It looks like there is more trouble ahead for Hillary Clinton’s campaign — this time thanks to her family’s controversial foundation.
An investigation by the Washington Post has revealed that the Clinton Foundation received a subpoena from State Department investigators in October over some work it did during Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State that may have been forbidden.
And, with the presidential nominating contest ongoing, it looks like the State Department and the Clintons did everything they could to keep the news about the subpoena from going public.
The exact details of the investigation are unknown — but may not be too difficult to piece together.
Hillary Clinton signed a detailed agreement with the State Department before she became secretary of state in 2009. The agreement dealt heavily with the Clintons’ work with foreign governments, trying to eliminate conflicts of interest.
The Clinton Foundation has repeatedly come under fire for its financial ties to countries like China, Iran and Russia. Hillary Clinton was even accused of helping to facilitate a uranium deal that benefited Russia after donations poured in to the Clinton Foundation.
Could the subpoena involve possible conflicts of interest regarding relationships between the Clinton Foundation and foreign governments during Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state?
If so, it wouldn’t be the first time the foundation has been scrutinized for this. In November, the foundation was forced to file revised tax returns for four years, including changes that reflect millions of dollars in grants donated by foreign governments during the years that Clinton served as secretary of state.
According to the Washington Post report, “the subpoena also asked for records related to Huma Abedin, a longtime Clinton aide who for six months in 2012 was employed simultaneously by the State Department, the foundation, Clinton’s personal office, and a private consulting firm with ties to the Clintons.”
The original Washington Post article can be viewed here.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.