Senior Trump officials accused of harassing, retaliating against career State Dept. employees

Source: The Hill | August 15, 2019 | Rachel Frazin

A federal watchdog alleges that top officials in the State Department’s Bureau of International Organization Affairs harassed and mistreated staffers, according to an inspector general report published Thursday.

The report accused officials of engaging in “disrespectful and hostile treatment” of staffers, and alleges that officials harassed some staffers over suspicions that they were “disloyal” to President Trump.

The watchdog found that at least one top career employee was pushed out of her role for inappropriate reasons, while others had their duties stripped from them because of their superiors’ political views.

The report claims Kevin Moley, assistant secretary of State for the department’s Bureau of International Organization Affairs, failed to prevent the alleged mistreatment in spite of multiple complaints. The document also cites numerous examples of alleged inappropriate behavior by Mari Stull, who previously was a senior political appointee in the bureau.

The two were accused of having “frequently berated employees, raised their voices, and generally engaged in unprofessional behavior toward staff,” according to the report. The IG report also found that Moley and Stull treated employees in a “harsh and aggressive manner,” engaged in “disrespectful and hostile treatment,” and created a “negative and ‘vindictive’ environment.”

The report said that about 50 domestic employees have left the IO since Moley took over. Of those who were interviewed by the watchdog, most cited poor leadership as a factor in their decision.

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