Now she can add “thief”, to her list of crimes. 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.”
The Washington Examiner reported that this action by Clinton was just one of many that irritated her security detail, who described her treatment of agents as “contemptuous.”
“Prior to Clinton’s tenure, being an agent on the secretary of state’s protective detail was seen as an honor and a privilege reserved for senior agents,” the FBI wrote. “However, by the end of Clinton’s tenure it was staffed largely with new agents because it was difficult to find senior agents willing to work for her.”
Many agents were “indignant” about Clinton’s frequent breaches of security protocol, including bringing her unsecured Blackberry phone into a secure area where classified information is handled, the Examiner reports.
The State Department denied the accusations, saying Clinton took home only property that she owned.
In the past Hillary and Bill Clinton were accused of taking furniture and gifts from the White House that should have remained in government custody.
But Punditfact points out that this was not so much because of any intent of improper behavior, but due largely to confusing and unclear regulations about the procedure for what gifts are those of the occupants of the White House and which are government property, a problem previous administrations had also encountered.