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Candace Marie Claiborne First Clinton-era State Department Employee Indicted on Treason Charges

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VIA| Candace Marie Claiborne has become the first Clinton-era State Department employee indicted on treason charges, after a federal grand jury indicted her for conspiring to defraud the U.S. government, concealing contact with foreign spies, obstructing an official proceeding, and making false statements to the FBI.

Claiborne, a veteran State Department employee who possessed a Top Secret security clearance, concealed her extensive contacts with Chinese intelligence agents, who for years lavished her with thousands of dollars in gifts as part of a pay-for-play scheme, according to a Department of Justice press release.

In addition to cash payments, Chinese spies provided Claiborne with vacations, an apartment, Apple electronics, and tuition to a Chinese fashion school, according to the indictment. Suggesting she learned tricks from Hillary Clinton, her former boss, Claiborne allegedly told co-conspirators to delete all emails and evidence after getting caught.

The bill of charges contains numerous felonies and Claiborne, 60, is facing spending the rest of her life behind bars, as prosecutors warn she is “the first of many” corrupt Clinton-era State Department employees that will be bought to justice by a reinvigorated DOJ.

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,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General McCord.

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.”

He added: “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.

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,” said Assistant Director in Charge Vale.

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.

The grand jury found Claiborne’s Washington, D.C. home and her savings account are subject to forfeiture, if she’s convicted.

She wrote in a journal that she could “generate 20k in 1 year” through one of her Chinese agents, according to an affidavit. She was allegedly wired nearly $2,500 shortly after and was asked to provide the U.S. government’s analyses of its 2011 economic talks with China.

According to the Department of Justice’s press release, Claiborne is facing decades behind bars for her crimes:



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. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes. If convicted of any offense, the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.”

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16 Comments

  1. Armond Simmons

    April 19, 2017 at 12:57 am

    Hillary should join Candace Claiborne in prison! Hillary is a murderer. Remember Beni Gazi?

    • Bob Olds

      April 25, 2017 at 8:37 pm

      NEVER FORGET BENGHAZI – or – Obama & Clinton – – !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Michael

    April 19, 2017 at 6:46 am

    She deserves what she has coming to her. I hope this is the just the start of it. Hillary and the rest of her team need similar charges made against them and lock them all up.

    • Sammi

      May 31, 2017 at 4:00 pm

      Claibornre might think that since shes first to get indicted & cinton will walk again then maybe claiborne roll over with more info on clinton.

  3. Az native

    April 19, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Hillary’s crimes are high crimes and treason. She is guilty of money laundering. War crimes. Patriot act criminal activities. Illegal server. The list is long

  4. JohnneaLeeHoll

    April 21, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    It starts at the top. “Off with her head” we live in oz. Unfortunately its no fairytale. In real life there ARE consequences for the harm done through illegal self serving practices. Far to long allowed have grown to comtempt for standards their oaths obligated them to uphold.

  5. April

    April 23, 2017 at 9:11 am

    FINALLY Accountability.
    Why isn’t Hillary being charged with anything??

    • Donna

      June 1, 2017 at 9:04 am

      That’s what I want to know!

  6. jacque

    April 23, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    They need to send Hilary and Obama with her. They are all crooks

  7. Dave

    May 31, 2017 at 5:42 am

    I’m sure that somewhere in all of this… It’s Bush’s fault….!!

  8. Pam Coan

    May 31, 2017 at 8:23 am

    round them up, and put them away….

  9. john crump

    May 31, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Lock her up and you know who I mean CLINTON Lock her up lock her up

  10. Michael

    May 31, 2017 at 11:51 am

    And again they waste our tax dollars when everyone knows they are not going to do anything about it. Just more money someone will stick in there pockets

  11. d.e.r.

    May 31, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    it’s time, these people have made a mockery of our Government, pay back’s a bitch, get them all, especially their leaders who are a 100 times worse.

  12. Joanofarctic

    June 1, 2017 at 4:46 am

    Let’s see if it sticks!

  13. Norma Sorelle

    June 1, 2017 at 7:43 am

    I’m hoping the death penalty….Let’s think back ….what happened to Aaron Burr? We made the mistake of acquitting him.

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