On June 13th, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry in which a June 27th deadline was given for a response to 18 questions in that letter that pertained to Huma Abedin’s time as a “part-time consultant” and “special government employee” beginning in June of 2012.
The deadline has officially come and gone without a response.
Via NY Daily News:
Huma Abedin, the wife Democratic mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner, has not responded to a request by a senior Republican senator for information on an unusual arrangement in which she worked part time for the State Department while also advising private clients.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, wrote Abedin and the State Department on June 13 demanding details on Abedin’s work, while also representing private clients, as a “special government employee” under her longtime boss, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from June 2012 to Feb. 2013.
Grassley wrote that one of those clients, Teneo, “a global strategic consulting firm” may have “compensated you for gathering information from government sources for the purpose of informing investment decisions of your clients.” He did detail that claim further.
Abedin has not responded to or acknowledged the letter, according to Grassley’s office.
As we pointed out back on June 15th, the more important questions – though admittedly more controversial – about Abedin’s time as a “special government employee” have to do with the timing of her move into that postion. According to the New York Times, Abedin allegedly took the new position at around the same time that Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) sent a letter to the State Department’s IG Office (Hillary was cc’d) that raised questions about Abedin’s familial connections to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Another potentially suspicious happenstance is that by taking the new job, Abedin was permitted to work from her home in New York instead of being exposed to the beltway media during the controversy. The fact still remains that everyone who came to her defense did so while operating from the premise that she was still Hillary’s deputy when, according to the New York Times, she wasn’t.
Despite the ensuing controversy, which remained in the news for a couple of months, it was never made known by the State Department that Abedin was no longer Hillary’s deputy chief of staff.
Perhaps there are multiple reasons for Grassley’s letter being ignored.