Foggo Claimed Credit For Getting Mistress’s Boss Fired

February 25, 2009 8:59 a.m.

In addition to his penchant for road rage, Dusty Foggo certainly seems to have known how to treat a lady.

The sentencing memo tells how, after Foggo moved from overseas to the CIA’s headquarters — leaving his wife and family behind — he managed to get a Langley job for his mistress too. Then, when the mistress’s performance was criticized by a highly-decorated supervisor, Foggo got the supervisor fired, telling his mistress she could “thank him later.”

Since at least mid-2004, Foggo had had his eyes on ER, a woman he met at the Overseas Location. When Foggo returned to Headquarters in November 2004, his family remained overseas. With his family far away, he moved quickly to bring ER much closer by recruiting her to the CIA. Foggo brought ER to headquarters in November 2004 and introduced her to several officials, effectively endorsing her as a candidate for employment. Shortly thereafter, ER applied for a position with the CIA’s Office of General Counsel (“OGC”). She was interviewed later that month.

As CIA hiring officials began to investigate ER’s background, however, they learned of problems in her previous government employment that precluded her from employment with the CIA: she had engaged in improper conduct with a superior and had impeded the Inspector General’s investigation of the conduct by destroying evidence. As a result, on or about February 28, 2005, a CIA official sent ER a rejection letter.

In the meantime, Foggo had arranged for his family to remain overseas – at the public’s expense – and his relationship with ER had become sexual in nature. The rejection of her employment application infuriated Foggo. He summoned the Managing Associate General Counsel (the “MAGC”), to his office, where Foggo insisted that ER was vital to TK. When the MAGC raised his concerns about the Inspector General’s report regarding ER’s conduct, Foggo twice warned him to be careful how he referred to ER.

Far from debunking the IG’s report of ER’s conduct, Foggo was actively engaged in the same type of relationship with her. Nevertheless, Foggo forced OGC to hire ER. After OGC relented, Foggo pressured CIA employees to expedite the completion of ER’s vetting, including having her paperwork tagged as an “ExDir Interest.”

ER began her employment with the OGC’s Administrative Law Division in July 2005. Although she was new to the Agency, ER made very little effort to perform the work required of her at an acceptable level. She resisted her supervisor’s feedback and outright refused requests that she redo work that was sub-par. Instead of being receptive to her supervisor’s critiques and suggestions, ER made it clear that she had influence with Foggo. Indeed, she did. Her supervisor had been an attorney with the OGC for 20 years, during which time she received numerous performance awards and even the Career Intelligence Medal, which rewards “exceptional achievements that substantially contributed to the mission of the Agency” over the course of a career. Within a month of crossing Foggo’s mistress, however, she suffered a humiliating firing by Foggo. Foggo took credit, reminding ER that she could thank him later.

As Henry Kissinger may or may not have put it: Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.

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