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asked President Trump to fire Steve Linick, the department’s inspector general, to retaliate for investigations.

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Demand Answers on Trump’s Firing of Inspectors General

Congress is still owed answers about President Trump’s dismissal of inspectors general.

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Ousted Watchdog Says State Dept. Official Pressured Him to End Inquiry Into Pompeo

Steve A. Linick, the former State Department inspector general, testified that a top agency official tried to “bully” him as he investigated the potential misconduct by the administration.

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Congress Calls State Dept. Officials for Interviews in Expanded Pompeo Inquiry

Lawmakers are investigating whether Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged President Trump to fire Steve A. Linick, the department’s inspector general, to shield himself from Mr. Linick’s inquiries.

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Pompeo Releases Letter Clearing Him of Violating Law With Kansas Trips

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also criticized Senator Robert Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey, who has opened an investigation into the firing of the State Department inspector general.

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Flouting Norms, Trump Seeks to Bring Independent Watchdogs to Heel

The inspectors general system, a key post-Watergate reform to keep government honest, is coming under intense pressure by the president.

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Pompeo Quietly Visits Conservative Donors and Political Figures on State Dept. Trips

The meetings, often kept off his public schedule, have taken place as Mike Pompeo nurtures plans for a presidential bid in 2024 and as he considered a run for the Senate from Kansas.

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‘Where Are They?’: Biden Criticizes G.O.P. Over Trump’s Firing of Inspectors General

At a virtual round table discussion, the former vice president said that defending the independent watchdogs “used to be a hobbyhorse for Republican senators.”

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Susan Pompeo Draws Scrutiny in Inquiry Over Dry Cleaning and Dog Walking

The wife of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is at the center of an investigation into whether a State Department employee was assigned to do household tasks.

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Pompeo Defends Firing of Inspector General, Denying It Was Retaliation

Congressional officials said the inspector general was examining several areas of policy and potential misuse of government resources that had raised concerns about Mr. Pompeo’s actions.

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Pompeo Declined Interview Request From Inspector General About Saudi Arms Sales

The secretary of state instead offered written answers. He was aware of the inquiry and the specific lines of questioning about his decision to resume the sales.

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Why Clean Shirts Become the Stuff of Dirty Laundry

Government watchdogs say skirting the rules against subordinates doing chores hints at a broader disregard for ethics restrictions.

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State Dept. Investigator Fired by Trump Had Examined Weapons Sales to Saudis and Emiratis

A Democratic House committee chairman said the investigation might have been “another reason” for the firing of the inspector general, Steve A. Linick.

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Inspector General’s Firing Puts Pompeo’s Use of Taxpayer Funds Under Scrutiny

Accusations of improperly using government resources have trailed the secretary of state, but President Trump’s move to fire the State Department inspector general has handed Democrats a new weapon.

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Top Democrats Open Investigation into Ouster of State Dept. Inspector General

The lawmakers said that they believed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recommended Steve Linick’s removal because he had opened an investigation into Mr. Pompeo’s conduct.

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Trump Removes State Dept. Inspector General

Steve A. Linick will be replaced by an ambassador with close ties to Vice President Mike Pence, the department said Friday night.

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