Many people have heard of the email scandal involving Hillary Clinton,
a woman running in the 2016 presidential election. Due to her improper
actions, many other controversies have come to light. In fact, for over
two years, a Republican Senator in Iowa has continued to send letters
to the Secretary of State demanding information be disclosed about a special
government employee who was granted a position for unknown reasons. Many
suspect that Clinton was behind this process and using her hidden email
addresses as a way of making this transpire.
In an article published by the
Government Executive, Attorney Joanna Friedman, Partner at The Federal Practice Group Worldwide
Service, sheds light on the topic. She states that while no credible source
has solidified or disclosed any facts about the case, it is rational for
individuals to wonder about potential legal complications. She goes on
to describe the role of a special government employee, explaining that
people in these positions are brought on to fill unsatisfied government
needs that must be addressed with a specific expertise. As a result, the
government runs the risk of these types of employees participating in
activities that conflict with government motives.
Attorney Friedman exposes a possible way this employee was granted SGE status, stating federal
managers can often discover ambiguities to keep a valued employee. She
adds it is strange this employee moved from a full-time status to a SGE
status and explains that the employee may have requested to move to a
part-time position, and if there were none available, obtaining a SGE
status may have been the only way to continue employment.
Furthermore, the employee’s duties, while practicing under a SGE
status, have been to schedule and arrange travels for Clinton. Friedman
questions what special skillset is necessary to fulfil such duties and
states the possibility of Clinton utilizing her role as a Secretary to
help others receive government jobs or as a source of developing a relationship
with certain people, a move that would make Clinton guilty of abusing
the privileges of her status.