BREAKING NEWS Zebb's to close New Hartford restaurant Full Story

Alleged blacklister 'Vino Vixen' out at State

Mari Stull, the wine blogger lobbyist turned Trump administration appointee who is under investigation for a...

Posted: Jan 15, 2019 10:48 PM
Updated: Jan 15, 2019 10:48 PM

Mari Stull, the wine blogger lobbyist turned Trump administration appointee who is under investigation for allegedly vetting and blacklisting State Department employees for "disloyalty," has left her post, a spokesperson confirmed Tuesday.

"Ms. Stull concluded her tenure at the State Department on January 11, and we understand has accepted a new position outside government. We appreciate her service to the Department and contributions to U.S. international engagement.," a State Department spokesperson said in a statement to CNN.

Government and public administration

Government organizations - US

Investigations

Politics

US Department of State

US federal departments and agencies

The circumstances around her departure were not immediately clear. Politico first reported the news.

Stull, nicknamed the "Vino Vixen" for the name of a blog she maintained before joining State, served as a senior adviser in the State Department's Bureau of International Organization Affairs. According to a June 2018 report from Foreign Policy, Stull allegedly led a quiet campaign vetting career diplomats for "disloyalty" to the Trump administration.

The State Department Inspector General is investigating allegations of retaliation against career officials, including by Stull, according to State and legislative sources.

Due to the partial government shutdown, the Office of the Inspector General did not reply to a CNN inquiry about the status of this investigation. A separate investigation into this alleged impropriety was reportedly opened by the Office of the Special Counsel, according to Foreign Policy. That office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Article Comments

Utica
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 68°
Oneonta
Overcast
69° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 69°
Herkimer
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 68°
Thendara
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 71° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 68°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
Click for Boilermaker Results & Coverage
Click here to learn more about A Healthier Mohawk Valley
Less that 50 Golf Cards left ... only $79.99 for 28 courses
Great California Adventure with Callihan Marshall