Oh my: State Department IG subpoenaed the Clinton Foundation last fall

posted at 2:41 pm on February 11, 2016 by Ed Morrissey

Get ready for a double shot of Clintonian intrigue, courtesy of a leak to the Washington Post. With new revelations about the catastrophic spillage from the home-brew e-mail server making headlines, the news of a subpoena from the State Department’s inspector general to the Clinton Foundation will broaden the focus to corruption. The subject of the probe appears to be Huma Abedin and the unusual double-employment situation that has already raised the ire of Republicans in Congress, and prompted questions about the use of government resources for Hillary Clinton’s political gain:

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 Post’s Tom Hamburger and Rosalind Helderman remind readers that IGs do not conduct criminal probes, and have only limited subpoena powers. They cannot compel people to testify in depositions, for instance, although they can certainly facilitate that for willing witnesses. But they can demand documents, and that power might already have had an impact:

The potential consequences of the IG investigation are unclear. Unlike federal prosecutors, inspectors general have the authority to subpoena documents without seeking approval from a grand jury or a judge.

But their power is limited. They are able to obtain documents, but they cannot compel testimony. At times, IG inquiries result in criminal charges, but sometimes they lead to administrative review, civil penalties or reports that have no legal consequences.

Why does this matter? Fox News reported in January that the FBI expanded its probe of Hillary’s e-mail scandal to public corruption, and had “TDYed” a number of agents to investigate evidence along those lines. At the time, most assumed that the expansion might have been triggered by successful efforts in restoring some or all of the 30,000 deleted e-mails from Hillary’s secret server. However, this raises the possibility that the IG recovered documents showing that Abedin and Hillary broke other laws as well, or found evidence of other corrupt acts that could be corroborated by deleted e-mails, or both.

The fact that the subpoena apparently preceded the FBI’s expansion of their probe seems very significant — especially if the foundation itself is not the target of the probe, as the Post’s anonymous source at the foundation insists. There is no way that this is good news for Hillary. And the timing is about as bad as it can get, considering the shellacking Hillary took in New Hampshire largely on the basis of the lack of trustworthiness and honesty Democratic primary voters perceive in her.

And the timing will only get worse. A federal judge dismissed excuses from the State Department and ordered the release of the rest of Hillary’s e-mails — at least those that can be released — by the end of the month:

The government must disclose some of the emails on Feb. 13, Feb. 19, Feb. 26 and Feb. 29,ordered Judge Rudolph Contreras of the U.S. District for the District of Columbia.

“The Court expects that Defendant will endeavor to avoid any additional delay,” Contreras said in his order, referring to the Obama administration.

The State Department became the target of Contreras’s ire this month, after it claimed that it would break its deadline to release all of Clinton’s 55,000 pages of emails by Jan. 29. In a court filing last month, the government claimed that it accidentally neglected to send roughly 3,700 emails to other federal agencies to review for information that should be redacted.

To quote Wilford Brinley in Absence of Malice … “Wonderful thing, subpoenas.”

Update: I erred on Rosalind Helderman’s name in the original post. It’s fixed now, and my apologies.


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But that has NOTHING WHATSOEVER to do with Hillary -tlaloc

ConstantineXI on February 11, 2016 at 2:43 PM

Whahhhahhaaaahhaaaaa, the end is near for that fat lump of talking flesh.

Cherokee on February 11, 2016 at 2:45 PM

So it isn’t just a State Dept “security review” like Shrillery just told us? The he11 you say!

MJBrutus on February 11, 2016 at 2:45 PM

Trey Gowdy can stall it for her for at least two years.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 11, 2016 at 2:49 PM

ConstantineXI on February 11, 2016 at 2:43 PM

.
Exactly … it’s only looking into how Hillary’s staffers failed to properly inform and support her, in doing her duties.

Damn intern-upstarts…

listens2glenn on February 11, 2016 at 2:49 PM

So… pool time…

1. When will Hillary be indicted?
2. When will Obama cancel the election?

1. After she loses big on Super Tuesday and yet claims the majority of the delegates, prompting the Democrat base to set fire to DNC HQ.

2. The next Friday afternoon after that.

ConstantineXI on February 11, 2016 at 2:51 PM

Damn intern-upstarts…

listens2glenn on February 11, 2016 at 2:49 PM

Yeah, f*** those interns! And Hillary has just the person for the task…

Rix on February 11, 2016 at 2:51 PM

Huma’s the target. Sacrifice fly.

unclesmrgol on February 11, 2016 at 2:52 PM

Oh, what a tangled web we weave
When first we practise to deceive
!

~Stuff Thomas Jefferson said

Christien on February 11, 2016 at 2:53 PM

1. After she loses big on Super Tuesday and yet claims the majority of the delegates, prompting the Democrat base to set fire to DNC HQ.

ConstantineXI on February 11, 2016 at 2:51 PM

Won’t happen. You forget that the special snowflakes that form Sanders’s base are ultimately programmed by the education system to be obedient. They’ll stop their feet and pout and rave and write angry blog comments but they won’t revolt. In that, they are oh so similar to conservatives.

Rix on February 11, 2016 at 2:54 PM

But that has NOTHING WHATSOEVER to do with Hillary -tlaloc

ConstantineXI on February 11, 2016 at 2:43 PM

Or anything to do with any of the Clinton’s. More than likely they’re going after the cousin of the sister of the husband of the woman who used to clean the restrooms at the foundation’s headquarters.

Teach me how to Bucky on February 11, 2016 at 2:54 PM

In April or May, Lynch will appoint a special prosecutor to investigate.

The investigation will “take some time to complete”, thereby getting them past election day and Hillary’s coronation. Obama will issue a pardon for her for any crimes “past or present” and that’ll be that.

Her new AG will shut it all down and it’ll all be in the dustbin of history.

BacaDog on February 11, 2016 at 2:55 PM

Trey Gowdy can stall it for her for at least two years.
APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 11, 2016 at 2:49 PM

Excellent.
Moreover, Gowdy can do that while supporting Rubio.

GaltBlvnAtty on February 11, 2016 at 2:56 PM

Insert a very sarcastic Russian joke from the 1950’s here.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 11, 2016 at 2:57 PM

Or anything to do with any of the Clinton’s. More than likely they’re going after the cousin of the sister of the husband of the woman who used to clean the restrooms at the foundation’s headquarters.

Teach me how to Bucky on February 11, 2016 at 2:54 PM

Actually, I think they’re investigating the literal foundation: the concrete substructure of the headquarters building.

The Schaef on February 11, 2016 at 2:58 PM

I just read there will be a dump over this coming weekend.

The way is being paved to an orange pantsuit.

dogsoldier on February 11, 2016 at 2:58 PM

Huma Abedin was supposed to protect her boss from making huge mistakes and from the appearance of impropriety, and she not only failed to do so–she actively enabled it. If Hillary wants to be president, she cannot have someone like that who has probably committed multiple, criminal and civil violations as her assistant.

Christien on February 11, 2016 at 2:59 PM

The Vast Right Wing Conspiracy is becoming vaster …

PackerBronco on February 11, 2016 at 2:59 PM

Actually, I think they’re investigating the literal foundation: the concrete substructure of the headquarters building.

The Schaef on February 11, 2016 at 2:58 PM

Co-conspirator of the Clinton server?

Teach me how to Bucky on February 11, 2016 at 3:00 PM

PackerBronco on February 11, 2016 at 2:59 PM

Vasterer and vasterer?

Limerick on February 11, 2016 at 3:01 PM

Knot #9?

So this is the Best of the Best that the Democrats have to offer “We The People”.
It is a Sorry Lot that they have become.

The Clintons are soon to each see the 13 knot neck tie and the five foot drop.

“We The People” are winning.

HURA!

jpcpt03 on February 11, 2016 at 3:02 PM

We’re getting to the point where every enabler and defender of all things Hillary is going to have to ask themselves if they really want to go down with the ship. She’s is a one person wrecking crew for the Democrat image.

antipc on February 11, 2016 at 3:05 PM

DNC Paging Joe Biden…. Paging Joe Biden

Athos on February 11, 2016 at 3:06 PM

I’m waiting next to see if any staffers become states witnesses. I expect them all to keep the cover but hope the FBI gets through to at least one who can expose it. What about the IT guy who plead the 5th…maybe he needs immunity and witness protection to the right place to spill the beans. Hillary already admitted the server was shared between State and the Foundation so just what did the IT guy have access to.

tej on February 11, 2016 at 3:07 PM

Orange is the new pantsuit….

BTW, Ed, it’s Wilford BriMley (no N)

My Man John on February 11, 2016 at 3:08 PM

Ahead by 350 delegates. Woo hoo!

22044 on February 11, 2016 at 3:09 PM

I just read there will be a dump over this coming weekend.

dogsoldier on February 11, 2016 at 2:58 PM

Someone was constipated and took a laxative?

GAlpha10 on February 11, 2016 at 3:09 PM

Part of me thinks this will never see the light of day.

The other part of me realizes they are going after American royalty and they want their ducks in a row before they start lining up indictments. Everyone has to agree this is not taking down some government scmuck but akin to going after modern day Kennedys. For all intents and purposes. So I understand getting all of the stage properly set before opening the curtain.

But then I could be totally wrong.

Deckard BR on February 11, 2016 at 3:10 PM

Huma’s the target. Sacrifice fly.

unclesmrgol on February 11, 2016 at 2:52 PM

Will Mrs. Weiner go to jail for the Clintons? Either way would be good enough to sink her politically.

MJBrutus on February 11, 2016 at 3:11 PM

Huma Abedin was supposed to protect her boss from making huge mistakes and from the appearance of impropriety, and she not only failed to do so–she actively enabled it. If Hillary wants to be president, she cannot have someone like that who has probably committed multiple, criminal and civil violations as her assistant.

Christien on February 11, 2016 at 2:59 PM

Probably shouldn’t have picked someone with close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

GAlpha10 on February 11, 2016 at 3:12 PM

I suggest that all this was intended to be a method for foreign powers to blackmail President Clinton, enabled by the mole known as Huma.

Convince Hill to use a personal server, then make arrangements for classified material to make its way onto it.

Wait till Hill takes the WH.

Through diplomatic means, inform Hill that she’s guilty of thousands of counts of federal crimes, and if she does things the way this foreign power wants them done, no one will ever know.

They knew that Hills arrogance could not ignore the bait of having privacy in her communications, after her dealings with all the other Clinton scandals.

BobMbx on February 11, 2016 at 3:17 PM

How much does the Clinton Foundation control/influence things in Washington D.C.?

How much does the Clinton Foundation influence Obama? “Barry, We can really help you with donations to the future Obama Library….”

How much did the then Secretary of State and Clinton Foundation work together? Donations to Foundation for favorable acts by SoS Clinton.

RICCO act.

albill on February 11, 2016 at 3:17 PM

cannot have someone like that who has probably committed multiple, criminal and civil violations as her assistant.

I dunno. It’s worked well for Valerie.

BacaDog on February 11, 2016 at 3:18 PM

1. After she loses big on Super Tuesday and yet claims the majority of the delegates, prompting the Democrat base to set fire to DNC HQ.

ConstantineXI on February 11, 2016 at 2:51 PM
Won’t happen. You forget that the special snowflakes that form Sanders’s base are ultimately programmed by the education system to be obedient. They’ll stop their feet and pout and rave and write angry blog comments but they won’t revolt. In that, they are oh so similar to conservatives.

Rix on February 11, 2016 at 2:54 PM

That is certainly possible , but there is also a distinct possibility that the protests will burn down DC. I mean think about it in the last few years those special snowflakes have been watching the occupy wall street crowd and BLM do exactly that and not only get away with it but be celebrated for it…What’s good for the goose and so on …

katee bayer on February 11, 2016 at 3:18 PM

Marco RubioVerified account
[email protected] Marco Rubio Retweeted Hillary Clinton
.@HillaryClinton knew exactly what she was doing and the FBI would like to know too https://marcorubio.com/news/fbi-investigating-hillary-clinton-server/ … Marco Rubio added,
Hillary Clinton @HillaryClinton

Maybe Rubio should have the twitter person in the debates.

Zaggs on February 11, 2016 at 3:18 PM

I suggest that all this was intended to be a method for foreign powers to blackmail President Clinton, enabled by the mole known as Huma.

Convince Hill to use a personal server, then make arrangements for classified material to make its way onto it.

Wait till Hill takes the WH.

Through diplomatic means, inform Hill that she’s guilty of thousands of counts of federal crimes, and if she does things the way this foreign power wants them done, no one will ever know.

They knew that Hills arrogance could not ignore the bait of having privacy in her communications, after her dealings with all the other Clinton scandals.

BobMbx on February 11, 2016 at 3:17 PM

Interesting.

Deckard BR on February 11, 2016 at 3:20 PM

Yup, and we can add a charge of obstruction of justice to the indictment since it is now painfully clear that Obama directed the server to be wiped to conceal evidence of criminal activity.

Our grandchildren will be reading about this in U.S. History texts two generations from now.

This is going to be YUGE.

turfmann on February 11, 2016 at 3:20 PM

Excuse me…

I meant Clinton.

Not Obama.

turfmann on February 11, 2016 at 3:20 PM

BREAKING:

Bill Clinton turns States evidence, files for divorce; has plans to move to Tahiti with Monica.

BobMbx on February 11, 2016 at 3:21 PM

…drip…drip…drip…

JugEarsButtHurt on February 11, 2016 at 3:23 PM

Everyone relax. I have been informed by Taloc that this is not the Clinton’s you are looking for.

This has been one big terrible mistake. They are investing Harv Clinton and his unsecured private email server from when he was Secretary of State, not Hillary Clinton. So every thing is OK.

Johnnyreb on February 11, 2016 at 3:23 PM

How much does the Clinton Foundation control/influence things in Washington D.C.?

How much does the Clinton Foundation influence Obama? “Barry, We can really help you with donations to the future Obama Library….”

albill on February 11, 2016 at 3:17 PM

Very little, actually. It concentrates its efforts on putting millions of dollars into the Clinton checking accounts. Grifters, through and through.

BobMbx on February 11, 2016 at 3:23 PM

If Clinton and gang are not prosecuted after all this, then that will only serve as notice to the rest of the country that the political elite is the enemy of the people, and just maybe the people will start to wake up and overthrow them.

HiJack on February 11, 2016 at 3:24 PM

The other part of me realizes they are going after American royalty and they want their ducks in a row before they start lining up indictments. Everyone has to agree this is not taking down some government scmuck but akin to going after modern day Kennedys. For all intents and purposes. So I understand getting all of the stage properly set before opening the curtain.

But then I could be totally wrong.

Deckard BR on February 11, 2016 at 3:10 PM

I want to believe you got it right and when the hammer comes down it is home run. The Foundation has enough money to pull an OJ and that would scare the Bureau for the long term. “If the white women doesn’t slip we must acquit”

tej on February 11, 2016 at 3:24 PM

“The Court expects that Defendant will endeavor to avoid any additional delay,” Contreras said in his order, referring to the Obama administration orders the Secretary of State to be confined in a federal detention facility under a charge of contempt for this court, and held there without bail until all documents relevant to the court order are delivered.

How long would John be locked up? I would assume he wouldn’t need his jammies and a toothbrush.

BobMbx on February 11, 2016 at 3:29 PM

DOJ…FBI…Congressional oversight, Ive grown tired of all of this…its time to crap or get off the pot. They’ve had plenty of time to look at all the criminality of clinton and associates but all we get is aboslute zero. Any private citizen double dipping like Huma would be out in the cold or doing time. Private servers enabling bypassing of national security…big time no no but in the end …..NOTHING.

jaywemm on February 11, 2016 at 3:29 PM

GAlpha10 on February 11, 2016 at 3:09 PM

Good one! 500 documents or more…

dogsoldier on February 11, 2016 at 3:33 PM

To quote Wilford Brinley in Absence of Malice … “Wonderful thing, subpoenas.”


“Contempt of Court; even better than a subpoena. There is NO ‘Get out of jail free’ card.”
– Me

“Go to jail. Go directly to jail. Do not pass Go! Do NOT collect $ 200.”

Monopoly

PolAgnostic on February 11, 2016 at 3:34 PM

God how I want to see her do the perp walk.

Saverio on February 11, 2016 at 3:35 PM

Does it not disturb anyone that we have Muslims all over the WH and in our government? First Obama and now Huma with closer-than-close ties to the Clintons and the Muslim Brotherhood? What the heck is the average person in this country thinking? I remember back in 2007 telling myself, we will never elect a Muslim or non-European-named person to the presidency (I hate to put it that way, but people from the East have no regard for Judeo-Christian values). Boy, was I wrong.

You wanted “diversity?” You got “diversity.”

Deckard BR on February 11, 2016 at 3:37 PM

If you’re a political junkie, the next eight months are going to be like heroin. The GOP primary process and convention is going to be chaos.

But, however chaotic it ends up being, it will likely pale in comparison to the bloodbath that is going to happen at the DNC. You’re going to have the popular socialist losing to the potential felon because party insiders are voting for the felon.

It’s going to make ’68 seem like a ice cream social…

…and that’s not even accounting for the BlackLivesMatters imbeciles who are likely going to want to be a part of the clown car parade.

Atlantian on February 11, 2016 at 3:39 PM

God how I want to see her do the perp walk.

I believe you meant perp waddle.

F X Muldoon on February 11, 2016 at 3:40 PM

I suggest that all this was intended to be a method for foreign powers to blackmail President Clinton, enabled by the mole known as Huma.

[..snip..]

They knew that Hills arrogance could not ignore the bait of having privacy in her communications, after her dealings with all the other Clinton scandals.

BobMbx on February 11, 2016 at 3:17 PM

Interesting hypothesis.

Until now I’d been assuming that the server existed only because Mrs Clinton wanted it to keep some sort of shady deals hidden; it hadn’t occurred to me that somebody else — a foreign power perhaps — might have conceived this idea long ago and worked with somebody on Mrs Clinton’s team to bring it about.

So Mrs Clinton’s team might have been infiltrated long ago, or Mrs Clinton might have been blackmailed or bribed long ago.

YiZhangZhe on February 11, 2016 at 3:52 PM

“Why do they call it Ovaltine? The mug is round. The jar is round. They should call it Roundtine.”

Del Dolemonte on February 11, 2016 at 4:03 PM

YiZhangZhe on February 11, 2016 at 3:52 PM

Entirely possible that Huma planted the idea, and HRC went with it. Probably under the guise of keeping everything HRC did secret and hidden from Congressional oversight and FOIA requests. Huma did, after all, state that it “doesn’t make a lot of sense” to use a .gov email address and government Blackberry after State Department IT staffers suggested it.

Why wouldn’t it make sense? It wouldn’t if you were trying to keep everything out of sight while allowing our adversaries to read classified information real time via HRC’s unsecure, private server.

Just for background information, neither the State Department Chief of Staff (Cheryl Mills during the HRC tenure) nor the Deputy Chief of Staff (Huma Abedin) require Senate confirmation. So, HRC could bring in whomever she wanted, regardless of their background and loyalties. Since we know that HRC had zero respect for our national security and safeguarding classified information, it wouldn’t surprise me if Huma never had a security clearance. HRC would let her see anything any way. After all, the 1,583 emails with classified information weren’t marked with classified headings so why not let someone with close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood see them. Actually, Huma was copied on a bunch of these, so not only did she see them, she had copies of them. Who knows who she may have forwarded them to.

GAlpha10 on February 11, 2016 at 4:15 PM

“Why do they call it Ovaltine? The mug is round. The jar is round. They should call it Roundtine.”

Del Dolemonte on February 11, 2016 at 4:03 PM

Ovaltine was developed in Berne, Switzerland, where it is known by its original name, Ovomaltine (from ovum, Latin for “egg,” and malt, which were originally its main ingredients).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ovaltine

Tlaloc on February 11, 2016 at 4:17 PM

I think Huma would give Killary up to protect her own skin. Heqq, Bill and Chelsea would too, to save the family fortune.

Kissmygrits on February 11, 2016 at 4:23 PM

In April or May, Lynch will appoint a special prosecutor to investigate.

The investigation will “take some time to complete”, thereby getting them past election day and Hillary’s coronation. Obama will issue a pardon for her for any crimes “past or present” and that’ll be that.

Her new AG will shut it all down and it’ll all be in the dustbin of history.

BacaDog on February 11, 2016 at 2:55 PM

YES…

vnvet on February 11, 2016 at 4:28 PM

Wilford BriMley

The Rogue Tomato on February 11, 2016 at 5:14 PM

Two points:

perp walk, perp waddle: I suggest perp slither

tialoc:

Is that the best you cam come up with as your first comment???

Lord Whorfin on February 11, 2016 at 5:50 PM

There is the Clinton server and the Clinton foundation…neither have anything to do with Hillary./

Who am I?

CWforFreedom on February 11, 2016 at 5:56 PM

Is that the best you cam come up with as your first comment???

He is just fond of it because his mom makes it for him every morning, with marshmallows.

F X Muldoon on February 11, 2016 at 6:09 PM

Meh. I’m getting tired of these fake right wing scandals.

shitforbrainsweedisgood on pretty much all the time

bigmacdaddy on February 11, 2016 at 8:02 PM

Let’s start a caption contest for the picture that accompanies the blog.

Pssst! Huma, TS on this document means “Tough Shit” correct. Then have “Scooter” take it off all documents on my computer that could be offensive to others that have to read this garbage about what we did in Benghazi.

MSGTAS on February 12, 2016 at 9:07 AM