July 7, 2013

Top Clinton State Dept. Aide Blows Off Congressional Conflict Of Interest Inquiry

Clinton family insider Huma Abedin who was a top aide in Hillary Clinton’s State Department, has ignored a congressional inquiry into potential conflicts of interest into a special arrangement which she did not disclose, allowing her to continue working as a top official in the Department while she was allowed to simultaneously consult for private clients:

Huma Abedin, the wife Democratic mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner, has not responded to a request by a senior Republican senator for information on an unusual arrangement in which she worked part time for the State Department while also advising private clients.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, wrote Abedin and the State Department on June 13 demanding details on Abedin’s work, while also representing private clients, as a “special government employee” under her longtime boss, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from June 2012 to Feb. 2013.

Grassley wrote that one of those clients, Teneo, “a global strategic consulting firm” may have “compensated you for gathering information from government sources for the purpose of informing investment decisions of your clients.” He did detail that claim further.

Abedin has not responded to or acknowledged the letter, according to Grassley’s office.

Abedin consulted for the Clinton Global Foundation and worked for Hillary Clinton as the head of her post-State Department transition team.