State Department: We Paid Clinton Aide Huma Abedin Too Much

She's accused of violating rules on sick leave, vacation
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2015 12:16 PM CDT
State Department: We Paid Clinton Aide Huma Abedin Too Much
A 2011 photo of Huma Abedin and Hillary Clinton.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Huma Abedin is familiar with scandals, whether they involve her boss, Hillary Clinton, or her husband, Anthony Weiner. Now she's got one of her own to handle. Investigators with the State Department say she was overpaid about $10,000 while she worked there as an aide to Clinton, reports the Washington Post. Abedin is challenging the assertion, which revolves around whether she violated rules about vacation and sick leave. In particular, investigators don't think she should have been paid for a 10-day trip to Italy and France. Abedin insists it was a working vacation.

She claimed no vacation or sick time at all while at State and received $33,000 in compensation for the unused leave upon leaving, report the Hill. Investigators think the amount is too high. The issue surfaced when Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry asking for details about Abedin's work and pay. He's also concerned about an arrangement that allowed Abedin to simultaneously work for the State Department, the Clinton Foundation, and a company with Clinton ties called Teneo in her final six months at the department. (More Huma Abedin stories.)

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