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Government watchdog: 'No evidence' Pompeo violated Hatch Act with Kansas trips

Added 05-28-20 09:58:01pm EST - “A government watchdog found "no evidence" that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo violated a federal law governing political activities with trips he took to Kansas last year.” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “Government watchdog: 'No evidence' Pompeo violated Hatch Act with Kansas trips”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A government watchdog found "no evidence" that Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoChinese lawmakers approve law allowing for stricter crackdown on Hong Kong The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - US virus deaths exceed 100,000; Pelosi pulls FISA bill Overnight Defense: Trump ends sanctions waivers for Iran nuclear projects | Top Dems says State working on new Saudi arms sale | 34-year-old Army reservist ID'd as third military COVID-19 death MORE violated a federal law governing political activities with trips he took to Kansas last year. 

The disclosure was made on Thursday by Pompeo when he sent a letter to Sen. Robert MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezSenate panel approves Trump nominee under investigation Hillicon Valley: Trump threatens Michigan, Nevada over mail-in voting | Officials call for broadband expansion during pandemic | Democrats call for investigation into Uber-Grubhub deal Senate chairman schedules vote on Trump nominee under investigation MORE (D-N.J.), the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, that included a copy of the Office of Special Counsel's (OSC) report, and then also sent a copy of the letters to a group of reporters. 

"OSC has no evidence to conclude that you violated the Hatch Act. Therefore, we are closing this matter without further action," the office wrote in a letter sent to Pompeo dated Jan. 21 but released on Thursday.

The OSC, as part of its determination, noted reports that Pompeo had recently told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell urges people to wear masks: 'There's no stigma' Frustration builds in key committee ahead of Graham subpoena vote  Lack of child care poses major hurdle as businesses reopen MORE (R-Ky.) that he did not plan to run for Senate in Kansas, where Sen. Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsThe 10 Senate seats most likely to flip State Department scrutiny threatens Pompeo's political ambitions The age of handshakes may be over — so how to seal the deal now? MORE (R) is retiring at the end of the year. 

"OSC is closing this matter, but reserves the right to reopen its investigation pending any new developments," the office added.

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