Huma Abedin and the Tangled Clinton Web
As already noted, she is reportedly in the circle of Hillary Clinton’s State Department aides who transmitted classified information via Mrs. Clinton’s private, non-secure email system. It now appears that classified information may have been unlawfully transmitted via at least 12 -- and as many as 30 -- private email accounts. I outlined these new revelations on Thursday, relying on the indefatigable reporting of Catherine Herridge and Pamela K. Browne at Fox News. Recklessly causing classified information to be removed from its secure government repository, and causing classified information to be transmitted to persons not entitled to have it, are both felony violations of federal law.
And now we have the afore-described subpoena to the Clinton Foundation.
Insofar as Ms. Abedin is concerned, the IG’s inquiry appears to center on the end of her tenure at the State Department, from her return from maternity leave in June 2012 through her early 2013 exit from the Department. With the approval of then-Secretary Clinton, Abedin’s status was changed to “special government employee.” This enabled her, while continuing to work for State, to take a senior position at Teneo, a private strategic consulting firm co-founded by Doug Band, a confidant and former adviser of President Bill Clinton, and Declan Kelly, a Clinton confidant and fundraiser whom Secretary Clinton appointed to be the State Department’s economic envoy to Northern Ireland.
As a Judicial Watch report notes, while Teneo touts itself as having been founded in 2011, components of the firm appear to have been registered as early as 2009. Declan Kelly, Teneo’s CEO, served as State’s envoy to Northern Ireland from September 2009 through May 2011. There is thus some question whether he, too, was working at Teneo while employed by the government.
In any event, Abedin clearly worked for Teneo while working for the State Department. As the New York Times has reported, she failed to reveal her Teneo employment and compensation on government disclosure forms. She claims her “special government employee” status absolved her of fulfilling this transparency obligation (notwithstanding that disclosure would plainly have been required had she still formally been a top aide to the secretary of State -- the role she continued in de facto).
To tangle the web even further, Abedin was also working for the Clinton Foundation. At the time, former President Clinton was running the Clinton Foundation. He was simultaneously a paid adviser to and client of Teneo.
Also overlapping at Teneo and the Clinton Foundation was Justin Cooper. According to Judicial Watch, Cooper, another longtime Clinton flunky, is linked to the registration documents for the private server at the center of Mrs. Clinton’s email scandal. Citing his Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination, Cooper reportedly refused to testify before the House Committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi massacre (the Committee was inquiring into, among other things, whether Clinton emails had been withheld from its investigation).