Abedin shifted to her new role after maternity leave in the early summer of 2012. | AP PhotoClose
Huma Abedin — Hillary Clinton’s longtime aide and the wife of all-but-declared New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner — spent her final months at the State Department working as a part-time consultant with the agency who at the same time was allowed to represent outside clients, POLITICO has confirmed.
Abedin, a fixture at the Clintons’ side for at least 15 years — from Iowa to Indonesia — shifted to her new role after maternity leave in the early summer of 2012, according to a source familiar with the arrangement.Continue Reading
The new status made her a “special government employee,” which was tantamount to being a consultant, according to the source, whose information was confirmed by two other staffers familiar with the matter. Multiple sources told POLITICO Abedin did work for other clients, which a friend of Abedin said totaled four, including the State Department, Hillary Clinton, the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation and Teneo, the firm co-founded by former Bill Clinton counselor Doug Band.
It’s the first time that Abedin’s changed status at State has been made public and comes as her husband, who resigned his Queens congressional seat amid scandal in 2011, is expected to launch a comeback mayoral campaign next week.
Mayoral candidates are required to disclose personal financial information with the city’s Conflict of Interest Board including spousal sources of income, but that piece of the filing is not made public, the agency said.
And even if it were, Abedin currently works solely for Hillary Clinton as the head of her post-State Department transition team, a move that began on March 1, according to a friend of hers. That means Abedin never would have had to make the information public had her friend not provided the details.
It’s similar, in many respects, to the way many Clinton aides — including former top aide Kelly Craighead and other Hillary Clinton confidants — were paid for years while she was a senator. They were compensated partly through work on her government staff, partly through her political action committee, and in some cases through lucrative consultant work with Clinton-linked organizations.