Hillary Clinton and her aides must have felt like “mandatory” didn’t apply to them…they were obviously reminded several times about the ethics training they were required to take but chose to ignore it. Not that it would have helped these corrupt people…
The State Department has no evidence showing Hillary Clinton or the majority of her top aides at the department complied with mandatory ethics training. McClatchy reports newly released documents show just three of Clinton’s aides took the required training:
State Department records show only three of nine top Clinton aides took the mandated training for new employees. Records also suggest that none of seven top aides required to take subsequent annual training completed it.
No records indicate whether Clinton herself took any training.
The Republican National Committee made an FOIA request for the documents last December. When the State Department did not respond within the 90-day deadline, the RNC filed a lawsuit. Today the documents the RNC received in response to the lawsuit were released. The RNC press release reads in part:
While the State Department’s production demonstrated some senior officials met some of their obligations under the law, no records showing completion of annual ethics training were found for Hillary Clinton or the following top aides:
Anne Marie Slaughter
One of the documents released today is an email exchange in which someone named Angela Jordan informs Huma Abedin that she has yet to complete annual ethics training for 2012. The email, which is dated January 17, 2013, reads in part:
Our records indicate that you have not completed Ethics Training for 2012. Per Federal Regulation, all financial disclosure filers must receive annual trainings. If you have taken the training online or with an ethics attorney, please provide the approximate date.
Two days later, Huma responds, “Angela—heather samuelson has my financial disclosure form.” Jordan replies, “am not talking about your Financial Disclosure Form am talking about your Ethics training.” Huma’s final response is, “Okay I wasn’t aware. I’ll go online.” Apparently there is no record Abedin completing the training. The exchange concluded about a week before Hillary Clinton left her post as Secretary of State.
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