WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on Thursday released the following statement after the U.S. Department of State Inspector General’s Office report reviewing allegations of politicized and other improper personnel practices from the Office of the Secretary:  

“There should be no political or ethnic litmus test to serve our country, but the Trump administration seems to think otherwise,” said Murphy. “The Inspector General’s report confirms a disturbing pattern of severely mistreating State Department employees based on unfounded political attacks. It is a national security liability to continue this practice, and hurts our ability to maintain and recruit our diplomatic corps. Morale at the State Department is at an all-time low and today’s IG report reveals exactly why. Congress should hear directly from those individuals responsible for political retaliation at the Department.”