A popular saying states that “politics is a dirty game,” so it means that no politician has clean hands. Other common phrases entail how “politicians are the best liars” and have a sweet tongue that entices the masses, but they do not deliver on their promises. But only a fact check can assess if one is corrupt or not.
Hillary Clinton is one of the prominent politicians in the United States, and she once dominated the political spotlight. The young adults remember her during the heated debates with former U.S. President Donald Trump and her intense run for the presidency in 2016.
During her run for higher office up to now, it was suggested that Clinton made about $95,5 million, and together with Barack Obama, they amassed wealth by stealing the American people’s money [Source]. But the meme which purported these claims had no concrete evidence to back them up. A false tweet once emerged suggesting that the late Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had deep secrets, which could lead to the arrest of Clinton, and it was discovered that Ginsburg did not have a personal Twitter account, so she could not have authored the tweet.
More baseless allegations against Clinton were related to how the Ukrainian government gave her “more money than any other country” funding the Clinton Foundation. In 2016, a T.V. ad titled “Corruption” was aired in which Donald Trump allegedly said that Clinton “handed over American uranium rights to the Russians as part of a pay-to-play scheme to get filthy rich” [Source]. Clinton was part of the nine voting members of the foreign investment committee in 2010 to approve the uranium deal. The president would also put his stamp of approval before the sale went through the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Clinton did not possess any authority to “unilaterally approve that deal.”
The ad also stated that “The Clintons: from dead broke to worth hundreds of millions. So how did Hillary end up filthy rich? Pay to play politics. Staggering amounts of cash poured into the Clinton Foundation from criminals, dictators, countries that hate America.”
However, a fact check revealed that the Clintons never acquired money donated to the non-profit Clinton Foundation. Bill Clinton set up this foundation after leaving the presidential office. The money, which Trump pinpointed, was obtained from Clinton’s outside activities, including giving speeches and writing books. Also, Clinton’s net worth was pegged at 4110 million, contrary to the “hundreds of millions” suggested.
Trump once fingered Clinton in a conspiracy of cutting deals for donors and alluded to a 2009 period where Clinton was working for the Swiss-based UBS “which was facing an IRS lawsuit to get the identities of Americans with secret bank accounts. The reported story of this case posited how Clinton “was summoned to Geneva by her Swiss counterpart to discuss the case, which, if it proceeded would leave UBS to either Violate Swiss secrecy laws by handing over the names or refuse and face criminal charges in U.S. federal court.”
The matter was concluded after the company settled with the Justice Department and only gave out information on 4 450 accounts out of the intended 52 000. A surge followed this in donations to the Clinton Foundation from UBS. A closer analysis found no linkage between the donations and Mrs. Clinton’s involvement, even her participation in the case was not backed up by any evidence.
A massive backlash against Clinton and her family is related to the Clinton Foundation [Source]. Hillary Clinton continues to argue that there was a clear distinction between her foundation and the state during her presidential run. For most of the corrupt allegations laid against her, Clinton proved to be innocent by a fact check.