The State Department’s internal watchdog found “evidence of leadership and management deficiencies and mistreatment of career employees” within the State Department.
In a report, the department’s inspector general found a “vindictive” work environment.
The assistant secretary of state Kevin Moley and his former senior adviser Marie Stull reportedly retaliated against employees.
Career employees said Stull, “referred to them or to other career employees as ‘Obama holdovers,’ ‘traitors,’ or ‘disloyal,‘” ... Other career employees told (the inspector general) that Ms. Stull accused them of being part of the ‘Deep State’ and that the assistant secretary accused them of ‘undermining the president’s agenda.’”
The findings were based on a review of thousands of emails and more than 40 interviews with current and former employees. Democrats in Congress urged the investigation after hearing that Trump administration-appointed leaders at the department was mistreating employees that they thought opposed the president.
Stull has since left the State Department and did not respond to the allegations. In a response to the report, Moley, who is still serving as the assistant secretary, denied any unprofessional behavior and disputed the inspector general’s characterizations of numerous meetings he had with superiors to discuss concerns about his leadership of the bureau. ...
“Today’s report confirms what we feared: ‘disrespectful and hostile’ treatment of career employees at the State Department, including spurious accusations that public servants were ‘disloyal’ and improper retaliation against them,” said Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Engel called for Moley to be fired or to resign