Liz | 08/24 at 07:46 PM
For the first five years of the Obama presidency, and for the first time since the office was instituted during the Eisenhower years, there was no Inspector General for the State Department. During Clinton’s stint, the White House failed to nominate someone to occupy that office. Instead, State Department oversight was led by an “acting” Inspector General, Harold Geisel.
That meant, as reported by The Wall Street Journal, that State was the only agency requiring a “presidentially appointed inspector general that had neither a confirmed nor nominated head watchdog” during that time. Five months after Hillary Clinton left her post, Obama nominated a permanent inspector general, who was confirmed three months later.
Was this purposeful? Did Obama conclude that State would be better off without someone paying too close attention? After all, arranging to have Huma Abedin, Hillary’s most senior aide, on the payroll of not only the State Department but also the Clinton Foundation and the family’s for-profit firm Teneo all at the same time, would surely have raised eyebrows. The blatant carelessness about maintaining and protecting communications – those pesky emails – might have been revealed. Maybe Hillary, just like any other State employee, would have been required to sign an exit form declaring that she had surrendered all official records before leaving. Instead, there is no such form in her personnel file. And that was just the beginning.
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