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Obama-Appointed State Dept. IG Accused of Targeting Hillary

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By Loren Gutentag   |   Friday, 12 Feb 2016 12:17 PM

Hillary Clinton's campaign is on the defense again after The Washington Post reported a second inspector general appointed by President Barack Obama subpoenaed the Clinton Foundation in the fall for records related to work which required approval by the State Department during Clinton's tenure as secretary of state, The Daily Caller reports.

"There are serious questions that need to be asked about the independence of [the office of the State Department inspector general]," Clinton's Communications director Brian Fallon told CNN's Wolf Blitzer during an interview on Thursday.

The Daily Caller notes that last month Fallon accused the Intelligence Community's inspector general, I. Charles McCullough III — who was also appointed by President Obama — of working with Republican senators to leak reports that were damaging to Clinton.

"It's very hard, to be honest, for me personally to keep track of all the fishing expeditions that this IG office has conducted," he said.

Fallon added that many senior officials in the watchdog's office have a history of targeting Clinton, including Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley and the IG's third-ranking official David Seide.

"You have these individuals that have a history of targeting Hillary Clinton, and strangely we've seen a pattern of leaks emerging on eves of elections and debates," Fallon said.

"They have mounted several different fishing expedition style investigations since she decided to run for president. There's no basis to any of them, and I think that it's intended to create headwinds for her campaign."

According to The Daily Caller, the inspector general's office did not respond to a request for comment by press time.

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