What is going on at the US State Department? Instead of filling key diplomatic positions like assigning an important vacant ambassadorships like one to South Korea, the State Secretary Rex Tillerson is ordering 100s of staffers to review records pertaining to the former Secretary of State and the democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. This is definitely not normal.
This task has probably been ordered by the republican President Donald Trump. The rumor grapevine has been super busy lately with a lot of chatter about Mr. Tillerson possibly leaving his post by January 2019, only to be replaced by the CIA Director Mike Pompeo who is reputed to be a President Trump’s loyalist. The gossip has it that another loyal subject to the president, Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) would then become the next CIA director.
Here’s the rest of the story…
On November 8, 2017, Hunter of Daily Kos penned the following report, “Rex Tillerson reassigns ‘hundreds’ of State Department employees to search for Hillary Clinton dirt.
Rex Tillerson, President Garbage Fire’s largely inconsequential and oft-humiliated Secretary of State, is still struggling with unfilled positions and a president who continually undercuts his own diplomatic statements. He has, however, fully devoted himself to Trump’s only apparent use for a State Department: fishin’ for Hillary Clinton dirt.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s assignment of as many as several hundred State Department officials to quickly clear a huge backlog of public records requests is being met with deep skepticism by rank-and-file employees.Tillerson says his goal is transparency. But many State workers fear the real reason is political: expediting the public release of thousands of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s official emails.
“This follows news that Trump has demanded a speedier release of any remaining emails from the previous secretary of state, an overtly political request being made by a sitting president to, if at all possible, further retaliate against his political opponent. Which is not normal.”
“But there’s another dynamic at work here as well: Tillerson’s demand that hundreds of State Department officials abandon their current duties to be retasked with sorting through public records requests is being seen by many of those officials as another attempt to punish and/or cull the diplomatic ranks.”
“The staffers also suspect the move — which will reassign many of them from far more substantive duties and has already sparked a union complaint — is meant to force many of them to resign out of frustration with what are essentially clerical positions. […]While many of the people assigned to open-records duty are lower-level staffers and interns, some have previously held prestigious posts, helping shape U.S. foreign policy and engaging in high-level diplomacy.”
“And under Trump, the U.S. won’t be needing any foreign policy or high-level diplomacy—so sorting through paperwork it is.”