Huma Abedin Was Private Consultant While Serving Clinton at State

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Friday, 17 May 2013 10:38 AM

By Melanie Batley

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Huma Abedin, a top aide to Hillary Clinton and wife of former New York Congressman and mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner, was permitted to work as a private consultant while also serving out the last few months of her job at the State Department.

According to Politico, Abedin did not disclose the arrangement or how much income she earned on her financial report.

Following her maternity leave in June 2012, the State Department changed her official role from full-time civil servant to "special government employee," a status that allowed her to work for private clients while not being required to report her income.

In addition to her job as deputy chief of staff at the State Department, she worked for a total of three private clients including Teneo, a strategic consulting firm; the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation; and for Hillary Clinton in a personal capacity.

Since March 1, Abedin has been working solely for Hillary Clinton as head of her post-State Department transition team, Politico reported.

According to The New York Times, it's unclear what role, if any, Hillary Clinton may have played in approving the set-up. Some have suggested it could have presented an ethical conflict, while others argue it was a murky arrangement, not fitting with the nature of her obligations to the State Department.

"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 Sloane, executive director of the ethics watchdog group CREW, told the Times. "Being a deputy chief of staff at the State Department is generally considered more than a full-time job."

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