Just when we thought we heard all there is to tell about the scandals surrounding Hillary Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin, another brouhaha emerges. When Judicial Watch released 725 pages of State Department emails involving Abedin earlier this week, we learned that The White House determined that a 1/ 3 of these emails were “too sensitive” for Congress or American people to see. Of the 725 pages, more than 250 pages were 100 percent redacted. According to a recent article published by WND, Judicial Watch’s findings clearly substantiate Abedin’s role as a connector between Clinton Foundation donors and the State Department. “In more than a dozen email exchanges, Abedin provided expedited, direct access to Clinton for donors who had contributed from $25,000 to $10 million to the Clinton Foundation,” Judicial Watch said in a statement announcing the release.
News of the redacted emails comes on the heels of another recent revelation that back in 2009, Huma Abedin accidentally left classified papers in the front seat of car she was traveling in. Upon realizing her error, Abedin contacted another Clinton staff member asking them to move the classified papers which are commonly referred to as “burn papers” to the trunk of her car. And let’s not forget the bombshell which kicked off the news week. An article published in The New York Post titled Huma-abedin-worked-at-a-radical-muslim-journal-for-10-years, revealed that Ms. Abedin served as a junior level editor for the radical Islamic publication Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs where she worked under the direction of the publication’s editor-in-chief, Ms. Abedin’s mother, Dr. Saleha Mahmood Abedin who also served as the Muslim World League’s delegate to the U.N. conference.
Huma Abedin and Dr. Abedin have written articles which were in direct opposition to the Western view of women, espoused by Hillary Clinton. In 1995, the current Democratic nominee for president participated in the U.N. women’s conference in Bejing where she made the statement, “Women’s rights are human rights”. Shortly after the event, Ms. Abedin wrote an article headlined “Women’s rights are Islamic Rights” which argued that single mothers, working mothers and homosexual couples with children should not be recognized by society as a family. The article also stated that women who dress in revealing clothing are inciting “the unwanted results of sexual promiscuity and irresponsibility and indirectly promoting violence against women.” By the way, Ms. Abedin was drafting these articles while serving as then-First Lady Hillary Clinton’s White House intern.
How did Huma Abedin score an internship at The White House? Was Human Resources on vacation when her application packet arrived? Whatever happened to vetting people with questionable ties to individuals or organizations espousing views that present a threat to Western society as we know it?
This is not the first time I have written about Huma Abedin. Last year, I published an article titled Birds-of-a-feather-clinton-aide-accused-of-influence-peddling. In this article, I discussed the controversy
surrounding Abedin’s past unique employment situation where she was designated a “special government employee”, a status which permits individuals who fill “an unmet government need for rare or unique expertise” to simultaneously hold a position in the private sector while receiving compensation from the government. At the time Abedin was employed by three different entities, The State Department, The Clinton Foundation and the consulting firm Teneo Strategies. Abedin was under scrutiny for having used her unique relationship with Hillary Clinton to request an appointment for Judith Rodin, a Teneo client who was President of the Rockefeller Foundation at the time. Douglas Band, a longtime aide to Bill Clinton and the President of Teneo sent an email to Abedin requesting the White House meeting for Rodin in which he cited the hundreds of millions of dollars in donations which the Rockefeller Foundation provides to The Clinton Foundation. Band was also responsible for sending emails to Abedin requesting an audience with Clinton for The Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain who reportedly had given over $32 million to the Clinton Global Initiative as of 2010.
On another note, Abedin was also criticized for receiving a $33,000 payment for “unused sick time” from her State Department employment when it was discovered that she actually had taken the sick days for which she was being compensated. By the way, Abedin is the wife of former congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY), who famously caused a scandal by “sexting” images of himself to a woman.
Huma Abedin continues to be one of Hillary Clinton’s most trusted staff members. If Clinton is elected president, Abedin will inevitably play an important role in her administration. There’s has been some recent speculation that she would be selected to be Clinton’s chief of staff. Bottom line, Abedin is as corrupt as her boss. The last thing this country needs is another Clinton presidency complete with its gallery of questionable alliances holding key roles in The White House.
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