Firm with connections to Hillary Clinton refuses to answer questions from Senate Panel investigating possible State Department violations

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Firm with connections to Hillary Clinton refuses to answer questions from Senate Panel looking into possible State Department violations

A consulting firm linked to Hillary Clinton is refusing to answer questions from a Senate committee investigating whether the firm received any preferential treatment under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton while she served in the position.

Teneo Strategies declined to respond to questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee sent to them in a letter. The firm was founded by two officials with close ties to the Clintons.

Some of those questions involved questions regarding meetings between employees of the firm and Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff.

The committee zeroed in on the firm after information emerged that Clinton’s deputy chief of staff had obtained a special employee government status and that she was receiving payments from the State Department, Teneo, and the Clintons foundation.

The chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Senator Charles Grassley, highlighted an unpublished inspector general report that indicates Hillary’s deputy chief of staff leveraged her position in the State Department to benefit the Clinton foundation and Teneo.

Neither the firm nor Hillary’s deputy chief of staff have responded to questions, publicly at least, about the arrangement.

Teneo CEO Decian Kelly told the committee in a letter that the firms business in Washington is a small, insignificant part of the of the firm’s overall business.