Surprise: Hillary’s chief of staff at State had a second job — which required her to negotiate with a foreign government

posted at 5:01 pm on October 12, 2015 by Allahpundit

I know what you’re thinking — conflict of interest! — but c’mon. If the government of Abu Dhabi wanted to buy influence with Hillary Clinton, they’d just cut a check to the Clinton Foundation like everyone else. There are so many conflicts of interest to choose from with the Clintons and their lackeys, like Huma Abedin, that it’s silly to focus on just one.

But here’s the latest one for the pile, via WaPo. Turns out that Hillary’s right-hand woman, Cheryl Mills, was working for NYU back in 2009 when Hillary asked her to come aboard as her new chief of staff at the State Department. Mills claimed that she never intended to stay as COS full-time, just temporarily while she and Hillary found someone suitable for the job, which is why she didn’t quit her NYU job immediately. That’s transparent nonsense, of course: Mills and Abedin are Hillary’s two most loyal longtime aides and were destined to end up as high-level operatives at State once Clinton herself was sworn in as secretary. Who else could Hillary have trusted for tasks as sensitive as suggesting “changes” to the Accountability Review Board’s report on Benghazi and forwarding classified information on a private e-mail server to the Clinton Foundation? Even so, that’s Mills’s explanation for why she thought she could juggle both jobs for a few months early in Hillary’s term — she didn’t think she’d be staying.

What wasn’t known until recently was that Mills’s work at NYU involved negotiating for an overseas campus for the university in Abu Dhabi with the government of that emirate. And naturally it wouldn’t be lost on that government that they shouldn’t alienate a close confidante of America’s new chief diplomat, who’d just agreed to join her at the State Department “temporarily.” So Mills worked both jobs, an arrangement which WaPo says probably didn’t technically violate federal ethics rules but which several experts said they find highly, highly irregular. Go figure.

“This is exceedingly unusual, perhaps exceptional in the history of modern federal bureaucratic leadership. I’ve never seen it before,” said Paul C. Light, an NYU professor who has studied government employment in depth for decades and is a former head of the Center for Public Service at the Brookings Institution…

Richard W. Painter, who served as a White House ethics lawyer under President George W. Bush, said Mills’s work probably complied with the law provided she did no work at State that would financially affect NYU and its overseas campus.

Still, he called the appearance of the arrangement “problematic” and said he thinks it would have been best handled if State Department lawyers were “closely monitoring” both Mills’s responsibilities for NYU and the university’s interests around the world.

“At this level, that you would make someone a GS-15 and yet have them continue to be a lawyer for a large academic institution or a large law firm — that I’ve never seen,” said Painter, who is a professor at the University of Minnesota Law School.

Funny thing about that GS-15 rank assigned to Mills: Normally, per WaPo, a chief of staff would be listed as part of the “senior executive service,” which would limit the amount of outside income she could receive to roughly $26,000. Instead, by listing her as GS-15 for a few months, Mills avoided a cap on her NYU compensation, which ended up being $198,000 in salary in 2009 and another $330,000 in severance when she quit to work for Hillary full time. Being a de facto Clinton, with access to the extensive “It’s not technically illegal, but…” Clinton playbook, has its advantages.

Mills insists she did nothing wrong and can’t recall any issues at State that would have demanded her recusal. Assuming Hillary wins next November, she’s quite likely to be the next White House chief of staff.


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APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 12, 2015 at 5:05 PM

The klintons have more connections than a thousand piece lego set.

YahwehPundit on October 12, 2015 at 5:06 PM

Assuming Hillary wins next November, she’s quite likely to be the next White House chief of staff.

Please let it not be. I wish not to live to see such times.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on October 12, 2015 at 5:07 PM

“… it’s silly to focus on just one.”

Lawless…

… and the media is OK with it.

Seven Percent Solution on October 12, 2015 at 5:07 PM

Lawless…

… and the media is OK with it.

Seven Percent Solution on October 12, 2015 at 5:07 PM

As is the GOPe/RINO’s…they are thinking “Killer! Can’t wait to do our own double dipping”…they could care less!

winston on October 12, 2015 at 5:12 PM

Bbbuutt..butt..bbbut…Halliburton !!!!!
/troll

burrata on October 12, 2015 at 5:18 PM

Two jobs for six figures, each, one of which was grist for the Mills for the other. The Mafia would be proud.

vnvet on October 12, 2015 at 5:19 PM

I thought that it was illegal to have secret documents and share them with anyone but another cleared individual? Isnt she going to jail?

nicknack60 on October 12, 2015 at 5:19 PM

Funny thing about that GS-15 rank assigned to Mills: Normally, per WaPo, a chief of staff would be listed as part of the “senior executive service,” which would limit the amount of outside income she could receive to roughly $26,000. Instead, by listing her as GS-15 for a few months, Mills avoided a cap on her NYU compensation, which ended up being $198,000 in salary in 2009 and another $330,000 in severance when she quit to work for Hillary full time. Being a de facto Clinton, with access to the extensive “It’s not technically illegal, but…” Clinton playbook, has its advantages.

Mills insists she did nothing wrong and can’t recall any issues at State that would have demanded her recusal. Assuming Hillary wins next November, she’s quite likely to be the next White House chief of staff.

Hey, what’s $502,000 between friends?

In Clinton land, that’s just walking around money.

talkingpoints on October 12, 2015 at 5:21 PM

Just when you think Clinton couldn’t be any scummier…

jaime on October 12, 2015 at 5:24 PM

Hey, kids!

US$ 48,040 Tuition

US$ 24,000 Room and board

US$ 3,353 Health Insurance

US$ 75,393 Annual estimated expenses for an NYU undergraduates 2015

At least the money goes to worthy causes.

(Remember when student health insurance was $50 a semester-back before Obama took over with affordable healthcare)

talkingpoints on October 12, 2015 at 5:27 PM

Ten students tuition went to pay Mills for that one year. Wow. Let’s here it for Hillary making education more affordable.

talkingpoints on October 12, 2015 at 5:30 PM

OK. Students’. hear.

talkingpoints on October 12, 2015 at 5:30 PM

Just curious about $330,000 severance pay for QUITTING a job.

tj4osu on October 12, 2015 at 5:40 PM

Bbbuutt..butt..bbbut…Halliburton !!!!!
/troll

burrata on October 12, 2015 at 5:18 PM

Halliburton became toxic to the Dems in 2006, after their Sugar Daddy George Soros bought $61 million worth of Halliburton stock.

Why do you think they suddenly became Koch-Obsessed?

Del Dolemonte on October 12, 2015 at 5:46 PM

Killary had several additional jobs as well while SoS judging from the millions of dollars she was paid bribed by multiple foreign governments — not to mention Bubba’s skyrocketing, fraudulent speaking fees immediately upon her appointment to the post …

ShainS on October 12, 2015 at 5:46 PM

Just when you think Clinton couldn’t be any scummier…

jaime on October 12, 2015 at 5:24 PM

That swamp scum that Nancy “Stretch” Pelosi talked about draining……

well there it is…

in orange….

Electrongod on October 12, 2015 at 5:47 PM

A term like “irregularities” is truly insufficient when dealing on Clintonian scale – they have a long history of bending the rules for profit or power, and seem to relish living on the edge of legality. Of course, one cannot walk such a tightrope for 40 years without actually violating the law on occasion, but they have always walked away clean – a surrendered law license here, a marred reputation there, no jail time – up until now.

But Bill was a charming devil. Hillary is a nasty piece of work, a real shrew, and she can’t hide it. No one is going to cry if she goes away.

Adjoran on October 12, 2015 at 5:50 PM

Nothing to see here
-lsm

cmsinaz on October 12, 2015 at 5:51 PM

Imagine what her salary would be when tuition is free.

bsinc1962 on October 12, 2015 at 5:54 PM

That swamp scum that Nancy “Stretch” Pelosi talked about draining……

well there it is…

in orange….

Electrongod on October 12, 2015 at 5:47 PM

That’s right.

When democratics talked about “a culture of corruption” they must have been talking about Clinton.

jaime on October 12, 2015 at 6:00 PM

Hillary Clinton belongs to the Corruptocrat party.

jaime on October 12, 2015 at 6:02 PM

neo “Gilded Age” mode in both billion-dollar parties

kunegetikos on October 12, 2015 at 6:04 PM

Why anyone would think that slimball Hillary and her carpet cleaners Mills & Abedin should be put in charge of this country is beyond me.

Pain Train on October 12, 2015 at 6:05 PM

In got the fever and the only cure is Federal prison for all these criminal broads.

Mason on October 12, 2015 at 6:06 PM

Gotta get me one or two of those no show democrat jobs…

jaywemm on October 12, 2015 at 6:06 PM

Traitor

TX-96 on October 12, 2015 at 6:21 PM

Um, why are the leftist elites universally rich?

It must be part of the right wing conspiracy.

Limerick on October 12, 2015 at 6:34 PM

Conflict of Interest should be the least of the charges she should be facing.

Another Drew on October 12, 2015 at 6:35 PM

Eight years of these cunning stunts?

Pain Train on October 12, 2015 at 6:50 PM

Mills is one of the parties observed going through boxes of materials by a State employee (now retired, and I hope well-protected) once questions began to arise about Hillary’s tenure.

The apologizers for Hillary and Mills at the WaPo are head-in-the-sand stupid.

onlineanalyst on October 12, 2015 at 7:04 PM

Did NYU know about this, and if so, who voted to go along with it? Might be time for some reparations!

Just curious about $330,000 severance pay for QUITTING a job.

tj4osu on October 12, 2015 at 5:40 PM

Probably glad to pay it to get rid of her.

Lance Corvette on October 12, 2015 at 7:27 PM

Yawn. HRC knows nobody on the Right has the guts to do anything.

mankai on October 12, 2015 at 7:33 PM

Look, they’re Gimmedats. Get it?

The RULES of OFFICE such as they are DO NOT APPLY to Gimmedats.

Especially if they are in ANY WAY associated with the Clinton Criminal Enterprise … er Foundation, er FUNDation … whatever.

They’re DIFFERENT … see?

Missilengr on October 12, 2015 at 8:14 PM

they don’t even bother to try to hide any of this.

forest on October 12, 2015 at 9:03 PM

Thanks to the Media, there is virtually nothing that Hillary and her evil minions can’t get away with.

justltl on October 13, 2015 at 7:57 AM

Is there ANYthing that one could do while employed at State that is considered illegal?
I mean, other than being employed while Republican, or something? Would taking a wheelbarrow full of Classified documents and nuclear launch codes to the Russian Embassy qualify?
Probably not if you’re “Hummer ” Abedin, or another one of The Cankles Girls. But so much as JAYWALK as a Republican, and you’re looking at 3-5 years.

orangemtl on October 13, 2015 at 4:30 PM