The State Department concluded this year that Huma Abedin, one of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s closest aides, had committed violations of rules governing vacation and sick leave during her tenure as an official in the department. Shoebat has extensively documented Abedin’s links and ties to Wahhabists, including the Muslim Brotherhood.
The finding — which Abedin has formally contested — emerged publicly Friday, after Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) sent letters to Secretary of State John F. Kerry and others, seeking more information about an investigation into possible “criminal” conduct by Abedin concerning her pay.
According to Grassley’s description of the investigation, Abedin’s time sheets indicated that she never took vacation or sick leave during her four years at the State Department, from January 2009 to February 2013. But the investigation, the senator wrote, found evidence that Abedin did take time off, including a 10-day trip to Italy, and that she told colleagues in e-mails that she was out “on leave.”
OIG found at least a reasonable suspicion of a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 641, theft of public money through time and attendance fraud, and Title 18, United States Code, Section 208, acts affecting a personal financial interest related to conflicts of interest connected to her overlapping employment as an SGE and her employment at Teneo and at the Clinton Foundation. The Judiciary Committee first inquired about related issues in June 2013. In May 2013, the Department of State allegedly paid Ms. Abedin approximately $33,000 for “unused” leave, though it is unclear whether she should have been entitled to such a payment.”
The letter to Abedin can be read in full here.
Ms. Huma Abedin
July 30, 2015
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In May 2013, the Department of State allegedly paid you approximately $33,000 for
“unused” leave, though it is unclear whether you should have been entitled to such a payment.
During approximately three and a half years as a full time government employee, you reportedly never requested, were approved for, or had your leave balance reduced for use of any sick leave, annual leave, administrative leave, or maternity leave. Yet, the allegations illustrate that you were in fact on leave on numerous occasions. If these allegations are true, then it raises questions for you and your Department supervisors about why you were paid the cash value of leave taken but not reported and whether you were entitled to such a payment.
On June 13, 2013, the Judiciary Committee asked that you provide, among other things,
all documents and communications between the Department of State and Teneo, and any client or entities they represent. You did not provide the requested documents in your response on July 5, 2013. Since then, the Judiciary Committee has received additional allegations that further inform the original request. The Committee has learned of allegations that, during your simultaneous employment by the Department of State, Teneo, and the Clinton Foundation, you were solicited for and delivered favors for preferred individuals. For example, while employed by the Department of State, you allegedly sent or received approximately 7,300 emails on your official Department of State address that involved Mr. Douglas Band, President of Teneo. In one exchange, Mr. Band allegedly emailed you to request that you reach out to then-Secretary
Clinton to encourage President Obama to appoint Ms. Judith Rodin to a White House position.
At the time, Ms. Rodin was a client of Teneo and President of the Rockefeller Foundation, a large donor to the Clinton Foundation, a fact which Mr. Band allegedly noted in his email. In addition, you allegedly forwarded this email and others to your non-government account ending in @clintonemail.com. As a result, investigators were unableto review any subsequent emails on the chain, as they were shielded from the Department’s records systems on Secretary Clinton’s non-government server. In light of this new information, please provide the following documents and information:
1. All documents and communications responsive to the June 13, 2013, letter from the
2. All documents and communications referring or relating to time and attendance, all
approved timesheets, leave requests, and any requests for paid or unpaid excused
absences or administrative leave.
3. All documents and communications referring or relating to any amount received as
compensation for unused leave.
4. All documents and communications referring or relating to your designation as an SGE.
Ms. Huma Abedin
July 30, 2015
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5. All e-mails forwarded from your Department of State account to any of your other e-mail accounts.
6. What was the purpose of your trip to Italy and France in 2011? If it was to conduct Department of State business, was a government travel voucher submitted? If so, please provide a copy.
7. Please provide all records relating to your stay at the U.S. Ambassador to Italy’s
residence in Italy. In addition, did you pay for all aspects of your stay at the residence?
If not, then which aspects of your stay at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence did you pay for, if any?
In responding to these requests, please provide all responsive records from all of your email accounts, including non-government email accounts. Please number your responses according to their corresponding questions. Please submit your responses by August 10, 2015. If you have any questions, contact Josh Flynn-Brown of my Committee staff at (202) 224-5225.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Charles E. Grassley