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Birds Of A Feather Get Investigated By The Feds Together

- April 19, 2016

THERANOS INC. IS BEING INVESTIGATED BY FEDERAL PROSECUTORS, LESS THAN A MONTH AFTER IT'S CEO HOSTED A FUNDRAISER FOR CLINTON

Last Night, News Broke That Theranos Inc. Is Under Investigation By Federal Prosecutors. "Federal prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation into whether Theranos Inc. misled investors about the state of its technology and operations, according to people familiar with the matter." (Christopher Weaver, John Carreyrou and Michael Siconolfi, "Theranos Is Subject Of Criminal Probe By U.S." The Wall Street Journal , 4/18/16)

Theranos Inc. CEO Elizabeth Holmes Hosted A Fundraiser For Clinton In California Last Month

On March 21st Chelsea Clinton Headlined A Fundraiser For Her Mother With Company CEO Elizabeth Holmes. "Next Monday, Holmes is hosting a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in Palo Alto. The event includes a conversation with former First Family member Chelsea Clinton, and participants who pay $2,700 get to go to a 'host reception' with Chelsea." (Noah Kulwin, "Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes Is Holding A Hillary Fundraiser With Chelsea Clinton," Re/Code, 3/14/16)

  • Elizabeth Holmes Is The CEO Of The "Embattled Blood-Testing Startup Theranos" Which Has Lost "Commercial Partners, Board Members And A Lot Of Credibility Over The Past Few Months." "Elizabeth Holmes, CEO of the embattled blood-testing startup Theranos, has lost commercial partners, board members and a lot of credibility over the last few months." (Noah Kulwin, "Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes Is Holding A Hillary Fundraiser With Chelsea Clinton," Re/Code, 3/14/16)

The Fundraiser Had To Be Relocated In An "Abrupt About-Face" From The Theranos HQ To Holmes' Home Due To The Speculated "Political Liability" And Bad Press Surrounding The Event

Theranos Has Been "Under Intense Scrutiny" After A Wall Street Journal Investigation Revealed Big Problems With The Companies Blood Testing Technology. "Theranos is under intense scrutiny after a Wall Street Journal investigation revealed that the company's blood testing technology is not as accurate as it had claimed." ("Chelsea Clinton Cancels Fundraiser At Theranos HQ, Instead Campaigns At Private Bay Area Homes," NBC-Bay Area, 3/21/16)

Holmes Was Scheduled To Host The Fundraiser At The Theranos Headquarters, But In An "Abrupt About-Face, The Campaign Relocated The Event To Holmes' Home. "Chief executive Elizabeth Holmes was scheduled to host a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton at Theranos' headquarters in Silicon Valley on Monday. But in an abrupt about-face, the campaign relocated the event to the private home of a tech entrepreneur." (Sharon Begley, "Clinton Campaign Relocates Fundraiser Away From Theranos," Stat News, 3/21/16)

"Bad Press Surrounding The Event May Have Caused The Campaign To Relocate The Event…" " But bad press surrounding the event may have caused the campaign to relocate the event; an official invite obtained by CNBC on Friday showed it would take place at the private home of a tech entrepreneur." (Arielle Duhaime-Ross, "Here's A Picture Of Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes And Chelsea Clinton,"The Verge, 3/22/16)

The Change In Fundraiser Location "Followed A Storm Of Rough Publicity" Speculating That Clinton's "Theranos Connection Could Be A Political Liability…" "The change followed a storm of rough publicity last week as outside analysts pondered whether the Theranos connection could become a political liability for Clinton - and perhaps cast a bad light on the company itself." (Sharon Begley, "Clinton Campaign Relocates Fundraiser Away From Theranos," Stat News, 3/21/16)

  • Clinton's Campaign Did Little To "Distance Themselves From" Holmes, Using Her "Clout To Raise Money." "The Clintons didn't try very hard to distance themselves from Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes. Instead, they graciously used her clout to raise money." (Arielle Duhaime-Ross, "Here's A Picture Of Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes And Chelsea Clinton,"The Verge , 3/22/16)
  • Despite "Questions That Surround The Accuracy Of Theranos' Tests" The "Clintons Seem Perfectly Happy To Stand Beside It. " But despite questions that surround the accuracy of Theranos' tests and the company's unwillingness to demonstrate the validity of its inventions, the Clintons seem perfectly happy to stand beside it." (Arielle Duhaime-Ross, "Here's A Picture Of Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes And Chelsea Clinton," The Verge, 3/22/16)
  • "The Clinton Campaign Declined To Comment." "Chelsea Clinton, a graduate of Stanford, which is close to Theranos headquarters in Palo Alto, is still expected to attend. And Holmes will still speak, as will Heather King¬ - a former Clinton advisor who now serves as Theranos' general counsel. They will be joined by nine other top women in Silicon Valley, according to CNBC, which first reported the venue change. The Clinton campaign declined to comment on the event." (Sharon Begley, "Clinton Campaign Relocates Fundraiser Away From Theranos," Stat News, 3/21/16)

Clinton Benefits From Her Theranos Ties In More Ways Than One

Between January 1, 2016 And March 31, 2016, Lobbyist Irene Bueno Bundled $27,560 For Clinton's Campaign, Having Never Previously Bundled For Clinton's 2016 Run. (Federal Election Commission, Accessed 4/16/16)

  • Bueno Lobbied For Theranos As Recently As The Third Quarter Of 2015, And The Firm She Works For, NVG, LLC Lobbied On Behalf Of Theranos In The Fourth Quarter Of 2015. (Query The Lobbying Disclosure Act Database, The United States Senate , Accessed 4/16/16)

Elizabeth Holmes Has Participated In Clinton Foundation Initiatives, Appearing At Their "Health Matters Summit" In January 2015. "Holmes has appeared with the Clintons before. In January 2015, she participated in a the Clinton Foundation's 'Health Matters Summit.'" (Arielle Duhaime-Ross, "Here's A Picture Of Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes And Chelsea Clinton," The Verge, 3/22/16)

  • Holmes Also Spoke With Bill Clinton About The "Future Of Equality And Opportunity" In September 2015 At A Clinton Global Initiative Event. "And in September, she spoked with Bill Clinton about the 'future of equality and opportunity' during a Clinton Global Initiative event." (Arielle Duhaime-Ross, "Here's A Picture Of Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes And Chelsea Clinton,"The Verge , 3/22/16)

Let's Not Forget Clinton is Also Under Federal Investigation For her secret Server

On February 8, The FBI Confirmed That The Investigation Into Clinton's Secret Server Is Ongoing. "The FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server remained 'ongoing' as of earlier this month, a top FBI official said in a letter filed in federal court Monday." (Josh Gerstein, "FBI: Clinton Email Probe 'Ongoing,'" Politico, 2/8/16)

Clinton's Email Investigation Is Criminal In Nature. "Fox News correspondent Ed Henry reported on Thursday the FBI is in fact conducting a criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton's email use as secretary of state. 'Our investigations are all criminal,' an FBI spokesman told Peter Barnes. The Clinton campaign inaccurately claimed the agency's investigation of her private server is not criminal in nature." (Daniel Bassali, "FBI Confirms: Investigation Of Clinton Email Server A 'Criminal Probe,'"The Washington Free Beacon , 8/6/16)

  • The F.B.I.'s Focus Is On Whether Clinton's Emails Broke The Law. "F.B.I. focus on whether disputed Clinton emails broke the law, but deciding won't be simple." (New York Times Politics, Twitter Feed, 9/24/15)

The Justice Department Granted Immunity To Clinton's Staffer Who Set Up Her Secret Server. " The Washington Post reported Wednesday that the Justice Department has granted immunity to the staffer who set up the server, Bryan Pagliano, so that he would be willing to speak with investigators." (Eric Tucker, "Clinton Email Probe Fraught With Political Consequences," The Associated Press , 3/3/16)

  • Pagliano's Immunity Was Granted As Part Of A Criminal Investigation. " The Justice Department has granted immunity to a former State Department staffer, who worked on Hillary Clinton's private email server, as part of a criminal investigation into the possible mishandling of classified information, according to a senior law enforcement official." (Adam Goldman, "Justice Dept. Grants Immunity To Staffer Who Set Up Clinton Email Server," The Washington Post , 3/2/16)

The Associated Press Headline: "APNewsBreak: Gov't Declares 22 Clinton Emails 'Top Secret'" ("APNewsBreak: US Declares 22 Clinton Emails 'Top Secret,'" The Associated Press, 1/29/16)

The 22 Top Secret Emails, Which Are Being "Withheld In Full" Were Being Handled By As Many As 30 Accounts, Reflecting "How The Intelligence Was Broadly Shared." "A second source not authorized to speak on the record said the number of accounts involved could be as high as 30 and reflects how the intelligence was broadly shared, replied to, and copied to individuals using the unsecured server. The State Department recently confirmed that the messages in question include the most sensitive kind of intelligence. On Jan. 29, Fox News first reported that some emails on Clinton's server were too damaging to release in any form. The State Department subsequently announced that 22 'top secret' emails were being withheld in full; these were the messages being handled by more than a dozen accounts." (Catherine Herridge And Pamela Browne, "Official: Top Clinton Aides Also Handled 'Top Secret' Intel On Server," Fox News, 2/10/16)

  • Fox News Headline: "Official: Top Clinton Aides Also Handled 'Top Secret' Intel On Server" (Catherine Herridge And Pamela Browne, "Official: Top Clinton Aides Also Handled 'Top Secret' Intel On Server," Fox News , 2/10/16)

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