Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s longtime confidante and wife of disgraced former Congressman and soon-to-be New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, did not disclose that she consulted for outside groups while still employed by the State Department.
According to reports in the New York Times and Politico, Hillary Clinton “created an arrangement” for Abedin to “work for private clients as a consultant while serving as a top adviser in the department” during her final months at the State Department last year.
The arrangement was reportedly made in June of 2012, when Abedin “quietly left her position” as deputy chief of and became a “special government employee.”
Abedin continued to be publicly identified as Clinton’s “deputy chief of staff,” and she allegedly “did not disclose the arrangement–or how much income she earned–on her financial report” that “requires officials to make public any significant sources of income.”
According to the Times, Abedin “worked for Teneo, a strategic consulting firm, which was founded by Doug Band, a former adviser to President Bill Clinton.” The firm has “advised corporate clients like Coca-Cola and MF Global,” which collapsed while being run by disgraced former New Jersey Governor and top Obama bundler Jon Corzine.
Abedin also “served as a consultant to the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation and worked in a personal capacity” for Hillary Clinton “as she prepared to transition out of her job as secretary of state.”
Officials in the State Department are reportedly sensitive about the arrangement, which ended in March when Abedin became director of Clinton’s transition office.
Even liberal watchdog groups like CREW said the arrangement was “unusual.”
“If she was being held out as a deputy chief of staff, it would be highly unusual for her to be a part-time employee or a consultant,” Melanie Sloan, CREW’s director, told the Times.
These revelations come to light as Abedin’s husband–Weiner–has hired Danny Kedem, a former staffer for Hillary Clinton’s failed 2008 presidential bid, as his campaign manager and is reportedly expected to formally announce next week that he will run for mayor of New York.