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article imageThe appointment of Hillary Clinton is challenged in court

By Subhabrata Das     Jan 30, 2009 in Politics
An American diplomat, David Rodearmel, has challenged the appointment of former first lady Hillary Clinton as US secretary of state in the court saying it as “constitutionally ineligible.”
This Thursday, a conservative watch dog group, Judicial Watch, filed a lawsuit on behalf of David Rodearmel claiming that Hillary Rodham Clinton is constitutionally ineligible to serve as secretary of state. In the law suit David said he would violate the oath he took as a Foreign Service officer in 1991 to "support and defend" and "bear true faith and allegiance" to the Constitution by working for Clinton.
The law suit is stand on the “emoluments” clause which states the Constitutional regulations regarding the compensation for public officials. According to the clause a member of the Senate or House of Representatives cannot join any post in the administration, if during the employment period in Congress the salary of the very post in the administration was enhanced.
When Hillary Clinton was serving in the Congress, the salary of the secretary of state was increased to $191,300. But, last month Congress reduced the salary to $186,600, so that Hillary could join the administration. Similar method has been employed for several other members of Congress from both parties so that they could serve the Cabinet.
Judicial Watch, which has pursued a number of law suits against Clinton over the years, said that Hillary Clinton cannot join the post of secretary of state until 2013, when her Senate term would expire.
A spokesman from State Department declined to respond to the case.
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