The plot thickens
I would not want to be Hillary Clinton this week (or any week for that matter). First, she’s trounced by more than 20 points in New Hampshire’s primary, then it’s revealed that at least a dozen email accounts tossed top secret classified intel around her home-brewed email server, and now the Washington Post dished out this little scoop in all its glory.
Whether the intel leaker is part of Team Hillary or the State Department, the WaPo does not make clear.
Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea all received subpoenas from State Department investigators last fall requesting Clinton Foundation documents, “that may have required approval from the federal government during Hillary Clinton’s term as secretary of state.”
Tom Hamburger and Rosalind S. Helderman report:
Investigators with the State Department issued a subpoena to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation last fall seeking documents about the charity’s projects that may have required approval from the federal government during Hillary Clinton’s term as secretary of state, according to people familiar with the subpoena and written correspondence about it.
The subpoena also asked for records related to Huma Abedin, a longtime Clinton aide who for six months in 2012 was employed simultaneously by the State Department, the foundation, Clinton’s personal office, and a private consulting firm with ties to the Clintons.
The full scope and status of the inquiry, conducted by the State Department’s inspector general, were not clear from the material correspondence reviewed by The Washington Post.
A foundation representative, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing inquiry, said the initial document request had been narrowed by investigators and that the foundation is not the focus of the probe.
A State IG spokesman declined to comment on that assessment or on the subpoena.
Representatives for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and Abedin also declined comment.
There is no indication that the watchdog is looking at Clinton. But as she runs for president in part by promoting her leadership of the State Department, an inquiry involving a top aide and the relationship between her agency and her family’s charity could further complicate her campaign.
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