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February 12, 2016

State Dept. Subpoenaed Clinton Charity Over Government Ties

State Department investigators subpoenaed the Clinton Foundation last fall for documents on projects by the charity that may have required government approval during Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state, reports The Washington Post. The department's inspector general also sought records related to Huma Abedin, a longtime aide to Ms. Clinton who for a period in 2012 simultaneously worked for the foundation, the State Department, and a private consulting firm with links to the former first family.

Ms. Clinton co-led the foundation with Bill and Chelsea Clinton between her term at State and the April 2015 launch of her White House bid. Her campaign has been dogged by questions about the charity's ties with foreign governments and wealthy donors from abroad. Some Republicans allege those relationships created potential conflicts of interest for a sitting secretary of state and possible future president.

Written correspondence about the subpoena that was reviewed by the Post does not make clear the scope and status of the State Department review. A Clinton foundation representative, speaking on condition of anonymity, said investigators have narrowed the initial document request and that the foundation is not the focus of the inquiry. A spokesman for the inspector general's office declined to comment, as did a representative of Ms. Clinton's campaign.