The Clinton Foundation has confirmed it did receive a subpoena from the State Department’s inspector general in 2015.
The subpoena requested documents to help determine if the foundation benefited from Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s position as secretary of state, according to The Washington Post.
The Clinton Foundation is a charitable organization founded by the former secretary of state along with her husband, former President Bill Clinton. A representative did not discuss the details of the subpoena but did note that the charity’s activities are no longer a focus of the inspector general’s investigation.
The subpoena also requested records of Hillary Clinton’s former chief of staff and current campaign official, Huma Abedin.
The State Department’s inspector general conducted an audit of Huma Abedin in 2015, stating that the Clinton confidante was overpaid $10,000 in sick leave and maternity leave during her State Department tenure.
Abedin was designated as a “special government employee” while serving in the State Department, allowing her to work for the Clinton Foundation and Clinton-affiliate Teneo Holdings while also serving as a federal employee. This potential conflict of interest prompted the inspector general to request her records.
Jeff Bechdel, the communications director of Republican America Rising PAC, has stated that this subpoena has undermined Hillary Clinton’s integrity.
“After living at the intersection of money and politics for the last quarter century, the chickens are coming home to roost for the Clintons,” Bechdel told The Daily Caller. “It’s this constant blurring of ethical lines that has so badly damaged Secretary Clinton on the issues of honesty and trust.”
Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon has dismissed the subpoena and accused the inspector general of trying to undermine the former secretary’s presidential campaign.
“It’s very hard, to be honest with you, for me to personally keep track of all fishing expeditions that this IG office has conducted,” Fallon told CNN.
“All I know is they have mounted several different fishing expedition-style investigations since she [Clinton] decided to run for president,” Fallon added. “There’s no basis to any of them and it is intended to create headwinds for her campaign. It’s not going to work.”