Furniture owned by the American taxpayer keeps disappearing when Hillary is in charge
The FBI on Monday released a new batch of interview summaries related to the investigation into Clinton’s private email server during her tenure as Secretary of State. These so-called 302s were released under the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) and include some interesting new facts about Hillary Clinton’s scandal marred Secretary of State term.
As shown on page 44 of this FBI document, Hillary and her staff walked out with taxpayer-funded furniture and lamps and took them to her Georgetown home:
“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.”
This observation comes from an interview held on the September 2, 2015 with a Special Agent of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). The agent also mentions that he does not know whether the items were ever returned after Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State ended.
Helping herself to the public’s furniture seems to be a recurring theme in Hillary’s political career. When the Clintons transitioned out of the White House the Washington Post reported that the Clintons took with them nearly $200,000 worth of furniture, artwork, china and rugs.
They received these items initially as gifts to the White House and the donors obviously expected that they remain there. Like Joy Ficks, widower of the manufacturer of a table given during the 1993 White House redecoration project, told the Washington post that “it was meant for the White House, not the Clintons, and she thought it would stay there.”
Then White House chief usher Gary J. Walters told the Washington Post: “As far as we were concerned, they were government property,” he said of all the gifts obtained for the $396,000 redecoration project.
The Post also notes:
This week, they [Clinton] agreed to return another set of gifts that had been donated to the White House in earlier years, including six items they had not previously disclosed as having been taken. These included the coffee table, the armoire, the gaming table and the wicker table that Walters has asked about a year ago.
Not long after the Washington Post broke this story the Clintons had to return over $114,000 worth of these gifts. That wasn’t enough for Congress though, they requested an official investigation in this matter and a report was made in 2002 by the Committee on Government Reform.
The Committee found:
“The committee also finds that the subcommittee’s investigation revealed startling information about retained gifts, valuation of gifts, missing gifts, legal rulings about gifts, and other findings”
“The fact that so many gifts were undervalued raises many questions. The fact that gifts were misplaced or lost shows sloppy management and maybe more. The fact that U.S. Government property was improperly taken is troubling.”
And lastly, most concerning:
“And, the fact that, after the former First Lady’s election to the U.S. Senate and before she was subject to the Congress’ very strict gift acceptance rules, the former First Family accepted nearly $40,000 in furniture gifts and the First Lady solicited nearly $40,000 in fine china and silver is at the very least disturbing.”
The fact that the Clintons steal everything they can is a recurring issue and lays bare deeper character flaws that show up in their tendency to promote extreme tax policies. As they don’t have a moral issue with taking what’s not theirs, opposition to their proposed tax hikes must seem absurd to them.