If there is anyone with more backroom, ugly scandals than Hillary Clinton in politics or the grand scope of life in general, you’d be lucky to search this entire planet and find anyone remotely close. This woman can’t seem to file a document or speak a word without tripping up a scandal or a controversy, and yet somehow she finds enough benefit of the doubt to spew constant judgement and condescension at anyone who dares to question the Clinton dynasty.
It takes a snake to maneuver the waters with her level of skill, and it takes a charmer (or an illusionist) to convince everyone to let her get away with it. Well, you know what? Here’s a nice reminder of some of the facts, scandals, and carnage Clinton has left in her wake, the kind no one should ever forget—especially now that this snake/charmer aspires to lead the country for at least four years.
1 – She’s the first presidential spouse to ever be subpoenaed. This was specifically for her involvement on the Whitewater controversy. If it doesn’t sound familiar, it’s because this happened during husband Bill’s presidential campaign and first years in office. As the facts stand: The New York Times printed an article alleging the Clintons invested and lost money in the Whitewater Development Corporation, a failed venture. From there, an investigation arose with Bill and Hillary as the focus, and this led to a grand jury subpoena for both Clintons while Bill was still in office to turn over all related documents. 15 people ended up convicted of federal charges (though four of them got pardons from husband Bill right before he left office).
2 – She laughed while admitting she got child rapist off the hook. In 1975, Clinton, as an attorney, represented a man accused of raping a 12-year-old girl whose family he lived with. Having to defend her client to the best of her ability, she negotiated a plea deal that turned a potential 30-year sentence into one year and four years’ probation. But the bad part doesn’t involve the sentence—while being interviewed in the mid-1980s, Clinton acknowledged (but did not explicitly state) her client lied about raping a child and still passed a polygraph. “I had him take a polygraph, which he passed, which forever destroyed my faith in polygraphs [laughter]!” Someone has poor taste in humor.
3 – She made cash off pollution. As an attorney, Clinton made serious cash through her law firm and by being on corporate boards before she married husband Bill and took on her “good wife” image. Some of that cash—roughly $31,000 per year—came from Lafarge, a company later fined $1.8 million by the EPA for pollution in 1992 (a fine Clinton herself never had to pay despite her making money off the company). Funny enough, the Clinton administration ending up knocking that fine down to under $600,000. They do say it’s all about who you know.
4 – She and Bill are the first and only couple to be fingerprinted by the FBI. This was due to a scandal during the Clinton administration: “Filegate.” In 1996, the Clintons were believed to have improper access to FBI files. The White House’s personnel security director improperly requested FBI reports including people who’d served in previous Republican administrations. And it was there that concern of a “dirty tricks” operation was in place by the Clintons—something Nixon had operated too. With that, Judiciary Committee chair, Orrin Hatch, requested the FBI perform fingerprint analyses on both Clintons. However, the FBI confirmed neither Clinton handled files personally—the beauty of having aides—though her fingerprints were found on relevant requested documents…two years later, in her family quarters.
5 – She associated with donors who wound up in jail. When Clinton ran for president in 2008, Norman Hsu, a big Democrat party contributor and fundraiser, was the man who collected contributions for the party, with these coming from a variety of “sources.” He went long and far to promote Clinton, but it turned out Hsu was a criminal and—believe it or not—a fugitive who had been scamming people and businesses for years—$20 million worth. Also, years before that in mid-90s, Jorge Cabrera was a Democratic supporter who even wrote a personal check of $20,000 to the party. He was even seen in press pictures with Clinton as First Lady—a few months later, Cabrera was arrested in a Miami drug bust and got 19 years in prison. Again, it’s all about who you know.
6 – She and her State Department failed to label Boko Harem a terrorist outfit. Despite the urging of many within Obama’s administration and hard evidence, Secretary of State Clinton didn’t label this Nigerian-based Islamic terrorist group a terror threat. Evidence was presented to the State Department in 2011, but Boko Haram remained off the terror list until 2013. One government watchdog group found evidence of political conflicts of interest involving foreign donations and the Clinton Foundation, but it is also interesting to note that Boko Haram didn’t become a terrorist outfit until after Obama was reelected.
7 – She knew about Bill harassing Paula Jones and did nothing. Paula Jones was a government worker in Arkansas while husband Bill was governor there, and she alleged she was sexually harassed by Bill while he was there. She filed a suit in 1994, calling for just under $1 million in damages, though the case was settled out of court. Years later in 2015, the same Paula Jones told reporters she believed Hillary knew all about the harassment yet did nothing and simply supported her husband. Such accusations had weight behind it because of Juanita Broaddrick, a woman who claimed Bill raped her in 1978 and accused Hillary of “trying to silence her.”
8 – She and her State Department are the reason a US Ambassador was killed in Benghazi. With the deaths of four Americans, including sitting US Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, during the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, the State Department initially described this incident as a spontaneous one when it was actually planned and premediated. Many suspect the State Department’s desire for a low profile to be the reason why the compound’s security was below standard—Clinton claimed responsibility for the lapses, but tried to abscond personal blame by pointing to other professionals in her department who handled security directly.
9 – She was the central figure behind Travelgate, the Clinton administration’s first major ethics controversy. In this scandal, seven White House employees were fired from its Travel Office for “irregularities,” some saying so friends of the Clintons could get on staff. Further evidence suggested Clinton orchestrated the firings and was believed to have lied under oath years before when the investigations started, as newly discovered evidence contradicted her statements that she’d had no involvement. Many, unsurprisingly, felt a cover-up was in place.
10 – She thinks women who accuse men of sexual harassment are “whiney.” It’s safe to say if Clinton were Republican, everyone would’ve heard about her characterization of women who dare to accuse men of sexually harassment, which anyone with sense would tell you is a genuine problem, as the “whiney women,” aka victims, of former Senator Bob Packwood (R-OR) would likely agree. According to the notes of Clinton’s good friend, late Professor Diane Blair, she was “tired of all those whiney women, and she needs [Bill] on health care.” Because political priorities take precedence over sexual mistreatment and such—this coming from the woman who invokes the “war on women” to regularly push her agenda.
11 – She took money from Wal-Mart and never acknowledged it afterward. Between 1986 and 1992, Clinton was on the Wal-Mart board, which has been repeatedly criticized for supposed anti-union activity—Clinton, of course, did nothing about it on a board that included John Tate, who famously said, “Labor unions are nothing but blood-sucking parasites living off the productive labor of people who work for a living.” Clinton’s 2008 campaign biography made absolutely no mention of Wal-Mart, and even further, Clinton was described as “loyal company woman” by Tate himself Since, you know, a paycheck is a paycheck, even when supreme lack of respect is running rampant.
12 – She called the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky affair a “Vast Right Wing Conspiracy.” This was her response to the rumors about husband Bill and then White House intern Monica Lewinsky: “The great story here for anybody willing to find it and write about it and explain it, is this vast right-wing conspiracy that has been conspiring against my husband since the day he announced for president.” One can get the whole woman scorned fact of the matter, but this of course fell flat when Bill admitted to the affair after lying about it, becoming the second President to be served the Articles of Impeachment. Since then, Clinton’s phrase has become part of the Democrat’s toolkit, being used many times including to describe press attacks against Pres. Obama.
13 – She claimed to have come under sniper fire in Bosnia before recanting. When Clinton was First Lady in 1996, she made an official visit to Bosnia to meet with American troops stationed there after the Bosnian War (started in response to the breakup of Yugoslavia) ended. After she returned, she told the press she and her then 16-year-old daughter came under sniper fire and could have been killed at the airport. One week later, Clinton took back her comments, claiming to have “made a mistake” in recounting what happened—especially given that news footage showed her calmly walking from her plane. She may have figured out claiming the First Lady and Daughter were under fire in a war-torn, unstable country was a bad idea if completely false.
14 – She and Bill took items from the White House that weren’t theirs. When the Clintons moved out of White House at the start of the Bush administration, there were allegations of “damage, theft, vandalism, and pranks” in abundance. From there, upon moving into their New York home after the White House, they brought along a whopping $190,000 worth of items that should have been left in their place, considering those items actually did not belong to either Clinton. Clinton and husband Bill did ultimately return the items, but the fact that it happened at all is interesting when considering Clinton’s own admission that she and her husband were broke and in debt when they left the White House.
15 – She gave speeches for $225,000 a piece but banned the press from them. All three Clintons—Hillary, Bill, and Chelsea—have earned income through speeches. One year, Clinton made $11 million for 51 speeches, averaging around $225,000 each. With the level of leverage that she has, Clinton could have even gotten away with a greater fee, especially given her speeches were for Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street bigwigs. More than that, however, Clinton clouds these speeches in complete privacy to the point no one really knows what she talks about, promoting a secrecy akin to that of the Free Masons. No media, press, live tweeting, or photos, leaving many suspicious of her coziness with big money, many like that guy Bernie Sanders. One reporter claims to have never seen so much secrecy for such a big event—because that’s just how she rolls apparently with her opaque self.
16 – She endangered national security to have a private email server. During Clinton’s time as Secretary of State, she exclusively used a private email server rather than the official State Department’s federal servers—the kind that are designed to the best of their ability to protect classified information including the names of operatives overseas and in the US. By asserting control of her server, Clinton and her sides could decide which emails to turn over to the State Department when requested and which emails not to—as such, the State Department has actually “lost” digital copies of many of the emails the FBI has requested, calling it a “clerical” error. Given that “CIA names just fall off the page” of Clinton’s easily hackable emails, if she doesn’t face indictment at the end of the FBI’s investigation, it will be a colossal joke. ***Many of these emails are now coming out via Wikileaks.
17 – And finally: She claims to have communed with Eleanor Roosevelt. Bob Woodward reported that while in the White House, Clinton used to have “chats” with long dead First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and even Gandhi (also long dead). Such conversations were facilitated by Jean Houston, co-director of the Foundation for Mind Research, who actually moved into the White House for a spell—when asked by Houston if she would ever want to address Jesus, Clinton said it would be “too personal.” Admittedly, this is less a scandal and more just something weird as hell, but this story alone represents the major power of left-wing media bias. No one has heard of this, but everyone knew about Nancy Reagan and her love for astrology to the point of ridiculous contention.
And how many scandals can be tied to Nancy Reagan? Probably not as many as Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton, who may be the least charming charmer of the media this side of the 2000s. In addition to being someone who should not be president just because she’s always been there like a mole on your skin.