Clinton Corruption... The First Twenty...
For as long as the Clintons have been on the national scene, they have plowed a path of personal, moral, and ethical destruction and wreckage through the American political landscape. Hillary in particular is a testament to the depth and breadth of damage that can be wrought by a single person hell-bent on conquering everything before her in a quest for unlimited power and self-gratification. The only prize left to her in American politics is the presidency, which she has always felt is hers by right. And she is frighteningly close to reaching it. With that in mind, we present you with this far-from comprehensive list of Clinton scandals, stretching all the way from the late 1970s (though we could go back further) to the present day.
1. The Monica Lewinsky Scandal
While many people called it just a sex scandal, it's more properly called a "lying under oath" scandal, or a "wagging his finger and lying to the American people's face" scandal. Lewinsky, a 22-year-old White House intern, had a sexual affair with President Clinton, the details of which found their way into the hands of Special Prosecutor Kenneth Starr, who was investigating Clinton on other matters. It led to the Clinton's impeachment -- only the second time such a thing has happened in the history of the United States.
On September 11, 2012, al Qaeda-affiliated terrorists overran a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, killing Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. In the multiple investigations that have followed, a damning picture of Hillary Clinton has emerged, in which she ignored Ambassador Stevens' repeated pleas for better consulate security in the months leading up to the attacks, lied to the American public and the victim's families about the cause of the attacks, and obstructed investigators' efforts to get to the bottom of her role in the tragedy.
3. The Asia Fundraising Scandal
The “Chinagate” fundraising scandal erupted during the 1996 Bill Clinton-Al Gore campaign and Hillary was very much involved. Chinagate -- also known as Commercegate -- might be the most serious scandal in U.S. history, because it involved the transfer of America’s most sensitive technology, including but not limited to nuclear missile and satellite technology, apparently in exchange for millions of dollars in contributions to the 1996 Clinton-Gore re-election bid. Then-Vice President Gore robotically repeated the phrase "there is no controlling legal authority" at least seven times during a news conference called to explain his many phone calls from the White House to solicit contributions to the Clinton-Gore re-election campaign. But the law was and still is very clear that partisan campaign contributions can't be solicited on or using federal property.
4. Hillary Clinton's Private Email Scandal and Coverup
Starting in March 2015, it became widely known that Hillary Clinton, in her years as United States Secretary of State under President Obama, had used her family's private email server for official government communications, rather than official State Department email accounts maintained on federal servers. Those official communications included thousands of classified messages, which Hillary initially denied. For a significant length of time, her private servers were either unprotected, or protected with nothing more than standard, off-the-shelf security software, and so were prime targets for international electronic espionage by our enemies.
5. The Whitewater Scandal
Whitewater was a fraudulent land scheme, masterminded by Hillary and Jim McDougal (who mysteriously died in prison), while Bill was Arkansas Attorney General and Hillary was a partner of the Rose Law Firm – which was also the firm of Vince Foster and Webster Hubbell, who later moved to D.C. with the Clintons in 1992. Hubbell was later indicted, tried and convicted for tax fraud. Foster turned up dead in Fort Marcy Park, as he was a material witness for then independent counsel Ken Starr's Whitewater criminal investigation.
Soon after her husband became president in 1993, Hillary engineered the firing of seven employees of the White House travel office and the hiring of a firm with ties to the Clintons to replace them. Multiple investigations absolved the president of involvement, but Hillary was found to have made false statements to investigators.
The office of inspector general at the U.S. State Department is investigating longtime Hillary Clinton friend and aide Huma Abedin for receiving pay she was not eligible for while she worked for Clinton at the State Department. But that's only part of the investigation. There is also the matter of Abedin's curious arrangement with the Clinton Foundation, and a private firm closely associated with the Clintons.
The Clinton's scandal-plagued two terms in the White House ended with a blockbuster presidential disgrace that even the former president regretted for damaging his reputation: the pardon of international fugitive donor Marc Rich. It came over the opposition of top aides and after supporters of Rich had funneled thousands of dollars into Clinton's campaigns and Hillary Clinton's successful Senate bid. The outrage over the pardon of Rich, accused of trading with Iran while it held American hostages, represented the final black eye on an administration and president that staggered from one scandal to the next.
9. Clinton Foundation Favors
During her time as Secretary of State, Hillary helped secure lucrative foreign contracts for companies who had donated millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation, including General Electric, ExxonMobil, Microsoft, and Boeing -- among many other large corporations which liberals claim to despise. In addition to the donations, these companies spent millions lobbying the State Department during Clinton’s tenure there.
10. The Magically Disappearing and Reappearing Rose Law Firm Records
Congressional and Justice Department investigators began issuing subpoenas in 1994 for Hillary Clinton's billing records as a partner in the Rose law firm at the center of the Whitewater scandal. She said her role was incidental, but when the records mysteriously turned up in the White House in 1996 (after mysteriously disappearing earlier), they showed that she'd met repeatedly with key figures in the scandal.
The White House FBI files controversy -- Filegate -- flared to life in June 1996 over the improper access by the Clinton administration in 1993 and 1994 of FBI security-clearance files. Craig Livingstone, director of the White House's Office of Personnel Security, improperly asked for and got background reports from the FBI, many of which concerned White House employees from previous Republican administrations, including top presidential advisors. Livingstone resigned under fire, and allegations were made that then-First Lady Hillary wanted access to the files for political reasons.
12. The Trouble with Hubble
Webb Hubbell spent 18 months in jail for bilking his law clients and his former employer, the Rose Law Firm of Little Rock, Ark. He, Hillary Clinton and the late Vince Foster were close friends at Rose before they all came to Washington, swept in with Bill Clinton's 1992 election. Most Americans, if they know anything about him, know him as a buddy of the Clintons who turned out to be a felon, who among other things is known to have received $500,000 from an Indonesian conglomerate for keeping quiet about what he knows about the Clintons.
13. The Waco Tragedy
The Branch Davidian standoff in Waco, Texas -- which happened early in President Clinton's first term -- turned into one of the most lethal exercises of police power in American history. Former House Waco investigator T. March Bell charged that Hillary pressured Attorney General Janet Reno through Deputy Attorney General Webb Hubbell to initiate the attack on the Waco compound that left 86 people dead, including many children. Bell charged that Hillary orchestrated the action because the Waco standoff was dominating the news.
14. The Clinton’s Swedish Slush Fund
The Clinton Foundation set up a fundraising arm in Sweden -- "Insamlingsstiftelse" -- that collected $26 million in donations at the same time that Sweden was lobbying Hillary’s State Department to reject sanctions that would have threatened its lucrative business ties with Iran.
An oldie but a goodie. In December 1993, allegations arose that Arkansas state troopers had arranged sexual liaisons for Bill Clinton when he was governor. They referenced a woman named Paula, who turned out to be Paula Jones, another sex scandal that dogged Clinton for years. Jones, of course, was just one of many targets of Hillary's infamous "Bimbo Eruption" task force, which systematically intimidated, smeared, and otherwise silenced the many women who were victims of Bill's sexual avarice -- all in the service of Hillary's political ambition.
16. The Gennifer Flowers Affair
Almost from the word Go, Americans became acquainted with the seedy side of newly-elected President Clinton, when he was hit with allegations that he'd had a long-standing affair with one-time cabaret singer Gennifer Flowers. He would later go on 60 Minutes, with Hillary -- following the 1992 Superbowl -- to admit to having caused "pain" in his marriage.
17. Clinton Speaking Fees
Hillary and her husband combined to earn more than $153 million in paid speeches from 2001 until Hillary Clinton launched her presidential campaign, according to an analysis by CNN (hardly a network known for hostility to the Clintons). In total, the two gave 729 speeches from February 2001 until the present, receiving an average payday of $210,795 for each address. They also reported at least $7.7 million for at least 39 speeches to big banks, including Goldman Sachs and UBS, with Hillary collecting at least $1.8 million for at least eight speeches to big banks. There's nothing wrong with this in and of itself. But combine it with Hillary's demagogic class warfare rhetoric and you've got yourself a case of first-rank hypocrisy.
18. Boeing's Big Bucks
Aerospace giant Boeing gave generously to the Clinton Foundation after Hillary personally intervened on their behalf to secure a lucrative contract with the Russian government. The secretary of state made what she admitted was a "shameless pitch" to the state-owned Russian carrier Rosavia in October 2009. Russia went on to strike a multi-billion dollar deal with Boeing in June 2010, after which the Seattle-based conglomerate cut a $900,000 check to the Clinton Foundation.
19. Larry Lawrence -- the Arlington Interloper
During the Clinton Administration, Larry Lawrence, U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland, died and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. One of America’s richest men, Lawrence owned the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, where his friend President Bill Clinton liked to vacation. Lawrence’s claim to the right to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery rested on his contention that he'd served in the Merchant Marines during WWII and had been injured. In fact, he'd actually avoided the draft and never served. His remains were ultimately disinterred and reburied in more appropriate (and less exulted) ground.
20. Hillary's Cattle Futures Profits
This chestnut goes all the way back to 1978, when Bill was on the verge of becoming the youngest-ever Governor of Arkansas, and Hillary found herself inexplicably dabbling in cattle futures. At the time, the combined income of the Clintons hovered around $60,000, so Hillary could ill-afford to risk much of anything in so speculative and unpredictable a venture. But lucky her. Over the space of roughly a year, Hillary was able to parlay an initial wager of $1,000 into $100,000. That's quite a return on investment. But cynics in Arkansas and elsewhere came to believe that luck had little to do with it, and that Hillary's financial advisor had actually engaged in a scam on her behalf.