Watchdog group reportedly calls for probe of Clinton relationship with firm tied to son-in-law

Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 at 8:13 am

A conservative watchdog group will call for a federal investigation Monday into Hillary Clinton’s actions toward a deep-sea mining company tied to her son-in-law, according to a published report.

According to Time magazine, the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT), plans to file a complaint with the U.S. Office of Government Ethics alleging that Clinton gave Neptune Minerals “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 complaint comes two weeks after emails released by the State Department show that Clinton, now the Democratic presidential front-runner, ordered a senior State Department official to look into the request from Marc Mezvinsky.

Mezvinsky, a partner in a New York hedge fund and the husband of Clinton’s daughter Chelsea, had received an email in May 2012 from investor Harry Siklas asking if he could help set up contacts with Clinton or other State Department officials.

That August, Clinton relayed a copy of the investor’s email to Mezvinsky to Thomas Nides, then a deputy secretary of state and now vice chairman at Morgan Stanley, a major New York financial services firm. “Could you have someone follow up on this request which was forwarded to me?” Clinton asked Nides. He replied: “I’ll get on it.”

At the time, Clinton was advocating for an Obama administration push to win Senate approval for a sweeping law of the sea treaty. The pact would have aided U.S. mining companies scouring for minerals in international waters, but the Republican-dominated Senate blocked it.

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