Just how corrupt was the State Department under Hillary Clinton?
This corrupt: Cheryl Mills, while serving as chief of staff for Clinton when Clinton was Secretary of State, interviewed candidates for a top job at the Clinton Foundation, according to CNN.
Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation agreed at the time of her inauguration as Secretary of State that the foundation would not "create conflicts or the appearance of conflicts for Senator Clinton as Secretary of State." Clinton stated she would “not participate personally and substantially in any particular matter involving specific parties in which The William J. Clinton Foundation (or the Clinton Global Initiative) is a party or represents a party….”
Yet on June 20, 2012, Mills traveled to a New York based executive search firm to interview two high-level business executives who had worked at Pfizer and WalMart. Both companies have heavily donated to the Clinton Foundation.
Mills' attorney has protested that her work for the Clinton Foundation was unpaid and no government funds were used to finance her visit to New York. Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon added, "Cheryl volunteered her personal time to a charitable organization, as she has to other charities. Cheryl paid for her travel to New York City personally, and it was crystal clear to all involved that this had nothing to do with her official duties. The idea that this poses a conflict of interest is absurd."
The State Department has not responded to an inquiry from the Senate Judiciary Committee about the issue.
When CNN asked the US State Department about Mills’ actions, a State Department spokesperson responded: “Federal employees are permitted to engage in outside personal activities, within the scope of the federal ethics rules. All federal employees are subject to federal ethics laws and regulations, including rules pertaining to conflicts of interest."
Mills returned to the Clinton Foundation in 2013, where she sits on the board. She had worked at the foundation from 2004-09.