More ethics issues for Huma Abedin?

posted at 8:41 am on September 24, 2015 by Ed Morrissey

While working as a high-level aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin received a curious waiver to work in the private sector simultaneously — and went to work for a firm politically connected to the Clintons and their foundation, Teneo. The waiver itself is under investigation by the Senate Judiciary Committee, a probe that may take on more importance as the FBI succeeds in uncovering more e-mail from Hillary’s server. Politico’s Rachel Bade may have found a quo if not a quid in Abedin’s communications:

A spring 2012 email to Hillary Clinton’s top State Department aide, Huma Abedin, asked for help winning a presidential appointment for a supporter of the Clinton Foundation, according to a chain obtained by POLITICO.

The messages illustrate the relationship between Clinton’s most trusted confidant and the private consulting company that asked for the favor, Teneo Inc. — a global firm that later hired Abedin. Abedin signed on with the company while she still held a State Department position, a dual employment that is now being examined by congressional investigators. …

Abedin’s legal team maintains that the part-time jobs were appropriate and approved by Abedin’s supervisors at State and that she did nothing wrong. Indeed, in the email request obtained by POLITICO, there is no evidence that Abedin interceded on behalf of Teneo as it sought a new appointment for Judith Rodin, a Teneo client and president of the Rockefeller Foundation.

Rodin, a former White House appointee to the White House Council for Community Solutions, did not get the appointment Teneo was seeking. The Foundation paid Teneo $5.7 million in 2012 to do public relations work, but no longer works with the firm.

The Hillary Clinton campaign objected to the leak of the e-mail, which it said was produced with the understanding that it would not be made public. That’s certainly a curious position to take, since by law federal records such as official State Department communications are public records. If it didn’t come from Judiciary, it might well have popped out from any number of FOIA demands — which, as we have seen, the use of a secret server thwarted for years.

This exchange took place before Teneo hired Abedin in the waiver arrangement, which raises questions of its own. Teneo had worked to get appointments through Abedin without success; did they figure that paying her would make her a more effective lobbyist? She may not have “interceded” in a precise legal sense, but asking for allies to push the White House to give a Teneo exec a plum position is lobbying in a practical sense.

While Team Clinton and Abedin’s lawyers are throwing up all sorts of rebuttals on precise statutory grounds, let’s not lose sight of the big picture here. Abedin, a longtime key aide and official staff for a Secretary of State, got a sweet deal in which she could collect two paychecks — one from American taxpayers, and the other from a politically-connected firm that wanted to get White House appointments. It’s absurd to believe that Abedin had value to Teneo as anything other than a conduit to Hillary Clinton and an entrée to the Obama administration. Even if no laws got broken, and that’s still far from clear, the arrangement stinks to high heaven.


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She is a Muslim Brotherhood plant. What could be worse?

Joe Mama on September 24, 2015 at 8:46 AM

Wow, here on EST, it’s pretty early for my
Shocked face…

ToddPA on September 24, 2015 at 8:46 AM

leave huma alone

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on September 24, 2015 at 8:47 AM

Birds of a feather and all that rot.

Limerick on September 24, 2015 at 8:49 AM

I like how we’ve already set our crosshairs for public tar and feathering to Hillary’s assistant since its clear that we’re not going to get her with the feckless and spineless Republicans calling the shots.

More #FailureTheatre

Defenestratus on September 24, 2015 at 8:50 AM

I wouldn’t say that this represents MORE ethics issues for Ms Carlos Danger.

ConstantineXI on September 24, 2015 at 8:53 AM

Don’t be silly. Huma’s a Democrat. Ethics don’t apply.

Daryl on September 24, 2015 at 9:00 AM

If Ms. Abedin was as smart as she is supposed to be, she would have realized that the Clintons are people who don’t have friends, just useful connections and meaningful encounters. All of which can be dumped like an empty drop tank on an F/A-18 when they are no longer useful.

They are also good for diverting incoming fire. As here.

Hillary! is exercising the old Russian boyar custom of kicking peasants off the back of the sleigh so that the wolfpack will stop and eat them, letting her escape.

I suspect The One is already lining up his peasants in the back of the bus.

Of course, Ms. Abedin’s main asset cannot have been her IQ. After all, she married Anthony Weiner. Love isn’t just blind in her case, it’s either a cockeyed optimist or a low-grade moron as well.

clear ether

eon

eon on September 24, 2015 at 9:01 AM

The Special Government Employee (SGE) designation allows private sector workers to work for the government under specific circumstances.

The Department of State’s guidelines include a limitation on the number of hours, etc. that SGE’s can work. They must also file applications and disclosures.

There should be a paper trail a mile long on Mrs. Weiner.

If there isn’t, then it is an ethics policy violation on the State Deparment.

The State Department ethics policies name one singular person as being responsible for implementation…the SoS.

airupthere on September 24, 2015 at 9:01 AM

Even if no laws got broken, and that’s still far from clear, the arrangement stinks to high heaven.

The Dems will continually repeat that there were no laws broken until it become the “ground truth.”

Just like climate change is settled science, Obamacare is settled law, and Blue’s private email server was “permitted” (even though there is no documentation about who permitted it and how it isn’t blatantly illegal).

Happy Nomad on September 24, 2015 at 9:04 AM

Jail

Krupnikas on September 24, 2015 at 9:07 AM

leave huma alone

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on September 24, 2015 at 8:47 AM

…’ethics’ and ‘Huma’ should not be in the same sentence huh?

JugEarsButtHurt on September 24, 2015 at 9:07 AM

Hillary and Huma go directly to jail, do not pass go and do not collect $200 million dollars!

woodhull on September 24, 2015 at 9:13 AM

Hillary and Huma go directly to jail…

woodhull on September 24, 2015 at 9:13 AM

Together? I say it’s not much of a punishment.

Rix on September 24, 2015 at 9:20 AM

“Huma” is 4/5ths “human”.

Rich D on September 24, 2015 at 9:25 AM

That Hillary must be some kind of manager.
While Hillary was Secretary of State for 5 years she never had to receive or send any classified or top secret e-mails the entire time! Why Hillary managed things so well Hillarys top aid Huma had the time to have a second job!
Who said running the country was hard?

Tommyhour on September 24, 2015 at 9:30 AM

I actually felt sorry for this woman during the whole “Carlos Danger” thing, but now I’m thinking they deserve each other.

Saverio on September 24, 2015 at 9:35 AM

“More ethics issues for Huma Abedin?”

Not really. Violations? Sure. But “issues” implies problems or complications of some sort. When no consequences are attached to ethical violations or breaches, there is no “issue”.

juggler46 on September 24, 2015 at 9:46 AM

If Ms. Abedin was as smart as she is supposed to be, she would have realized that the Clintons are people who don’t have friends, just useful connections and meaningful encounters. All of which can be dumped like an empty drop tank on an F/A-18 when they are no longer useful.

eon on September 24, 2015 at 9:01 AM

..please remember that you’re talking about the woman who was (and STILL is) married to Anthony Weiner. So, while stupidity may not be woven into the fabric of her being, ambition certainly is. She is just one of the remora firmly attached to Moby Dick.

The War Planner on September 24, 2015 at 9:47 AM

Of course, Ms. Abedin’s main asset cannot have been her IQ. After all, she married Anthony Weiner. Love isn’t just blind in her case, it’s either a cockeyed optimist or a low-grade moron as well.

clear ether

eon

eon on September 24, 2015 at 9:01 AM

I’m guessing there’s some kind of “kinky” factor going on there?

OccamsRazor on September 24, 2015 at 9:51 AM

Looking at Huma, I can see why Mr Danger wiggled his worm at other faces.

vnvet on September 24, 2015 at 9:52 AM

Welcome back, Ed!

Mrs. Huma Weiner, not so much.

22044 on September 24, 2015 at 9:59 AM

Abedin, a longtime key aide and official staff for a Secretary of State, got a sweet deal in which she could collect two paychecks — one from American taxpayers, and the other from a politically-connected firm that wanted to get White House appointments.

Hmmm… Wasn’t that THREE paychecks at the same time? I think she also had a position at the Clinton “charity” at that time also.

climbnjump on September 24, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Just having been in the presence of Hillary should be enough to convict.

antipc on September 24, 2015 at 10:01 AM

leave huma alone. Richard Nixon was never charged with any crimes, so using my “logic”, Huma and Hillary are innocent too.

ThisIsWhat’sLeftOfYourYourBrainOnSoros on September 24, 2015 at 8:47 AM

F-IXED.

Del Dolemonte on September 24, 2015 at 10:06 AM

The wheels on the bus go ’round and ’round….

CurtZHP on September 24, 2015 at 10:13 AM

Huma sleeps in the same hotel room with Hillary each night…
“A Muslim Brotherhood massage tonight?”
“Only if you wear that see-through burqa”

albill on September 24, 2015 at 10:26 AM

No laws are ever broken by the Clinton Crime Family.

GaltBlvnAtty on September 24, 2015 at 10:41 AM

Discussing this with some Hillary people. They keep saying “but it was approved“. This naturally makes it much worse than if Huma had been moonlighting in secret. “Approved” means HRC and her inner circle approved of double-dipping (proven fact), conflict of interest, and likely unlawful influence selling.

Once again, this would be an immediate POTUS disqualification for anyone else.

forest on September 24, 2015 at 10:59 AM

They should start measuring Huma and Hillary for those orange prison jump suits… pathetic…

Khun Joe on September 24, 2015 at 11:27 AM

Huma made / referenced senior State Department officers travel plans on HRC’s unsecured private server….

Huma Abedin, Clinton’s former deputy chief of staff and present campaign staffer, made plans for Clinton and her aides from the account she had set up on Clinton’s private email server, documents obtained by conservative nonprofit Judicial Watch show.

For example, Abedin emailed colleagues that she was “on a packed train” but offered to discuss the details of a trip to Russia on a call.

Another email shows Abedin used her private account to select a hotel for Clinton on an upcoming trip to Hanoi.

Aren’t / shouldn’t the movements and accommodations used by our top diplomats classified information? I wonder if there were any references of Amb. Stevens’ trip to Benghazi 9/11/12 in those insecure emails? Little tips to her pals in the Muslim Brotherhood? Espionage Act violations?

Athos on September 24, 2015 at 11:52 AM

There are so many angles to look at these situations. Could they really be this stupid to break the law? Do they know so much about the law that they go right to the legal edge but not cross it? And are they so secure in how it will be covered by the press that they don’t care?

Cindy Munford on September 24, 2015 at 12:24 PM

It is disrespectful to keep calling her “Huma”, please, everyone, it is Mrs. Weiner.

F X Muldoon on September 24, 2015 at 12:32 PM

I bet Huma longs for the good old days when we were only talking about her husband’s weiner.

eyesights on September 24, 2015 at 12:38 PM

Huma Danger. Yep.

TXUS on September 24, 2015 at 12:47 PM

How can unethical person have any ethics issues?

PJ Emeritus on September 24, 2015 at 1:08 PM

leave huma alone

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on September 24, 2015 at 8:47 AM

Don’t be mean you guys!
LOL.

JusDreamin on September 24, 2015 at 1:26 PM

Didn’t Hilary wipe that server clean, with a cloth?

Hening on September 24, 2015 at 2:32 PM

as the FBI succeeds in uncovering more e-mail from Hillary’s server.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

E9RET on September 24, 2015 at 5:17 PM

Hello and greetings from the BVI. 83, sunny, and nice westerly breeze. Any one who believes the shyte has hit the fan, time to leave your country. You must remember, this country isn’t the one you recognize. Leaving a failed state is a smart option. Eventually the takers will rule, which means, you must pay. Not today, nor tomorrow will I submit nor comply.

Liberals_Hate_The_Truth on September 24, 2015 at 10:16 PM