And the beat goes on …
Like drums pounding a rhythm to the brain, charges of corruption and misconduct swirl around Hillary Clinton, with the latest revelation being that one of her top aides while at the State Department took on the role of interviewing job applicants for the Clinton Foundation.
… despite rules established to avoid such blurring of the lines.
While serving as secretary of state, Clinton’s former chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, traveled to New York to interview two high-level business executives being considered to run the nonprofit foundation, CNN reported.
This taking place despite Clinton and the Clinton Foundation setting up rules ahead of time to avoid scenarios that would “create conflicts or the appearance of conflicts for Senator Clinton as Secretary of State.”
But, as Seinfeld would say, the most importing part of making rules is following the rules.
Mills attorney claims her work for the Clinton Foundation at the time was strictly voluntary and that she received no pay and no government funds were used to finance the short trip, CNN reported.
“Federal employees are permitted to engage in outside personal activities, within the scope of the federal ethics rules,” a State Department spokesperson said in response to a CNN inquiry. “All federal employees are subject to federal ethics laws and regulations, including rules pertaining to conflicts of interest.”
The Washington Examiner noted that “federal statutes prohibit employees from working for private organizations while on the federal payroll, considered a misuse of public funds.”
As for Clinton’s presidential campaign, they insist that there’s nothing to see here, folks.
“Cheryl volunteered her personal time to a charitable organization, as she has to other charities,” campaign spokesman Brian Fallon said. “Cheryl paid for her travel to New York City personally, and it was crystal clear to all involved that this had nothing to do with her official duties. The idea that this poses a conflict of interest is absurd.”
As for Mills, a long-time loyal aide to the Clintons, after leaving the State Department, she resumed her role on the board of the Clinton Foundation.
La de da de, la de da de da.
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