20111108_geiselhoward1Former Clinton official edited report to remove pedophilia investigations against ambassador

The State Department’s Inspector General, who is supposed to be an independent watchdog, selectively edited a 2013 report to protect Hillary Clinton just days before she resigned to focus on her 2016 presidential campaign.

In one case, Inspector General Harold Geisel removed revelations that Clinton’s office stopped an investigation of an ambassador accused of pedophilia.

Geisel is a former Clinton administration official and Democrat donor.

Clinton’s office also blocked officials from investigating other State Department personnel accused of sex crimes.  Geisel removed that information from the report released just days before she left State.

“One case, which triggered outraged comment from several [special investigations division] sources, relates to allegations that a Regional Security Officer engaged in serious criminal conduct including sexual abuse of local embassy staff during a series of embassy postings. Sources also reported that a senior [diplomatic security] official successfully protected some agents on the Secretary’s Detail from investigations into misbehavior while on official trips,” the draft report stated before it was changed.

“Sources reported that a senior ‘7th Floor’ Department official ordered [diplomatic security] to stop the investigation of an ambassador accused of pedophilia, and another such senior official had [diplomatic security] stop an investigation of an ambassador-designate,” the draft reads.

The seventh floor of the State Department building is where Clinton’s office was located.

“Evidence revealed possible cover-ups by then-Inspector General Geisel who was charged with oversight for the State Department. Geisel appeared to ignore allegations that major Democratic Party donor and U.S. Ambassador to Belgium Howard Gutman had sought underage prostitutes while at his post in Brussels, according to evidence collected by Fedenisn,” reports The Blaze.

“Additionally, Geisel had enough information to indicate that Hillary Clinton’s own private security detail was engaging with prostitutes overseas,” The Blaze reports.

“Inspectors learned in conversations with Department employees…that in some cases superiors in [diplomatic security] and in senior levels of the State Department have prejudiced the commencement, course and outcome of [special investigations division] investigations,” the early draft said.

“Sources referred to [diplomatic security] sometimes circling the wagons to protect favored [diplomatic security] rising stars from criminal charges or from embarrassing revelations that could harm a promising career,” the draft continued.

The Government Accountability Office expressed early concerns about putting Geisel in charge of monitoring Clinton.  An April 2011 report reveals worries his hire “resulted in, at a minimum, the appearance of independence impairment.”