The least surprising thing about this report is that a State Department spokesperson strongly defended Henderson and attacked the inspector general. Have you heard the Acting State/OIG Matthew Klimow offer any defense for his people or their work product? We have not. Is A/IG going to say he does not comment on leaked reports? But since there is no plan to release this report apparently, there is also no reason to offer a defense? Is that it? But wait, the State Department has commented on the leaked report and has attacked the inspector general office. Is that how this works?
The State Department spokesperson also shared testimonials purportedly from three unnamed State Department officials (they all have nice things to say!). Also, the spokesperson shared a lengthy comment from one of Pompeo’s two BFFs in Foggy Bottom, Counselor Ulrich Brechbühl.
HuffPost notes that “No part of the State Department’s response directly refuted the idea that Henderson regularly drank to excess on the job.”
If you remember, in November 2019, State/OIG also released a report on the Review of Allegations of Politicized and Other Improper Personnel Practices Involving the Office of the Secretary. The State Department’s response includes Brian Hook’s 8-page response as well as an official response by you guess it — Counselor Ulrich Brechbühl who wrote: “The Department disagrees with the finding in the report that improper considerations played a role in the early termination oof Employee One’s detail. The report ignores the compelling evidence provided by Brian Hook that his personnel decision in this matter was actually made prior to any of the non-merit factors being brought to his attention, and that the decision was mad for entirely professional and lawful reasons.”
Hey, isn’t this the same office that stayed quiet as mouse when career professionals were attacked by political characters, particularly last year?
Wondering why parts of this report kept getting leaked. Some questions though.
Is the State Department suppressing this IG report?
On what grounds? Hurt feelings?
Is the Acting State/OIG Matthew Klimow now allowing the State Department to decide which of the IG reports can be made public?
So what’s happening to the whatchamacallit …. the Linick-era investigations of you know who? Shhhhhh! Shhhh!!! Keep it low. Top aides knew about it, but they were so bad they never bothered to tell their boss they knew the name of the fella in the IG’s crosshairs and then surprise, the former IG got fired and prevented from returning to his office. And they could not keep their excuses for the IG firing in a straight line, the excuses kept toppling over like drunken sailors on liberty call. Then you know some staffers left or got fired. Then, the replacement guy quit. And then a career person stepped in, but then got replaced. Again. So what’s happening to the whatchamacallits …. go ahead, tell us, just whisper….
Hey Acting @StateOIG, how come this report has not been publicly released? Are you allowing @StateDept to decide for you which of the IG reports can be made available to the public and which ones can be kept under tight wraps? https://t.co/ndSNu7JH8r
— Diplopundit #VotedForDecency (@Diplopundit) October 23, 2020
An unpublished inspector general report obtained by HuffPost raises concerns about longtime GOP operative Cam Henderson. https://t.co/2yYxQrHHqI
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) October 20, 2020
Whip cracking, heavy drinking and profanity-laced threats: The State Department office in charge of etiquette is plagued by etiquette problems, watchdog finds. My latest: https://t.co/DZ9oXJtRWa
— John Hudson (@John_Hudson) August 25, 2020
Join us today at 5:00pm for a conversation with our Chief of Protocol, Ms. Cam Henderson and Ambassador Capricia Marshall on the importance of #Protocol in diplomacy. 🇺🇸🇺🇸 To join the event, register with the following link! #PowerofProtocol https://t.co/xznZfO9jNG
— Office of the Chief of Protocol (@US_Protocol) September 23, 2020