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OK JBear I see the Federalist article. I don’t see how a speaking fee creates a conflict of interest when she was paid to speak because of her experience, not because of future considerations. Nobody knew she would be offered her current job. So I don’t understand how at this point she has any allegiance to anybody in this situation.

She did agree as part of her confirmation to seek official permission for any dealings regarding certain companies from which she earned speaking fees. But this isn’t a situation where its just a disguised donation, such as when someone buys copies of a politician’s book.

So I don’t see why she should have to recuse herself, but I can agree a more detailed explanation would be in order given that the question was raised.