It’s not just New York City Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner who is in trouble, so now it’s his wife too. Huma Abedin’s consulting deals while working for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is now the subject of much scrutiny.
So declares Republican Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley Friday morning promising to get the real truth about Abedin’s tenure at State, where she also took on “private consulting work,” according to the publication, The Hill.
Abedin served as Hillary Clinton’s deputy chief of staff but became a “special government employee” in June 2012 after the birth of her son. Her husband, former congressman Anthony Weiner, resigned in 2011 amid his first sexting scandal.
As Sen. Grassley put it, “The State Department says the federal government uses Special Government Employees ‘to provide services and expertise the executive agencies require. The purpose of my inquiry is to shed light on whether the program is being used as intended, not just by Ms. Abedin, but more broadly, as well.”
While working at State, Abedin represented at least four clients including Hillary Clinton, the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation and a firm co-founded by former president Bill Clinton’s counselor Doug Band, between June 2012 and February 2013, Politico reported last spring.
Grassley is the top Judiciary Committee Republican. He wrote a three-page letter to Abedin and Secretary of State John Kerry. He said he was deeply concerned with her true status which “blurs the line between public- and private-sector employees, especially when employees receive full-time salaries for what appears to be part-time work,” The New York Post reported last month.
The response concerning Abedin’s timeline of employment and conflicting interests did not satisfy the senator.
The State Department’s official response?
“Her services included advising and participating in planning for the Secretary’s schedule and travel. Before starting her SGE [Special Government Employee] position, Ms. Abedin acknowledged that she had read Department ethics guidance for new entrant filers.”
Grassley contends the State Department and Abedin “should be willing to show the documents involved in administering the program to demonstrate good stewardship of tax dollars and the public interest.”
Like so many unanswered questions about secrecy and cover-up in the Obama administration, this one goes on the rising pile.
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