Mike Pompeo will find the missing
strawberries, er, whiskey:
WASHINGTON — The State Department said Wednesday that it’s investigating the disappearance of a nearly $6,000 bottle of whiskey given to former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo by the government of Japan.
The department said in a notice posted in the Federal Register that the whiskey’s whereabouts are unknown and “it’s looking into the matter and has an ongoing inquiry.”
The Japanese whiskey was valued at $5,800 and was presented to Pompeo in June 2019, presumably when he visited the country that month for a Group of 20 summit that was also attended by President Donald Trump. But unlike other gifts, the department said there was no record of what had become of the bottle.
Pompeo as you may recall was notable for holding exclusive and fancy “Madison” dinner parties in the State Department for his best donors. Now we are not saying that Pompeo broke out the fancy whiskey for his guests (we totally are suggesting it), but we are saying that Pompeo skirted all the rules, so you know, why not this one?