If Hillary gets back into the White House, we’d better nail down the valuables and make sure someone stands guard over the computers. It’s also important to frisk them and their staff for glue.
Hillary Clinton stole State Department furniture to use in her Washington home, a former member of her security detail told the FBI, the New York Post reported.
The accusations were part of 100 pages of FBI interview notes from its probe into Clinton’s handling of classified material that were released this week under the Freedom of Information Act due to a lawsuit by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch.
“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.,” the FBI was told by an agent, who was assigned to Clinton in 2009, at the start of her term, but was not on the detail when Clinton left in 2013.
According to the FBI notes, the agent “does not know whether these items were ever returned to the government.”
There is information on that which we have researched.
In 2001, when the Clintons left the White House they took furnishings, China, cutlery, art, rugs, and other assorted items with them. They did have to furnish homes in DC and Westchester, New York (don’t forget, they were flat broke when they left the White House). Their staff also trashed the White House on their way out the door – vengefully.
In January 2001, former president Bill Clinton and former first lady Hillary Clinton disclosed that they had received $190,027 worth of gifts during 2000, the final year of their eight-year tenure in 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. According to the Washington Post, the Clintons took it all with them when they moved out of the White House.
Many of the gifts were from friends and associates.
The rules allow the First Family to keep gifts.
The fact that they left with the booty made it appear that the Clintons were enriching themselves from public service.
ABC News reported that the $190,027 total price tag of their haul didn’t go down well with the public. The Clintons then announced they would voluntarily pay for a portion of those gifts, an amount totaling $86,000. They had no choice. The public outcry was substantial.
The New York Times reported shortly thereafter that the Clintons would return an additional $28,000 or more worth of gifts that donors complained had been earmarked for the White House permanent collection, not the Clintons’ personal use.
The total worth of gifts returned by the Clintons to the U.S. government amounted to nearly $50,000, the Times later reported.
All together, the Clintons paid back or returned approximately $136,000 worth of furniture, artwork, china and other household items they had kept upon leaving office, with $86,000 of that total consisting of personal gifts they could have legally kept.
There was a lot of criticism over the under-pricing of the items, however.
A House government reform subcommittee conducted a year-long investigation and found that many of the gifts received by the Clintons had been undervalued, some were never reported and some were listed as lost or missing. No allegations of illegality were made, but the subcommittee’s report recommended that the existing, overly complex system for overseeing the receipt, valuation and disposition of presidential gifts be overhauled.
The aforementioned facts were compiled by Snopes and they are left-wing. They concluded none of this was much of a problem except in perception and, after all, only $50,000 of items were illegally taken. The Clintons didn’t know it was illegal to take the stuff, they claim. The Clintons never know.
Then there was the vandalism which the GAO was asked to investigate and which was found to be true.
There was a year-long review of the destruction by Clinton aides who treated the White House like a frat house, the LA Times reported. There was $15,000 in damages but it was the type of damage that people found most offensive at the times.
Rep. Bob Barr (R-Ga.) asked the General Accounting Office last June to look into allegations that Clinton staffers had ripped phone cords from walls, left obscene voicemail messages, defaced bathrooms and vandalized computer keyboards by removing the ”W” keys when they left the White House. A number of items, including a 12-inch presidential seal and several antique doorknobs, were assumed stolen.
”The Clinton administration treated the White House worse than college freshmen checking out of their dorm rooms,” Barr said Tuesday. ”They disgraced not just themselves but the institution and the office of the presidency as well.”
The GAO concluded that ”damage, theft, vandalism, and pranks did occur in the White House during the 2001 presidential transition.” The report stated that some incidents, such as removing keyboard keys, placing glue on desk drawers and leaving obscene voicemail messages ”clearly were intentional,” and intentional damage would constitute a criminal act under federal law. No prosecutions took place.