A Bill Clinton aide who set up the family’s infamous private email account received government funds directed toward office staff for former presidents, a new analysis reveals.
- Ex-presidents get government funds to maintain an office
- Taxpayers paid $16 million from 2001 to fund Clinton’s New York office operations
- 13 staffers who got government funds also were paid by the Clinton foundation
- Among those on the payroll was Justin Cooper, who helped set up the Clintons’ private email server
- Feds pay $97,000 for staffing, which Clinton split up among multiple staff, supplementing their salaries with pay from the Foundation and other entities
- Funds for office bed bug removal also sought
Cooper drew government payments from 2011 through 2013. Cooper helped set up the email server that ultimately led Clinton to have to turn over 55,000 pages of material to the State Department and get labeled ‘extremely careless’ by the head of the FBI.
He was the person who originally registered the clintonemail.com domain. According to an anonymously sourced April report in a Washington Times column, the Clintons also paid legal fees for Cooper during the FBI investigation that brought in people in the Clinton orbit.
As an advisor to Bill Clinton, he also helped hammer out the agreement with the Obama administration for vetting Bill Clinton speeches with the State Department for possible conflicts while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state.
Hillary Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon blasted the Politico report, including an early headline which may have implied the funds paid for the physical server. Fallon wrote on Twitter: ‘This headline is egregiously false. Server hosting HRC’s email during State tenure was paid for w/personal funds.’