Dr. Thomas Swan studied cognition and culture at Queen's University Belfast. He enjoys exploring the interplay between politics and culture.
Ten Scandals Involving Hillary Clinton
The scandals and allegations that have plagued Hillary Clinton's career are so numerous that she has become a divisive figure who is either a faultless saint or a heinous criminal in the partisan eyes of the public.
To her most loyal supporters, Hillary embodies a stern but kind, hard-working, wronged wife and mother, who is under constant attack from misogynists. To many others, she is a consummately corrupt politician who has abandoned working people and aligned with powerful financial and foreign interests to reach the top of American politics.
To gauge Hillary Clinton's character and the legitimacy of the scandals that haunt her, this article will examine ten of Hillary's worst scandals. These include the findings of Wikileaks, her voting record, the sordid history of donations to her election campaigns, her connections to the health insurance industry and Israel, the Benghazi scandal, and her secretive email practices.
As a European observer who has more in common with Democrats, I offer this largely condemnatory article as an objective investigation of the real Hillary Clinton.
1. The Hillary Wikileaks Scandal
In 2010, Wikileaks revealed that Clinton's State Department had issued a confidential cable that ordered U.S. diplomats to spy on U.N. officials. The order to gather fingerprints, iris scans, DNA, credit card details, and computer passwords went far beyond previous spying efforts and contravened the human rights of U.N. officials.
Clinton denied having issued the order, despite her name being present at the bottom of the cable. A spokesperson for the State Department claimed that it is standard procedure to affix the name of the Secretary of State to cables from Washington.
It is difficult to believe that Hillary would not be privy to information sent out under her name, especially a cable ordering diplomats to break international law. In many other countries, she would have been forced to resign to remove any doubt about her corruption. In America, she was allowed to continue in office, which was no surprise considering the power she held and continues to hold.
2. Hillary on Iraq
Of all the controversial statements made by Hillary Clinton, the clip of her lying to the Senate about "intelligence reports" regarding the Iraq War may be the worst (see video below). Despite Clinton's claims, it has been found that Saddam Hussein had no links to Al Qaeda and no weapons of mass destruction.
Hillary might claim ignorance (again) by saying that she genuinely believed Saddam to be a threat, but with over 50,000 combatants and perhaps a million civilians dead, can her reckless warmongering be forgiven? If you look at false evidence with a goal of proving it true, can you really claim that you were convinced by it?
3. Hillary on Iran
Hillary further aligned herself with Bush-era foreign policy with her comments about Iran. She consistently stated that Iran wants a nuclear weapon and should not be allowed to possess one.
In late 2007, when it was revealed that Iran had halted its nuclear weapons research in 2003, Hillary’s comments were further called into question. Nevertheless, in 2008, Hillary threatened Iran with nuclear obliteration should they ever launch a nuclear attack against Israel, prompting complaints about her conduct at the UN.
Perhaps worse, Hillary voted to label the Iranian Revolutionary Guard a “terrorist organisation” in 2007, and to use the military to enforce US policy against Iran. This blatant attempt to open the door to war attracted extensive criticism from fellow Democrats (see video below).
Hillary has threatened military action against Iran on numerous occasions, and in 2012 she engaged in further saber-rattling by claiming that "the time for peaceful resolution will come to an end."
Often, Hillary’s comments about Iran specifically refer to the security and safety of Israel, fueling speculation about which government she works for.
4. Hillary and Israel
Hillary's antagonism toward Iran is part of her unwavering supporting for Israel, its discriminatory policies against non-Jewish people, the disproportionate force it uses against its neighbors, and its settlement building on stolen land that is in violation of U.N. resolutions.
In 2008, representatives for the three major presidential candidates held a debate. Hillary's representative said:
"The role of the president of the United States is to support the decisions that are made by the people of Israel. It is not up to us to pick and choose from among the political parties of Israel.”
In 2010, Hillary Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea, married into the staunchly pro-Israel Mezvinsky family. Chelsea's husband, Marc Mezvinsky, is an investment banker and hedge fund manager who has worked for Goldman Sachs and is the son of former corrupt politician, Edward Mezvinsky, who spent five years in federal prison for fraud. One must wonder how the happy couple met.
5. Hillary's Healthcare Flip-Flop
Once the (supposed) champion of socialized health care, Hillary became the second most highly paid recipient of campaign donations from health insurance companies, drug manufacturers, and hospitals in 2006.
Those donations coincided with a moderation of her previous position. After the flood of money came in, she still wanted universal healthcare, but only with highly-profitable "mandatory coverage" provided by the health insurance industry.
6. Hillary's Fear Mongering Campaign Ads
During her 2008 campaign to win the Democratic primary, Hillary used fear tactics in a desperate move to entice the public to vote for her. One of her ads included pictures of Osama Bin Laden, Hurricane Katrina, soldiers marching, and other fear-provoking imagery (see video below).
Another of Clinton's ads preyed on people's concern for the safety of their children (see video below). These despicable ads were designed to scare people into voting for her. They demonstrated a lack of character and integrity, and a willingness to manipulate voters.
7. Hillary's Super Predators
In 1996, Hillary Clinton referred to juvenile criminals or "kids" as "super predators." The racially-loaded term had been gaining popularity and was spreading a moral panic among Americans.
The panic was used to enact various "tough on crime" measures that resulted in a disproportionate number of African-Americans going to prison for life, including many juveniles. In 2016, Hillary's use of the term was revisited and she was forced to apologize.
8. The Benghazi Scandal
In 2013, Hillary Clinton found herself embroiled in yet another scandal. This time it was her use of propaganda to mislead the public about the circumstances of the Benghazi terrorist attack on the American embassy in Libya. Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans died in the tragedy.
Hillary was quizzed about warnings from the Ambassador and the CIA about growing hostility. These warnings were produced less than a month before the attacks and were sent to her office.
Incredibly, Hillary denied any knowledge of the warnings (see video below). Furthermore, the warnings were not reported after the incident, which appeared to be an attempt to withhold information that could damage Hillary's reputation and that of the Obama administration.
Hillary Denies Seeing Warning
In 2013, documents emerged to prove that Hillary's aide, Victoria Nuland, ordered the removal of all mentions of terrorism, al-Qaeda, and CIA warnings from government reports about the attack. Instead, the State Department pushed the story that it was a spontaneous assault resulting from protests about an anti-Muslim video.
Despite repeated denials to Congress (see videos), telephone transcripts released in 2016 proved that Hillary knew about the cause of the attack and the cover-up. This should have resulted in her prosecution for lying to Congress. However, while others would be forced to abandon their political ambitions, she was simply too powerful for that to happen.
Hillary Evades Questions
9. Private and Hidden Emails
There appeared to be no end to the scandals involving Hillary Clinton when, in 2015, she was revealed to have used a private email account to conduct State Department business.
To avoid abuse and corruption, the Federal Records Act requires that all State Department officials use their government-assigned email address to correspond with colleagues and contacts. This allows records to be kept that can be used in any subsequent investigations.
We can only speculate about why Hillary breached this rule, but one reason would be to hide information that pertained to her role in the Benghazi scandal. Another would be to hide information relevant to her hiring of private consultants for global corporations into the State Department.
10. Other Hillary Clinton Scandals
Several other scandals have affected Hillary Clinton's political career and shaped perceptions of her character and integrity. Indeed, she is the only First Lady to have become the focus of a criminal investigation.
- One of these scandals was Clinton's 2008 hiring of Sandy Berger as an advisor. Berger had been convicted in 2005 for the theft of secret documents from the National Archives.
- Then, there were the allegations that Hillary falsified statements to the Federal Election Commission about a large donation to her 2000 Senate campaign. Peter Paul had made a donation that was significantly larger than the amount claimed in her statement. Such criminal misconduct might have carried a five-year prison term. However, despite her campaign receiving a fine, repeated lawsuits against Clinton were later rejected in the courts.
- In 2009, it was found that Hillary Clinton intervened on behalf of companies who later donated money to her husband's foundation. The findings raised serious ethical concerns but all she received was a stern lecture from a panel of fellow politicians.
- In 2012, Hillary’s questionable character and hawkish foreign policy came to the fore again with her reaction to the death of Muammar Gaddafi. Her statement made light of his death and could only be described as gleefully heartless (see video below).
- In 2015, it was revealed that the Clinton Foundation had accepted donations from Middle Eastern dictatorships that were proportional in size to the arms deals they had received from Clinton's State Department.
- During the 2016 Democratic primary, Hillary illegally funnelled State party money into her campaign to defeat Bernie Sanders. It was also revealed during the campaign that she had given speeches to Wall Street firms for hundreds of thousands of dollars. They apparently just thought that she was a tremendous speaker.
What Did Hillary Clinton Do Wrong?
Hillary Clinton is a powerful American politician who may never have reached that position without the contacts she established during her time as First Lady. One has to ask how many deals were made to get her into power, and how many scandals it will take before that power is taken away. Even today, there is talk of her running for President again.
The list of Hillary Clinton scandals is extensive, and this absence of moral integrity is reflected in her murderous foreign policy, past campaign ads, healthcare corruption, lack of transparency, pay-for-play attitude, and the Benghazi cover-up.
The things that Hillary did wrong in her career were the inevitable consequence of who she is as a person. The real Hillary Clinton can be found by joining the dots. In doing so, we discover a politician whose character lacks any semblance of principled integrity: a heartless liar and propagandist who appears to be as corrupt as they come.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2012 Thomas Swan