The Most Shocking Scandals of Bill and Hillary Clinton, Revealed
Bill and Hillary Clinton have long been the subject of investigations throughout their political careers. The scandals surrounding Bill’s alleged wrongdoings and Hillary’s alleged disregard for government protocol have landed them under the FBI’s microscope more than a handful of times. Follow along to learn about all the shocking scandals of Bill and Hillary Clinton.
The first Clinton scandal to make headlines took place in 1992 in the midst of Clinton working to land his Democratic presidential bid. When Clinton was a state official in Arkansas, he and Hillary financially contributed to the Whitewater Development Corporation — a real estate company. Because of that contribution, the Clintons were closely connected to the inner workings of the corporation.
Even though the Clintons never faced prosecution, the level of their sketchy behavior soared. Documents disappeared then reappeared. But it was their partners, Jim McDougal and at-the-time wife Susan, who went down for the fraudulent business practices. Jim was convicted of fraud for making bad loans and ended up dying in a Texas prison. When Susan opted out of answering the questions being asked by a Grand Jury, she was sent to jail for 18 months for contempt of court. The Clintons, however, managed to come out the whole debacle unscathed.
The 90s were a big decade for the Clintons. Despite claims that seven travel office employees were given the boot based on a run-in with ethics and record-keeping, rumors started to swirl that Clinton actually got rid of the employees in order to provide jobs to some of his close, personal friends. The FBI investigated the firings for years but was inevitably unable to bring charges on Bill or Hillary, who was alleged to have been the root of the sneaky business.
Next: Vince Foster
3. Vince Foster’s death
When Vince Foster, a White House lawyer, turned up dead in Virginia Park, eyes turned to the Clintons. Foster was involved in the Travelgate investigation. When his body was discovered, a note in his briefcase read, “I was not meant for the job or the spotlight of public life in Washington. Here ruining people is considered sport.” Many anti-Clinton advocates suggested that Bill and Hillary were involved, but the cause of Foster’s death was eventually ruled as a suicide.
Next: Clinton’s mistresses
4. Paula Jones and Monica Lewinsky
The Paula Jones allegation that former President Clinton had attempted to get frisky in an Arkansas hotel room opened up a huge can of worms. Out came the onslaught of other alleged affairs of which Clinton had been involved — Gennifer Flowers and Monica Lewinsky. Despite a major run-around of Clinton denying his affair with Lewinsky, he eventually admitted to the inappropriate relationship and apologized to the public. As for Jones, he settled the lawsuit for a whopping $850,000.
Back in 1993 and 1994, Craig Livingstone was granted improper access to hundreds of personnel records. The individuals whose records were compromised included a slew of Republican officials from previous administrations. When the scandal came to the light, Livingstone resigned. At the eye of the storm was Hillary, who was alleged to have requested the files to get an inside scoop on business that was not hers. Nevertheless, both Hillary and Bill were not charged with any misconduct.
On September 11, 2012, the US diplomatic and intelligence mission in Benghazi, Libya, was attacked by extremists, killing Libyan Ambassador Chris Stevens, State Department Information Management Officer Sean Smith, and Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, both of whom were diplomatic security agents. At the time, Hillary Clinton was serving the Obama administration as Secretary of State. Clinton was accused of being untruthful in the explanation of the attack and not giving the mission a heads up on leads that an attack could be imminent.
According to NPR, “An investigation by the Accountability Review Board outlined ‘systematic’ security failings by managers at the State Department. Earlier work by other congressional committees found that intelligence analysts had shifting views about the nature and motivation for the attack.”
Next: The Clinton Foundation
7. Clinton Foundation
In 1997, the Clinton Foundation was established, however, in 2015, rumors started to swirl that the foundation was meddling in affairs that could be considered a conflict of interest — particularly between 2009 and 2013 when Hillary was serving as Secretary of State for Obama. Investigations continue but nothing conclusive has been announced.
Next: The private email server debacle
8. Private email server
President Trump kept highlighting Hillary’s wrongdoings surrounding the exchange of confidential government information on her private email server. As it currently stands, the allegations appear factual, as all the signs and evidence point to Clinton’s disregard for requesting permission to use a private email server, which apparently would have never been granted. Furthermore, Clinton ignored the protocol surrounding the safeguarding of classified government information.