The Many Scandals that Make-up Hillarygate

Hillary Clinton claimed she used a private email address and server as a matter of convenience, not wanting to use two cells. But during a women’s conference in Santa Clara, California, Hillary said she uses two cell phones.

“I want to ask the big question — iPhone or Android?” the interviewer said.

“iPhone! Okay, in full disclosure — and a Blackberry,” Hillary responded.

Hillary also used an iPad during her time as secretary of state under President Obama, which was not cleared by the administration because it was not considered secure. But she’s been involved in scandals before including a Y2K one aptly named ‘Email-gate.’

The White House email system in the year 2000 apparently contained a glitch that allowed thousands of emails to escape record, many of which were evidence to other Clinton scandals, becoming the basis for Hillary’s first email scandal. The nature of this glitch was allegedly undisclosed in order to hide email evidence from investigators.

In 1978 and 1979, Hillary engaged in a series of trades of cattle futures contracts. Her initial $1,000 investment had generated nearly $100,000 when she stopped trading after ten months, leading to what would become known as the ‘Cattlegate.’ Many believed it to be a bribe, camouflaged as futures trades, from Tyson Foods Inc.

In March 1992, ‘Whitewater scandal’ began with investigations into the real estate investments of Bill and Hillary Clinton and their associates, Jim and Susan McDougal, in the Whitewater Development Corporation, a failed business venture in the 1970s and 1980s.

Deputy White House Counsel Vince Foster was found dead July 20, 1993. He was distraught at the prospect of being grilled about the shady affairs of Hillary Clinton.  His death was ruled a suicide. Hillary later ordered the shredding of Foster’s documents in the Rose Law Firm.

The ‘Castle Grande Land-flip Scandal’ was a scandal within a scandal involving real estate development project in Arkansas. It came into National news as a result of the Whitewater investigations. In 1994, the Castle Grande billing records were subpoenaed, but were not produced at that time.

In 1996, Hillary was accused by the Senate Special Whitewater Committee of ordering the removal of potentially damaging files related to Whitewater from Foster’s office on the night of his death and telling aides to lie about their removal. A year and a half later, a White House employee, found the billing records in the private quarters of the first family, right outside Hillary’s private office.

“Travelgate’ became news in May 1993, after Hillary had seven employees of the White House Travel Office fired in order to give the pricey travel business to her Hollywood pals, Linda Bloodworth Thomason and Harry Thomason. The White House finally releases more than 2,000 documents on June 25, 1996, on the travel office firings, originally requested two years prior by congressional investigators.

During 1994 investigation into ‘Hillarycare,’ a federal judge ordered a trial to find out if Hillary’s heath care task force illegally operated in secret. It was discovered she has speculated in Health Care industry futures while overseeing legislative reform of same, failed to correct false testimony by co-defendant Ira Magaziner in Health Care trial and ordered members of the Health Care Task Force to shred documents that were the target of a court probe.

Dubbed the ‘Drug Dealer Donor Scandal,’ it involved convicted drug trafficker Jorge Cabrera. He made $20,000 donation to the Clinton’s campaign and was invited to the White house in December 1995 without Secret Service present.  Cabrera was asked for a campaign contribution while in hotel in Havana, by Vivian Mannerud, a Cuban-American businesswoman from Miami.

The money was returned and after a few weeks, the story stopped making news.

‘Filegate’ arose in June 1996 around improper access in 1993 and 1994 to Federal Bureau of Investigation security-clearance documents. Craig Livingstone, director of the White House’s Office of Personnel Security, improperly requested, and received from the FBI, background reports concerning several hundred individuals without asking permission.

‘Chinagate’ was an effort by the People’s Republic of China in 1996 to influence domestic American politics prior to and during the Clinton administration and also involved the fund-raising practices of the administration itself. The Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C. was used for coordinating contributions in violation of U.S. law forbidding non-American citizens or non-permanent residents from giving monetary donations to U.S. politicians and political parties.

Federal investigators later concluded that China made off with the “crown jewels” of our nuclear weapons research under Clinton’s open-door policy. Commerce Secretary Ron Brown, who served as Clinton’s front man in many Chinese deals died suddenly in a suspicious April 1996 plane crash.

Reminiscent of ‘Chinagate,” Norman Yung Yuen Hsu, a convicted pyramid investment promoter, and major Democratic donor gave nearly a million dollars to Hillary’s 2008 campaign. She was later forced to return more than $800,000 in Hsu-linked contributions in the scandal that soon became known as ‘bundlegate.’

In 2013 Hillary 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 that left four Americans dead.

“Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night and decided they’d go kill some Americans,” Clinton tritely screech. “What difference – at this point, what difference does it make?”

If elected in 2016, we’re sure to find out.

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About Tom Darby

French-born, American-raised, U.S. citizen, husband, father, friend, veteran, and writer.
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