Having previously warned that Hillary “is often confused,” Clinton’s top aide, Huma Abedin – previously best known for standing by her husband Anthony Weiner after his sexting scandal – is now at the center of the Clinton Foundation – State Department debacle. As Bloomberg reports, for the final eight months of Clinton’s reign as Secretary of State, Abedin worked for both The Clinton Foundation and as a “special government employee” at The State Department.
Huma Abedin was previously most infamous as the “good wife” standing by her sexting scandal husband Anthony Weiner…
And then, as we previously noted, Abedin gained some more infamy for admitting about Hillary that “she’s often confused”…
But, as Bloomberg now reports, Abedin’s overlapping jobs bring a renewed focus on Clinton’s conflicts of interest while at the State Department…
Huma Abedin stepped down from her post as deputy chief of staff at the State Department and Hillary Clinton’s ever-present personal assistant on June 3, 2012. Only she didn’t really leave.
Instead, in a reverse twist on a program intended to bring talented outsiders into government, Abedin was immediately rehired as a “special government employee.” She also took paying jobs with the Clinton Foundation and Teneo Holdings, a consulting firm with international clients that was co-founded by a foundation official who also was Bill Clinton’s long-time personal aide.
Abedin’s multitasking in the final eight months of Hillary Clinton’s time as the top U.S. diplomat — and her role as intermediary for some of the same players before that — are drawing renewed scrutiny after a conservative watchdog group’s release last week of a new batch of e-mails to and from Clinton aides. Abedin has become the personification of an election-year debate over whether the nonprofit foundation will create conflicts of interest if Clinton wins the White House.
Clinton was rated trustworthy by just 41 percent of likely voters in a Bloomberg Politics national poll conducted Aug. 5-8. More than half said that the Clinton Foundation’s acceptance of foreign contributions while she was secretary of state bothers them “a lot.”
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