Former Rep. Anthony Weiner's wife Huma Abedin -- already under the microscope because of her husband's lewd behavior -- is facing tough questions from a senator concerned about the nature of her employment at the State Department.Teneo is a complete Clinton crony operation.
Abedin, a longtime aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, worked for a little under a year as a "special government employee" for the State Department. During that period in 2012, she was also working as a consultant for a private firm called Teneo, giving private investors information about the government.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, last month sent the State Department a letter inquiring about Abedin's two jobs.
It has been reported that Ms. Abedin earned approximately $135,000 from the State Department while receiving $355,000 in consulting income for representing outside clients, as she remained a Federal employee and a trusted advisor to Secretary Clinton," Grassley wrote. "This raises important questions about whether her dual role was adequately disclosed to government officials who may have provided her information without realizing that she was being paid by private investors to gather information."
Grassley asked the State Department and Abedin to respond to 17 questions, as well as a request for all documents relating to communications between the State Department and Teneo, or clients represented by Teneo. The State Department and Abedin responded, giving the specific dates of her employment and confirming that she read State Department ethics guidelines before becoming a "special government employee." They also explained that Abedin, as a State Department employee, "advised" Clinton and supervised the operations of her travel and schedule.
Nevertheless, Grassley said in a statement Friday that neither the State Department nor Abedin has handed over any of the documents he requested.
Declan Kelly is the Chairman, CEO and co-founder of Teneo. Prior to Teneo, Kelly served as the U.S. Economic Envoy to Northern Ireland at the U.S. Department of State. Kelly was appointed Economic Envoy by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in September, 2009.
Teneo president Douglas J. Band began working in the White House in 1995, as the White House Counsel’s office for four years and later in the Oval Office as the President’s Aide. In 1999, Band was appointed by President Clinton as a Special Assistant to the President before he was made Deputy Assistant to the President.
Band also worked as President Clinton’s chief advisor from 2002 until 2012, advising him as the Counselor to the President, and, according to Teneo, was the key architect of Clinton’s post-Presidency. He also according toTeneo's web site "was part of the negotiation team that handled all aspects of Hillary Clinton’s becoming Secretary of State."