Well, that didn't take long. On Wednesday, we brought you the story from the State Department saying that Hillary Clinton apparently never signed a separation agreement when she left her position as Secretary of State. State Department spokesperson, Jen Psaki, even added (of her own free will), "It's not clear that this form is used as a part of a standard part of checkout across the federal government or even at the State Department. We're looking into how standard this is across the federal government and certainly at the State Department. … I don't want to characterize how common practice it is."
So not only did Psaki say that Hillary never signed a separation agreement, she also made it clear that it didn't seem to be that big of a deal…
Except, that by Thursday afternoon, a whistleblower at the State Department had come forward and told Chuck Ross of the Daily Caller, "Failure to sign a formal separation agreement can have dire consequences for rank-and-file State Department employees."
The whistleblower, Richard Higbie, is a 17-year veteran of the State Department and he says that not signing the agreement is a very big deal. "You don't have a choice. They will not give you your retirement benefits if you don't sign the separation agreement. If you don't sign the separation agreement any pay that's coming to you, any retirement benefits or anything you put into 401ks, none of that's going to come to you if you don't sign the separation agreement."
He also said that failure to sign the separation agreement could turn the proceedings from amicable split to messy divorce.
"If you don't do the separation agreement they can then initiate investigations as to why you're not doing that… And further, if you don't sign that agreement not only can you not get your benefits they can then look at proceeding with a termination from you versus a separation from you because you didn't complete the required steps of separation," Higbie said.
All of this begs the question then – Is signing the separation agreement standard operating procedure at the State Department or not? To me, this simply smells like another instance of the Clinton family simply doing whatever they want… it's not like rules apply to them anyway, right?
By the way, respected Washington journalist Mark Halperin says that "a lot of reporters suspect" the State Department of protecting Hillary Clinton.
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