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Friday, November 4, 2016
Huma Abedin's Felony
Daniel John Sobieski
Form OF-109 is essentially a separation agreement where State Department employees upon their departure certify that they have returned all government documents and materials in their possession. It is not clear whether Hillary Clinton ever signed an OF-109 or whether she was ever asked to, for one has never been found, but if Hillary Clinton signed one, she committed a felony.
The Federal Records Act and the State Department's own rules prohibits anyone from keeping official government emails on her personal server and destruction of records under subpoena also constitutes obstruction of justice. And if she signed form OF-109, which she should have done or been asked to do she committed perjury:
As Shannen W. Coffin, a contributing editor at National Review and senior lawyer at both the White House and Justice Department under President George W. Bush, points out, a provision titled "Removal Procedures" requires departing federal employees to relinquish any classified materials at the time of departure and to clear the removal through records-management officials…
She doesn't get to return 55,000 pages of documents nearly impossible to search years later. That she returned these materials in paper form, not an electronically searchable form, is a deliberate attempt to slow down and obstruct any investigation.
If an employee violates the terms of the Form OF-109 she or he has signed, that act is punishable by Section 18 U.S.C. § 1001 of the criminal code, which makes it a crime to knowingly and willfully falsify or conceal facts made in statements to federal agencies concerning matters under their jurisdiction.
Now we have reports that Huma Abedin did in fact sign a Form OF-109 and if the 650,000 emails found on the laptop shared with pervert and sexual predator Anthony Weiner, include State Department documents, particularly any classified materials, Huma is guilty of a felony This is cut and dried. There is no wiggle room in such a case and the pressure that could and should be applied to Abedin might cause her to sing like the proverbial canary. As the Daily Callerreports:
Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer told CNN's Michael Smerconish Saturday that Huma Abedin signed an OF-109 disclosure form when she left the State Department in 2013, signifying she understood the "legal obligation" to "turn over all classified information and to further safeguard any further information that could be disclosed."
"Let's put this in context," Spicer told Smerconish. "Hillary Clinton initially said she turned over everything that was relevant. The only thing she didn't were emails regarding yoga and Chelsea's wedding."
"We know that to be false."
"Further, when Huma Abedin left the State Department they have to file a form of OF-109," he continued. "It's a separation agreement that states simply people understand when leaving government that they are maintaining no classified information, they understand their legal obligation to protect further classified information and safeguard any potential disclosures of that."
Spicer noted that the OF-109 form, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act by the RNC and, "signed by Huma Abedin in 2013… is the form that she signed under penalty of law."
"So while we don't know entirely what's going on, we do know that Huma Abedin in August of 2013 signed a legal document with the United States government saying she knew - she understood that it was her obligation to turn over all classified information and to further safeguard any further information that could be disclosed."
If Hillary Clinton somehow wins on November 8, and absent any further legal troubles, Huma Abedin would presumably assume the same role as Valerie Jarrett does in the Obama administration. Valerie Jarrett undoubtedly had significant input into President Obama's Munich-like deal with Iran, which kicks the nuclear can down the road to assured detonation over Israel, which Iran continues to threaten to wipe off the map when it is not wishing "death to America". Her influence over President Obama is legendary:
The Iranian-born Jarrett (her parents were American-born expatriates) is the only staff member who regularly follows the president home from the West Wing to the residence and one of the few people allowed to call the president by his first name.
Her influence is shown by an account in Richard Miniter's book Leading From Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide for Him.
It relates that at the urging of Jarrett, Obama canceled the operation to kill Osama bin Laden three times before approving the Navy SEAL mission in Pakistan on May 2, 2011. Seems she was concerned about political harm to Obama if the mission failed.
Abedin made $135,000 a year as Clinton's deputy, a period in which she is reported to have raked in as much as $355,000 from consulting contracts. Having a pipeline into the Clinton inner circle is invaluable to some. This reminds us of Johnny Chung's famous comparison of the Clinton White House to a subway turn style - you had to put money in to gain entry.
Abedin also has some interesting family connections. Her father is said to be close with the Saudi government's Muslim World League, and her mother is said to be a member of the Muslim Sisterhood. World Trade Center bombing prosecutor Andrew McCarthy wrote in National Review: "The ties of Ms. Abedin's father, mother and brother to the Muslim Brotherhood are both specific and substantiated."
The Muslim Brotherhood took power in Egypt with the Obama administration's approval after it had all but abandoned the government of Hosni Mubarak, a long-time ally and friend. It was while Abedin was advising Hillary that State dropped its long-standing policy of having no dealings with the Muslim Brotherhood.
As Andrew McCarthy wrote in National Review, Huma Abedin's family and work history suggests a devotion to Islamic supremacist ideology that may go a long way to explaining our imploding Middle East policy from Baghdad to Egypt:
Ms. Abedin worked for many years at a journal that promotes Islamic-supremacist ideology that was founded by a top al-Qaeda financier, Abdullah Omar Naseef. Naseef ran the Rabita Trust, a formally designated foreign terrorist organization under American law. Ms. Abedin and Naseef overlapped at the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs (JMMA) for at least seven years. Throughout that time (1996–2003), Ms. Abdein worked for Hillary Clinton in various capacities.
The consulting firm Abedin worked for was Teneo Strategies, founded by longtime Bill Clinton aide Douglas Band, with the former president initially serving on its board. Band is now famous for his "Clinton Inc". memo detailing how the Clintons used their foundation to enrich themselves. Abedin allegedly sent some 7,000 emails on her government account that involved Band.
Those who refuse to learn from history are condemned to repeat it. Valerie Jarrett's hold over President Obama is as mysterious as it has proven dangerous. We do not need another Jarrett in the person of Huma Abedin, whose corruption and influence peddling may be surpassed only by the future president who would put her in a position of power. We do not need a president or even president-elect Hillary Clinton creating a constitutional crisis of unimaginable proportions. Nor do we need partner-in-crime Huma Abedin advising her. If we can't get Hillary directly, we can get Hillary through Huma. We have to. Our nation's future may hinge on it.
Daniel John Sobieski is a free lance writer whose pieces have appeared in Investor's Business Daily, Human Events, Reason Magazine and the Chicago Sun-Times among other publications.