Thursday in Ohio, Hillary Clinton intentionally called Republican presidential candidates terrorists in her attempt to shift the conversation away from her State Department email scandal that’s been stinging her in the polls. It semi-temporarily worked, attracting a bit of attention to herself on Thursday afternoon.
The bad news for Hillary is that the focus returned to her controversial time at the State Department Thursday night, thanks in large part to this Washington Post investigative report. The worst news for Hillary isn’t that it talks exclusively about her email scandal. The worst news is that the Washington Post article reminds voters that she essentially wore 3 hats while she was Secretary of State. She was the Secretary of State. She was an ambassador for her family’s foundation. Finally, she wore the hat of being the presumptive next Democratic presidential nominee.
This Washington Post investigative report wraps those things together with a nice little bow. This paragraph alone ties everything together:
At the time, Abedin held four jobs with four different employers, an arrangement allowed by a special government designation she held permitting outside employment. And each job had a connection to the Dublin dinner. The invitation was sent from Abedin’s State Department account as Clinton planned for an official trip in her role as secretary. The dinner was attended by the chief executive of the private consulting firm Teneo, which has close ties to the Clintons and employed Abedin as an adviser. Seated around the tables were donors to Hillary Clinton’s campaigns as well as to the Clinton Foundation, where Abedin was a contractor preparing for Clinton’s eventual transition to the charity. And Clinton, who was also paying Abedin out of personal funds to prepare for her transition from secretary of state to private life, showed up for about an hour.
In a single gathering in Dublin, Ireland, Ms. Abedin pulled together “the chief executive of the private consulting firm Teneo”, which employed Ms. Abedin at the time, “donors to Hillary Clinton’s campaigns” and donors to “the Clinton Foundation”.
This is shady, too:
David Bossie, founder of Citizens United, said the e-mails show the “tangled web that is the State Department, Teneo and the Clinton Foundation.” In a July 2012 e-mail exchange, the assistant to New York banking executive Ken Miller wrote to Abedin on her State Department e-mail account, saying that Miller “has been in talks with Teneo” and that he “would appreciate your input on a decision he’s considering.”
Over e-mail, Abedin agreed to meet Miller at New York’s Harvard Club. He ultimately accepted a job with Teneo.
Ultimately, Hillary’s intentional stunt of calling Republicans terrorists helped her with just part of one day’s news cycle. Thanks to her corrupt operations at the State Department, her ties to the corrupt Clinton Foundation and her presidential ambitions, Hillary’s problems with corruption will return for the weekend (at minimum).