“Early in Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State, she and her staff were observed removing lamps and furniture from the State Department, which were transported to her residence in Washington, D.C.,” FBI officials wrote in records released Monday, October 17. “[The agent] does not know whether these items were ever returned to the government upon Clinton’s departure from the State Department.”
The 100-page document from 2015, which was released to the public on the FBI’s online “vault,” followed the now-closed investigation into the Democratic presidential candidate’s use of a private email server to conduct business during her time as Secretary of State, from 2009 to 2013.
But it turns out that it’s much ado about nothing. U.S. Department of State spokesman John Kirby debunked the allegations during an interview on Fox & Friends on Tuesday, October 18.
“As I understand, those were her personal belongings she brought from home to decorate her offices and then took them back again,” he explained.
This isn’t the first time Clinton, 68, was accused of taking home furnishings. After she and husband Bill Clinton left the White House in 2001, there were reports that they took $190,000 worth of gifts with them.
According to PolitiFact, the Clintons later returned approximately $48,000 worth of furniture and announced they would pay the government nearly $86,000 for items that were government property.
The recent theft claims against Hillary come less than two weeks after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was caught bragging about hitting on and groping women in a 2005 video leaked to The Washington Post on October 7. In the following days, numerous women came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against the 70-year-old real estate mogul, who has since denied any wrongdoing.
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