No, those splashy headlines abouts Hillary Clinton allegedly taking furniture from the U.S. Department of State are not true, a spokesman for State says.
“Secretary Clinton did not remove State Department furniture or other U.S. Government property from the premises,” State Department Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner said Tuesday.
Toner was responding to an allegation that appeared Monday night in 100 pages of freshly released notes from the FBI’s now-closed investigation into the Democratic nominee’s use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state. Summarizing an interview with an unnamed State Department official, the FBI officials wrote: “Early in her 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. [Official] does not know whether these items were ever returned to the government upon Clinton’s departure from the State Department.”
Turns out, they were Clinton’s lamps all along, says Toner.
“Secretary Clinton brought a small number of personal items—including lamps—from her personal residence to the State Department when she became Secretary, and she took those personal items with her when she departed,” the spokesman continued. “An inventory of the Secretary’s office was conducted when she arrived at the Department and when she left. No State Department or U.S. government property was removed.”
This isn’t the first time the 68-year-old has been falsely accused of taking furniture. Last year, PolitiFact debunked a rumor that Clinton was “forced to return an estimated $200,000 in White House china, furniture and artwork that she had stolen” when the Clintons left the White House following Bill‘s administration.
The political fact-checking site found that the Clintons returned about $48,000 worth of furniture and announced that they would pay the government $86,000 for mistakenly accepting gifts that were originally intended for the White House.
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As for this week’s reports, Toner called them “an example of why taking snippets out of [the FBI investigation notes] can be misleading.”
Clinton’s email controversy has plagued her throughout her bid for the White House, with Donald Trump using the scandal as a weapon against his opponent.
The presidential hopefuls will go head-to-head in the final presidential debate on Wednesday in Las Vegas.