The State Department launched a criminal probe into the double-dipping activities of longtime Hillary Clinton confident Huma Abedin two years ago, but decline to pursue it:
State’s watchdog in October 2013 escalated a preliminary inquiry regarding Abedin’s work compensation to a “criminal” probe, according to a copy of the notice the watchdog gave the FBI, which was obtained by POLITICO.
“This is to notify you the U.S. Department of State, Office of Inspector General, Washington, D.C., has opened a criminal investigation of the following: Subject: Huma M. Abedin. Title: Former Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations. Office: Office of the Secretary,” reads the notice to the FBI. “The investigation concerns allegations of title 18 U.S.C. 641 Theft.”
But sources close to Abedin, Clinton’s former deputy chief of staff and current vice chairwoman for the campaign, argued that the news actually exonerates Abedin because the Justice Department’s public integrity unit declined to pursue the matter. It’s unclear exactly why Justice didn’t take it up, but it’s now being handled as an administrative claim in which State has asked Abedin to pay back about $10,000 the IG concluded she was over-compensated.
Imagine if you caught your kid with their hand in the cookie jar, and all you did was make them put some of the crumbs back in.