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FBI Report: Hillary Took State Department Furniture

Investigators were told Clinton may have lifted taxpayer-purchased items for her D.C. home

Hillary Clinton and her staff may have lifted furniture from the State Department and moved it to her Washington, D.C., residence, according to a charge made in the latest round of notes from the FBI’s investigation of her private email server use, made public Monday.

The allegation is similar to charges made in January 2001, when President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton left the White House. Reports soon surfaced that publicly owned furniture and silverware had been taken by the Clintons.

The former State Department agent said he did not know if the items were ever returned to the taxpayers.

The disclosure came from a former State Department security agent on Sept. 2, 2015, while the FBI was interviewing people about Clinton’s private email server. Clinton was secretary of state from 2009 to 2013. Using a private server to handle classified emails could constitute gross negligence under the law, but FBI Director James Comey opted not to recommend the Justice Department bring charges against Clinton.

But the FBI interviews released to the public Monday contained other surprising allegations.

For one, the former State Department agent said Clinton and her staff were observed removing furniture and lamps early in 2009, when she took office as secretary of state at the Foggy Bottom offices.

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The agent, now a Homeland Security investigator, said he did not know if the items were ever returned to the taxpayers.

After a Washington Post investigation of gifts given to the Clintons on Jan. 21, 2001, Hillary and Bill Clinton said they would pay $86,000 for items that were actually government property.

PolitiFact reported that a few days after that, they also returned about $48,000 worth of furniture.

Republicans also charged that a number of government computers had been vandalized by former Clinton staffers. In one famous instance, the letters “W” had been taken off the keyboards, a sign that some departing Democrats may not have liked incoming President George W. Bush.

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