December 14, 2015

Ethics Complaint Charges Clinton Pulled Strings For Son-In-Law

The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (F.A.C.T), an ethics watchdog group, has filed a complaint requesting an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s intervention on behalf of her son-in-law’s business associates while at the State Department.

Clinton’s son-in-law, Marc Mezvinsky, is a partner at a New York-based hedge fund. Last week, an Associated Press report revealed emails from an investor in a deep-sea mining company that Mezvinsky had previously worked with at Goldman Sachs requesting he or wife Chelsea Clinton pull strings to arrange a meeting for him with Clinton, ostensibly to lobby for a treaty that would benefit the deep-sea mining industry.

The F.A.C.T. complaint, addressed to U.S. Office of Government Ethics Director Walter M. Shaub, Jr. reads in part:

As evidenced from her recently released emails, it appears that then Secretary Hillary Clinton gave a private company special access to the State Department based upon the company’s relationships with Secretary Clinton’s family members and donors to the Clinton Foundation…The ethics rules simply do not permit government employees to give this type of preferential treatment.  We write today to request a full investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding these apparently unethical communications and a determination of whether any laws were violated. 

And concludes:

Unfortunately, it appears that these relationships led to access not available to the general public, and a violation of the ethics rules.  We request a full investigation into these communications and a determination of whether any laws were broken.

The Clinton campaign did not respond to requests for comment from TIME Magazine, which first reported the ethics complaint. Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, and Mezvinsky all declined to comment in the original Associated Press story as well.

Read the full complaint: