Teneo, firm with Clinton ties, declines to answer Senate questions

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a town hall campaign event at the Grinnell College Harris Center, in Grinnell, IowaBy Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) – Teneo, a global consulting firm with ties to White House contender Hillary Clinton, has dismissed a U.S. Senate panel’s suggestion that it had undue influence at the State Department when Clinton was the top U.S. diplomat, calling its work in Washington “insignificant” in a letter. The Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee has been investigating since 2013 whether Teneo had improper access to the highest levels of U.S. government while Clinton, the favorite to become the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee, was secretary of state. In its letter, a copy of which was given to Reuters by the committee, Teneo declined to help with most of the panel’s queries, including questions about a previously unreported three-hour meeting at the consulting firm’s office in 2012 with Cheryl Mills when she was chief of staff to Clinton at the State Department.

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