Drain the Swamp: First Clinton-State Dept. staffer indicted for treason

20 days ago, on March 29, 2017, Candace Marie Claiborne, 60, became the first Clinton-era State Department employee to be indicted by a federal grand jury on treason charges — conspiring to defraud the U.S. government, concealing contact and pay-to-play schemes with foreign spies, obstructing an official proceeding, and making false statements to the FBI.

According to YourNewsWire, prosecutors warn Claiborne is “the first of many” corrupt Clinton-era State Department employees who will be brought to justice by a reinvigorated Department of Justice in the Trump administration.

In a press release on March 29, 2017, the DOJ’s Office of Public Affairs announced the March 28 arrest and indictment of U.S. Department of State employee Candace Marie Claiborne for:

  • Obstructing an official proceeding;
  • Making false statements to the FBI; and
  • Concealing numerous contacts that she had over a period of years with foreign intelligence agents.

The federal charges against Claiborne were announced by:

  1. Acting Assistant Attorney General Mary B. McCord for National Security
  2. U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips of the District of Columbia
  3. Assistant Director in Charge Andrew W. Vale of the FBI’s Washington Field Office.

Acting Assistant Attorney General Mary B. McCord said:

“Candace Marie Claiborne is a U.S. State Department employee who possesses a Top Secret security clearance and allegedly failed to report her contacts with Chinese foreign intelligence agents who provided her with thousands of dollars of gifts and benefits. Claiborne used her position and her access to sensitive diplomatic data for personal profit. Pursuing those who imperil our national security for personal gain will remain a key priority of the National Security Division.”

U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips said:

“Candace Claiborne is charged with obstructing an official proceeding and making false statements in connection with her alleged concealment and failure to report her improper connections to foreign contacts along with the tens of thousands of dollars in gifts and benefits they provided. As a State Department employee with a Top Secret clearance, she received training and briefing about the need for caution and transparency. This case demonstrates that U.S. government employees will be held accountable for failing to honor the trust placed in them when they take on such sensitive assignments.”

Assistant Director in Charge Andrew W. Vale said:

“Candace Claiborne is accused of violating her oath of office as a State Department employee, who was entrusted with Top Secret information when she purposefully mislead federal investigators about her significant and repeated interactions with foreign contacts. The FBI will continue to investigate individuals who, though required by law, fail to report foreign contacts, which is a key indicator of potential insider threats posed by those in positions of public trust.”

According to the affidavit in support of the complaint and arrest warrant, Claiborne began working as an Office Management Specialist for the Department of State in 1999. She has served overseas at a number of posts, including embassies and consulates in Baghdad, Iraq, Khartoum, Sudan, and Beijing and Shanghai in China. As a condition of her employment, Claiborne maintains a Top Secret security clearance. Claiborne also is required to report any contacts with persons suspected of affiliation with a foreign intelligence agency.

Despite such a requirement, the affidavit alleges, Claiborne failed to report repeated contacts with two intelligence agents of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), even though these agents provided tens of thousands of dollars in gifts and benefits to Claiborne and her family over five years, including cash wired to Claiborne’s USAA account, an Apple iPhone and laptop computer, Chinese New Year’s gifts, meals, international travel and vacations, tuition at a Chinese fashion school, a fully furnished apartment, and a monthly stipend. Some of these gifts and benefits were provided directly to Claiborne, while others were provided through a co-conspirator.

Claiborne noted in her journal that she could “Generate 20k in 1 year” working with one of the PRC agents, who, shortly after wiring $2,480 to Claiborne, tasked her with providing internal U.S. Government analyses on a U.S.-Sino Strategic Economic Dialogue that had just concluded.

Despite allegedly confiding to a co-conspirator that the PRC agents were “spies,” Claiborne willfully misled State Department background investigators and FBI investigators about her contacts with those agents. Claiborne also instructed her co-conspirators to delete evidence connecting her to the PRC agents.

The maximum penalty for a person convicted of obstructing an official proceeding is 20 years in prison. The maximum penalty for making false statements to the FBI is five years in prison. If convicted of any offense, the sentencing of Claiborne will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

At her court appearance on March 29, Claiborne pleaded not guilty before the Honorable Magistrate Judge Robin M. Meriweather. A preliminary hearing is set for April 18.

The FBI’s Washington Field Office is leading the investigation into this matter. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys John L. Hill and Thomas A. Gillice for the District of Columbia and Trial Attorney Julie Edelstein of the National Security Division’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section.

When she was Obama’s secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, too, betrayed the public trust of her Top Secret security clearance, as well as engaged in pay-for-play schemes with foreign governments and individuals via her Clinton Foundation. Let’s hope Candace Marie Claiborne is the first of many arrests to come of State Department officials, to eventually culminate in the arrest of Hillary herself.

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~Eowyn

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21 responses to “Drain the Swamp: First Clinton-State Dept. staffer indicted for treason

  1. Let’s pray this bird sings loudly and for a long time to expose HRC et al., in hope of a reduced sentence.

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  2. Keep’m coming, and let them sing!

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  3. Kevin J Lankford

    All the charges against her can already be proven against hillary, and more. Is there really a legitimate strategy for starting at the bottom?

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  4. Perhaps she will take others down with her? That is, if she isn’t Ron Brown’d/Vince Fostered/Chris Stevens’d first.

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  5. I am very leery of DOJ obtaining a conviction on charges of treason, for these reasons. Treason is the only crime defined by the Constitution, and it calls for “an overt act” to “aid and abet the enemy,” and that it requires the “testimony of two witnesses.”
    Not even Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were convicted of treason: They were convicted of espionage—as the law allowed—and executed—as the law allowed.
    Trials for treason have been rare, indeed: Only about 20 have been held in our entire history. The charge itself is too inflammatory, too sensational and very dicey: If the government were to actually lose such a prosecution, the President and his administration would, in all likelihood, lose all credibility with the American People.

    Obstruction of justice does not constitute treason. Even helping the Chinese, in this case, is not treason: We were not at war with China when Claiborne supposedly committed her crimes. Neither does lying to the FBI constitute treason, and the incumbent director, James Comey, has lost all credibility with the American People!

    Don’t get me wrong: MORALLY, most of the Clinton Administration is guilty of some sort of “treason”: The Clinton Administration was a moral SNAKE PIT of depravity and evil, and, MORALLY SPEAKING, a number of people should hang—including Hillary. But their betrayal of the entire human race does not meet the Constitutional standard for treason, not even their providing North Korea the nuclear reactor plant plans and materiale they seek to use against, well, anyone they can. But A.G. Sessions is sending the strategic signals here, and, hopefully, he can beat Mother Nature in Hillary’s race to the dirt nap. So this indictment is a great strategic move.

    Look at it this way: Nature, like Justice, does not always pay her bills on time. But she always pays.
    The clocks of a number of people are ticking….

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  6. I see 2 outcomes. One is that she sings to save her hide, and brings down HRC and WJC. Two is that she suddenly dies of natural causes or by suicide. A third possibility is that she is openly assassinated as a warning to others. Let’s pray that she survives to sing.

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    • Many thanks, my thoughts exactly, no need to duplicate all your points.

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    • TD . . . excellent points. Now then . . . who is responsible for seeing to it that this snake in the grass does not serve time at a “country club” prison? I want her to either go to Leavenworth, or to a prison that houses females that are the hardest of hard asses . . . so that every minute of every day she lives in fear of her very life. After all, she had no qualms at putting the rest of us citizens of the US at jeopardy. Judging from the way the Clinton Machine does things, I would be rather surprised if we weren’t reading her obituary within the next six weeks or so! Even that would be a very good thing . . . imagine how afraid, very, very afraid all the other traitorous Clinton leftovers would be experiencing. Thank Heavens they nailed her boney butt to the wall. It couldn’t happen to a more deserving person!

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    • Is this a man? (Take a good look at that photo.)

      I don’t think this person will ‘sing’. In addition, I see a 4th possibility. The prosecutions take so long they never reach anyone of ‘consequence’ in the eyes of the public. And Trump’s term comes to an end. I’m not sure he’ll be permitted a second term.

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      • stlonginus . . . you do have a point. I would hope that someone greases the skids, and that they bring about a very speedy trial. There is no sense in having this linger . . .

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  7. This is a start, and hopefully others will be incentivized to talk.

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  8. Ah, such good news. Very informative article, have not seen anywhere else. Great comment posts too. Thanks Dr. Eowyn.

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    • Dabigragu . . . I would agree, this really is good news. At least it is a “starting place.” Now lets let loose the rabid dogs of the FBI, NSA, and each and every alphabet agency that could possibly have any concern in this kind of illegal behavior. This woman thinks that her behavior is Okay because it might garner her 20K per year from just one of the people she was dealing through. The more I think about it, the more angry I become. I wholeheartedly agree with you, Dr Eowyn has given us invaluable access to information we find no where else . . . God Bless her in her efforts!

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  9. We might have to redefine War with respect to the charge of treason. In practical terms, we can be at war within 10 minutes or less, perhaps even shorter if an enemy has already smuggled WMDs here (e.g. aboard ship, in a shipping container, at anchor in American ports, or having otherwise been brought in through our porous borders and placed in rented buildings whose blast radius would encompass sensitive American targets or cities).

    When the concept of Treason, and the requirement for the charge that we be at war, was originally drafted, I cannot say that the Founders anticipated the dramatic change in transportation and technology that have taken place since then.

    Certainly, we have been fighting the Red Chinese either directly (in Korea) or by proxy in many hot-spots around the globe, and they have certainly been engaged in a technology-stealing, and an increasingly undermining / challenging / aggressive stance against us (seizing and fortifying contested islands, demanding others respect their new territorial claims, painted and possibly disabled American satellites with Lasers, etc.. )

    So to render aid and comfort to those who are clearly our enemy, in a time of Cold War, for all practical purposes, is treason, and it certainly is espionage.

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    • Rogziel . . . . . thank you for pointing out the fact that the Founding Father’s never could conceive, nor plan for the kind of instant technology, or rapid information transferring that we have in this day and age. I would agree, the definition of treason should be amended to include . . . “rendering aid and comfort to those who are clearly our enemy, in a time of Cold War, for all practical purposes” should be deemed not only treason, but espionage. I had just not thought this out in its entirely . . . thank you for setting me straight, and giving me a vision that I kinda, sorta knew, but had not actually put into words. You are a blessing to me . . . thank you for your perceptive nature, and the ability to sharply focus on what I should have been able to perceive myself!

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  12. Aside from the matter of her putting her hand in the cookie jar once too often, can you imagine working anyplace where she’s running the show? What I don’t understand is how she got away with it for so long in a workplace where everything is recorded on video or audio and filed, and the employees are according to Snowden under constant surveillance wherever they are by the NSA, FBI, CIA, etc. Someone or several people somewhere in the State Dept’s upper management had to know and have been covering this up.

    On the other hand, all this surveillance actually silences whistleblowers, according to a study by Elizabeth Stoycheff, Under Surveillance. The State Dept’s office managers like this witch probably have enough on everyone to enforce silence, and a whistleblower’s being socially isolated at work and maybe losing his or her job are probably the least of the whistleblower’s worries considering the possibility of ending up dead in a landfill within driving distance of DC and the patent absurdity of whistleblower anonymity. In any case, only the worst Machavellian psychopaths have a chance of rising to the upper levels in a State Dept whose culture and people are the antithesis of the American people.

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    • Dan . . . you have given a brilliant synopsis of what has gone on in our own “intelligence community.” It really is shocking, and unless someone lays it out, as you have done . . . it is beyond comprehension. Thank you for your efforts in the analysis of this situation.

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  13. More, please!

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    • Anonymous . . . the only thing wrong with this picture is that Killary is not shown as the true Miss Piggy that we know her to be. I’ll bet she would be flattered to see this picture of herself being portrayed as being young, thin, well-toned . . . . . all the things that we know she is not!

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