NBC News: Pompeo’s Elite Dinners On Taxpayers’ Dime Raising Concern | The 11th Hour | MSNBC

NBC News: Pompeo’s Elite Dinners On Taxpayers’ Dime Raising Concern | The 11th Hour | MSNBC


>>>AS WE MENTIONED, WE HAVE A>>>AS WE MENTIONED, WE HAVE A BREAKING NEWS STORY TONIGHT. IT’S ABOUT FRESH SCRUTINY SURROUNDING SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO. ACCORDING TO AN EXCLUSIVE NBC NEWS REPORT THAT BROKE JUST BEFORE WE CAME ON THE AIR HERE TONIGHT, POMPEO AND HIS WIFE HAVE BEEN HOLDING PRIVATE AFTER-HOURS DINNERS ON GOVERNMENT PROPERTY. AND WE QUOTE FROM THE STORY. STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS INVOLVED IN THE DINNERS SAID THEY’D RAISED CONCERNS INTERNALLY THAT THE EVENTS WERE ESSENTIALLY USING FEDERAL RESOURCES TO CULTIVATE A DONOR AND SUPPORTER BASE FOR POMPEO’S POLITICAL AMBITIONS COMPLETE WITH EXTENSIVE CONTACT INFORMATION THAT GETS SENT BACK TO SUSAN POMPEO’S PERSONAL EMAIL ADDRESS. HERE WITH US TO TALK ABOUT IT, ONE OF THE REPORTERS WHO BROKE THE STORY, NBC NEWS NATIONAL POLITICAL REPORTER JOSH LETTERMAN. JOSH, TELL US ABOUT YOUR REPORTING. TELL US ABOUT THE DINNERS, AND BECAUSE WE’RE ALL FREE TO HAVE DINENER A FREE SOCIETY, THE QUESTION BECOMES ABOUT WHO PICKS UP THE CHECK. ALSO SOME OF THE BOLD-FACE TYPE DINNER GUESTS YOU’VE LEARNED ABOUT.>>RIGHT. WELL, YOU’LL REMEMBER FROM YOUR DAYS AS A WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT, BRIAN, COVERING STATE DINNERS AT THE WHITE HOUSE WHERE USUALLY A FOREIGN HEAD OF STATE IS HONORED. THESE MADISON DINNERS THAT WERE BEING HELD AT THE STATE DEPARTMENT WERE KIND OF LIKE A STATE DINNER WITH ALL OF THE POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE, A HARPIST BROUGHT IN, PHOTOGRAPHERS TAKING PHOTOS IN FRONT OF THE FIRE, EXCEPT THE GUEST OF HONOR SEEMED TO BE SECRETARY POMPEO HIMSELF. AT ALL TWO DOZEN OF THESE AT ALL TWO DOZEN OF THESE DINNERS THAT HAVE HAPPENED — POLITICAL TIES THAN THEY DID ANY TIES TO DIPLOMACY. AND THE CONCERN HERE, BRIAN, OBVIOUSLY BEING IT IS YOU, THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER, FOOTING THE BILL FOR THESE DINNERS. WE KNOW FROM SPEAKING TO STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS FOR THIS STORY THAT THEY WERE CONCERNED THAT THOSE WHO WERE ASSIGNED TO PUT THESE DINNERS TOGETHER WERE ESSENTIALLY BUILDING A ROLODEX THAT MIKE POMPEO COULD USE FOR A FUTURE POLITICAL RUN BECAUSE ALL OF THE DETAILED NAMES, CONTACT INFORMATION, PERSONAL ASSISTANT CELL PHONES WERE ALL IN THIS DATABASE FOR INVITEES FOR THIS DINNER, THEN SENT BACK TO MRS. POMPEO’S PERSONAL GMAIL ADDRESS. THAT’S RAISING CONCERNS. WE’RE HEARING TONIGHT FROM CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES. BUT ALL OF THIS TAKING PLACE, BRIAN, AS MIKE POMPEO IS UNDER INCREASING SCRUTINY AS THIS INSPECTOR GENERAL IS REMOVED. WE ARE NOW ALSO REPORTING THAT AMONG THE ISSUES THE INSPECTOR GENERAL WAS LOOKING INTO WAS THE MISUSE POTENTIALLY OF A POLITICAL APPOINTEE TO DO PERSONAL TASKS. AS OF TONIGHT, NBC NEWS IS NOW ABLE TO REPORT THAT POLITICAL APPOINTEE IS AN OFFICIAL NAMED TONY PORTER, WHO WAS ACTUALLY WORKING DIRECTLY ON THESE DINNERS. BUT WE’VE REACHED OUT TO THE STATE DEPARTMENT, BRIAN, AND THEY ARE DEFENDING THESE MADISON DINNERS THAT POMPEO HAS BEEN HOLDING, SAYING THEY ARE A LEGITIMATE DIPLOMATIC PURPOSE AND SAYING THAT ONCE CORONAVIRUS IS OVER, THE SECRETARY PLANS TO CONTINUE THEM. BRIAN?>>QUICK QUESTION, JOSH, AND THEN I HAVE TO LET YOU GO. NUMBER ONE, DID YOU SAY 24 DINNERS? AND, NUMBER TWO, CAN YOU GIVE US AN IDEA OF THE PROMINENT TYPES ON THE GUEST LISTS?>>YEAH. IT WAS ABOUT TWO DOZEN DINNERS THAT HAD HAPPENED WHEN CORONAVIRUS STOPPED SOCIAL GATHERINGS. WE ALSO REVIEWED INTERNAL STATE DEPARTMENT CALENDARS THAT SHOWED THAT MORE DINNERS HAD BEEN ON THE BOOKS THROUGH OCTOBER OF THIS YEAR. AND AS FAR AS THOSE SPECIAL GUESTS, WE’RE TALKING ABOUT MAJOR BUSINESS LEADERS LIKE THE HEAD OF RAYTHEON, THE HEAD OF CHICK-FIL-A, WHICH ISN’T REALLY A COMPANY KNOWN TO DO A LOT OF DIPLOMACY WORK, AS WELL AS MAJOR

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100 thoughts on “NBC News: Pompeo’s Elite Dinners On Taxpayers’ Dime Raising Concern | The 11th Hour | MSNBC”

  • William Helfrich says:

    Like at that face, they are untitled to your meat and potatoes, bet their fat assed Koch and Mercer families were provided prime rib on your dime

  • Daniel Ortega says:

    Trump was trusted with the most important job and instead he opened the door to all his crooked enablers to steal. Jail time for all.

  • Norbert Rosendahl says:

    Why am I not surprised ?
    But don’t forget …. 50% of the American citizens support the behavior of this administration.
    So don’t blame the symptoms …. blame the cause, the citizens got, what they deserve.

  • Alicia Taylor says:

    Jail Trump ,Pompeo, Barr clean the garbage out of government. Mike Pompeo should never be allowed in politics again.

  • David Pedersen says:

    At a glance I'd say Mike Pompeo had way more "Madison Dinners" than what's being reported, way, way, way, more!

  • Rhyme& Reason says:

    Trump's whole administration has been treating the tax payer's resources as their own… most corrupt administration in history…. but then the tone is set at the top…

  • Yvonne Eiland says:

    #POMPEO can have as many dinners as he wants, just not on the #American tax PAYERS Dime!
    Phucking griffter

  • 900fps 900fps says:

    foxes guarding the hen house ,,hows that working out for you all ????you know how to get rid of foxes don't you??

  • Melanie Dawson says:

    Pigs! Criminals! When will it stop?? And they are withholding money for the people to feed their kids and pay their rent?????

  • Vote to Count says:

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo might want to consider resigning before things get worse for him. New reports have revealed that, in addition to using staffers as his personal servants, Pompeo also pillaged the federal coffers in order to throw lavish parties for Fox News hosts and wealthy Republican donors. Pompeo is a POS and crook!

  • lil jack russell says:

    They all have "elite dinners" on the taxpayer's money. They're so out of touch with you, me and the rest of the American people that aren't rich. We the people are being robbed blind by the people who are suppose to have our best interests in mind. Time to vote them all out or time for a revolution. Either one is fine with me!!

  • Just another political misuse of taxpayer money. D's and R's have been doing it for decades. All should be punished for it. But they won't be. All is well in crooked political-ville.

  • Joanne Pichotta says:

    Breaking news, give me a break. Wow, how ridiculous. If this is all you can find. Hmmm. Go to Hillary party, drink some blood, lol.

  • This is blatant Quid Pro Quo activity mafia style. Crooked arrogant Pompeo must be sanctioned for this illegal behaviour.

  • You call this a breaking news.You people spend tax payers money on hoax Russiagate,impeachment ,and other hoax investigations.We don't mind paying him because he does good jobs for us.not like you democrats just enriching yourselves with tax money.I don't think people really care ,people want to go out to work so they can feed their families.Waste of time

  • Davey Te Rangi says:

    OMG there is a quiet a lot of large big bottoms eating tax payers money to pay for the food , like Trump's rather large bottom , lot of large bottom s

  • thomas fletcher says:

    Raising concern with NBC investigators ?
    Josh who ? A lot of pomp and circumstance ? Sounds like a political hit job .

  • Corrupt government … how shocking. Hey grunts, peons, burger flippers, working poor … know your place and don´t complain

  • It's the culture of the Trump administration.
    Usually they try to get advantages from their jobs. A job for a friends kid or a letter of recommendation for a niece .
    but they kept each other in check because they didn't know who's completely corrupt and because IGs were watching but with Trump being the thief in chief it's a free for all and IGs are gone.
    Kleptocracy goes with authoritarian regimes.
    Crook, their oath is worthless .
    If you vote for GOP you have no allegiance to the country

  • My god this guy really thinks he is king! Who would vote for this guy? I guess the same people who voted for his boss

  • Mcfishy First says:

    He’s rich donors get millions of dollars in tax cuts from middle class tax cuts to the rich is about as much money as the rich elite donate each year guess what #bigdog #nocollusion #DONTEVENTHINKABOUTIT everything republicans do is a SCAM

  • Inez Qtaish dreamed about a apatment building , people who was looked Puerto Rican was in the apartment building hiding from people outside with guns, a guy was panicking, he said " he have to get out , people ran inside the building on the second floor, the guy said" we need to go higher up in the apartment building , he said" so the smoke won't go up , people inside the building thought people outside the building were throwing smoke bombs in the apartment , building, people had guns, the guy and me was walking up the stairs, the guy said" it's not no smoke , they didn't throw smoke in the apartment building. people with guns was trying to break the locks and get out the apartment building .

  • Riad Anabtawi says:

    And what these politicians tell you at every four years Convention .
    ." We work day and night for you..".
    .yah yah yah.

  • fragrantlily X says:

    Revelation 3:15-17
    #IKnowYourDeeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm — neither hot nor cold — I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realise that you are wretched, #pitiful, poor, blind and naked.

  • I heard that Reba McIntyre and Dale Earnhardt Jr. attended the dinners. I lost a lot of respect for the both of them.

  • Maria Martinez says:

    Nice to know that "WE" throw some super nice parties, I heard "WE" gave away fantastic "goodie bags".😠😡🤬

  • Ferdinand The Bull says:

    YEP LOOKING AT POMPEO HE DEFINITELY LIKES HIS DINNERS MANY TIMES A DAY!! ONLY THING I DONT LIKE IS IM PAYING FOR THEM!!

  • Ferdinand The Bull says:

    Majority of politicians are in it for lining their own pockets not to help american people! They could CARE LESS THAT you and I are unemployed and can't pay our rent!!! Not all are thieves but a lot are.

  • This story CAN NOT be True! Our wunndurful presidunce made a campaign promise to drain the swamp and it's an unproven fact that he NEVER lies. https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/politics/trump-claims-database/

  • Elias Salcedo says:

    Pompeo is from the Elite Corruption Club. Trumps Country Club Management. Do whatever the idiotic taxpayers are willing to give us.

  • Most corrupt regime ever, stealing the taxpayers blind for Trump and republican donors. Inspector general fired because Trump is terrified of transparency and truth. Pompeo is as corrupt as his master. MAJOR DONORS to President Donald Trump’s presidential reelection campaign have won coveted loans from the Paycheck Protection Program, the new government effort to provide a lifeline to small businesses under duress because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    The loans, which are converted to grants if payroll is maintained and other, sometimes unclear, conditions are met, have been out of reach for tens of thousands of small business owners, many of whom have faced delays and denials. But PPP loans have been swiftly approved for a number of corporations whose executives have donated heavily to Trump’s campaign, Securities and Exchange Commission records show.

    The largest known recipient of small business rescue money has been a set of luxury hotels run by Archie Bennett and his son Monty Bennett. The pair have obtained over $59 million in PPP funds for Ashford Hospitality Trust and Braemar Hotels & Resorts, holding companies used to own and manage a range of hotels, including the Ritz-Carlton in St. Thomas. The companies were eligible for PPP loans because the program was intentionally designed to benefit large franchise owners of restaurants and hotels operators, as long as each location employs 500 people.
    The father and son are also megadonors who have given nearly half a million dollars to Trump since 2016 and over $1.3 million to GOP politicians and groups in recent years. The company, disclosures show, also sought professional influence.

    Just days after the passage of the CARES Act, the sweeping bailout law that enabled the PPP program, the Ashford Hospitality Trust signed a lobbying contract with Jeffrey Miller, a lobbyist and fundraiser who has raised $1,494,000 for Trump’s 2020 reelection. Miller went to work attempting to influence the Small Business Administration and Congress on behalf of his client, records show, to obtain a share of the bailout money.
    They weren’t the only ones with a financial inside track to the Trump administration.

    Continental Materials Corp., a construction equipment product company, received $5.4 million in PPP loans. The firm is owned by the family of Ronald Gidwitz, who has donated $50,000 to Trump and over $109,000 to the Republican National Committee in recent years.

    Jarrett Streebin, the founder and CEO of the shipping and tracking start-up EasyPost, gave $105,600 to Trump last year, utilizing a joint fundraising PAC. Streebin’s company obtained “a few million dollars in a PPP loan,” according to an account in the Wall Street Journal.

    Nikola Motor Company, a startup that develops electric trucks, received $4.1 million in PPP loans. The company is run by Trevor Milton, a billionaire Trump donor. The hotel company owned by Gordon Sondland, the hotel magnate who donated $1 million to Trump’s inauguration, and later received an ambassadorship from the president, received PPP loans.

    Hallador Energy, an Indiana-based coal company, obtained $10 million in PPP funding. The company currently employs Scott Pruitt, Trump’s former EPA administrator, as a lobbyist, the Washington Post reported. Phunware, a Texas-based technology firm employed by the Trump campaign to develop applications to track the locations of voters, received $2.8 million in PPP loans. The Intercept has previously reported on Phunware’s aspirations to develop location tracking for the coronavirus pandemic.

  • the politicos like to spend other peoples money ,thats why they want that job. why else would they spend a gazillion dollars to get the job, and not take a salary

  • Softcore ManaSpark says:

    What! Pompeo is corrupted .. what a surprise .. Spoiled brat .. He is living breathing compromat the ruskis already got him though

  • Any one who has ever actually "drained a swamp" fully knows that there is a lot of stink and slime at the bottom. That is where Trump is now. He did it and he is plodding through it now.

  • This is abuse of power and Trump will not investigate it because Pompeo has too much on him. If this was an issue in the Obama Presidency he would be removed because there was no corruption in the Obama administration.

  • Cut Medicare so that the monies can be use for Pompeo to hold lavish dinners for his important multi millionaire guest who feels hungry.

  • linda taylor says:

    Pompous Pompeo. He has visions of grandeur. I read he has his eyes set on being a Senator and eventually President. He is full of himself and he may be even more dangerous than Trump.

  • Katherine M. says:

    Ahh. The shifty Pompeo Family, using his office for private gain while his wife hoards gov obtained contact info for future reference. Not a classy method, but its closer to Power and that’s the point. Creeps and grifters attract…. more grifters.

  • Christien du Preez says:

    Oh my, another lame MSNBC wee roundabout to distract from REAL issues. Like the prosecutor in Ukraine who has opened a criminal case against Biden. They have a few nice tapes, on which Biden, the then president of Ukraine, and Clapper are colluding. On one tape, the Ukraine president said that they have tried to find dirt on the prosecutor to fire him, but although NOTHING was found, he fired him anyway as a FAVOUR to Biden. NICE!!!!

  • POMPOUS POMPEO,, THIS IS LOOKING LIKE THE FALL OF ROME!!! WHEN EVERYTHING,, BECAME CORRUPT,, AND ALL THAT WAS LEFT,, WAS THE GRANDIOSE DISPLAYS OF POWER.!!! MORE SPENDING ON THE WEALTHY,, AND CRUMBS FOR THE CITIZENRY!!!!! ONE $1,200 CHECK,, SHOULD HOLD YOU OVER,, WELL THEY SPEND 1200 ON HORS D'OEUVRES,, IN THE WHITE HOUSE!!!!!!!

  • It is now official, America has become a banana republic. Bribery will out in the open and the spoils will go to the highest bidder.

  • Kelly ann kanye says:

    I want to know Why we have'nt filed a CLASS ACTION lawsuit against Pompeo for him to return OUR DOGGONE TAX MONEY..
    These Republicans, Mike pompeo,cand his wife are abusing
    OUR tax dollars..I dont know about You, but I want my money back.
    That 500 count dinner did'nt benefit me, or my family, one bit.
    Niether, did it benefit yours.
    Pompeo should have used the money that he, and his wife have already stolen, to host a 500 guest dinner, more than once.
    Call the Whitehouse to show your outrage.

  • Linus Muller Pinto says:

    Wow seems like all Trump appointees are corrupt what is next in this reality show white White House 🤔🤔😳🤣😂

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