Robert Malley is ‘on leave’ from his Iran envoy job after losing his security clearance
A State Department official who is “on leave” from his job as a diplomat to Iran will stay busy this fall with two new jobs at Yale University and Princeton University.
“Robert Malley, currently on leave from his role as a special envoy for Iran in the State Department, comes to SPIA as a John L. Weinberg/Goldman Sachs & Co. Visiting Professor and Visiting Lecturer,” Princeton announced. “He will teach a graduate course this fall on foreign policy decision-making, and one to two undergraduate courses in the spring focused on some combination of diplomacy, negotiation, and foreign policy.”
Not mentioned in the news release is why Malley (pictured) is currently free to teach – he’s under federal investigation for his “handling of classified material,” according to CBS News. He lost his security clearance in relation to the investigation, freeing him up to teach at Princeton and Yale.
Malley joins seven other “senior fellows” at Yale where he will “spend a year or semester at Yale teaching courses and mentoring students.”
“Malley is on leave from the U.S. State Department where he had been serving as Special Envoy for Iran since January 28, 2021,” the Connecticut Ivy League college stated.
The appointments drew criticism from Congressman Jim Banks of Indiana.
“Apparently, the reward for selling out our nation to Iran and losing your security clearance is a cushy gig in the Ivy League,” Banks, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, told The Washington Free Beacon.
Senator Ted Cruz, a Princeton alumnus, called the decision “pitiful.”
“Pitiful. Look who my alma mater just made a prof. Rob Malley was such a pro-Iran radical that he was FIRED from Biden admin & had his security clearance stripped for ‘mishandling classified docs’ (the details are still hidden),” Cruz tweeted.
Elite universities remain a safe harbor for Democratic politicians who get forced out of their jobs. The University of California Berkeley recently hired failed San Francisco prosecutor Chesa Boudin to run a new legal clinic after he was recalled by voters for his soft-on-crime policies.
The University of Chicago also hired Tim Ryan and Beto O’Rourke, who collectively had lost five elections in the past three years, as visiting fellows for the recent spring semester. Chicago’s former mayor, Lori Lightfoot, will join Harvard this fall after she lost after just one term.
The former mayor, who once screamed “F*** Clarence Thomas” at a LGBT event in Chicago, will teach courses on public health.
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