It hasn’t been easy being Hillary Clinton.
Benghazi and EmailGate are just two scandals turning the tide of public opinion against her, but the scandals throughout her career date back decades, many of which are more repulsive (yes, really). Only five percent of Democrat voters who value “honesty and trustworthiness” voted for Hillary in the New Hampshire primary. Ouch.
We already know Hillary is being investigated by the FBI, but what we didn’t know is that the State Department is investigating her Foundation. With Hillary Clinton, there seems to be a new scandal each day.
Last fall investigators with the State Department issued a subpoena to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation requesting documents detailing certain projects that may have required approval from the federal government, the Washington Post reported. At the time, Hillary Clinton was still serving as secretary of state.
The order also asked for records on the Clintons’ longtime aide, Huma Abedin, who for six months was employed by the State Department, the foundation, Clinton’s personal office and a private consulting firm tied to the Clintons in 2012.
There is no indication that the State IG is looking at Clinton. But as she continues to promote her leadership of the State Department in her presidential campaign, an inquiry involving Abedin and her relationship between Clinton’s agency and her family’s charity could further complicate her efforts.
Abedin served as deputy chief of staff at the State Department starting in 2009. For the second half of 2012, she participated in the “special government employee” program that enabled her to work simultaneously in the State Department, the foundation, Hillary Clinton’s personal office and Teneo, a private consultancy with close ties to the Clintons.
Abedin has been a key figure in Clinton’s personal life and political career since the 1990s when she served as an intern for then-first lady Clinton while she attended George Washington University.
The IG has investigated Abedin before. Last year, the watchdog found that she was overpaid nearly $10,000 and violated her sick leave and vacation policies, a discovery that Abedin and her attorneys have fought.
Abedin served the State Department as deputy chief of staff starting in 2009. During the last six months of 2012, she participated in the “special government employee” program that enabled her to work simultaneously in the State Department, the foundation, Hillary Clinton’s personal office and Teneo, a private consulting firm linked to the Clintons.
Republican lawmakers, led by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), have suggested that Abedin’s intimate involvement in the Clintons’ overlapping public and private worlds created a potential conflict of interest.
That same group of lawmakers has accused foreign officials and others of giving large donations to the Clinton Foundation to gain favor with Clinton while she was serving as Secretary and exploring a potential presidential bid.
The Clinton Foundation has been long criticized for its donors, among them numerous countries with abysmal human rights records. Many of those donors have gotten handsome weapons deals from Hillary’s State Department.
Who knows what they’ll find – but given Hillary’s record I think it would be a conspiracy to suggest that they won’t uncover corruption.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]