A comprehensive guide to every Hillary Clinton scandal of the 2016 general election

A comprehensive guide to every Hillary Clinton scandal of the 2016 general election
Source: AP
Source: AP

Her opponent has run the most controversial election campaign in modern history. But that doesn't mean Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton hasn't seen her fair share of scandal, either. 

With only a few days until the election, Clinton maintains a modest lead over Republican candidate Donald Trump in national polls, and each candidates' scandals will undoubtedly be swirling in voters' minds before each one casts their ballot. 

Mic has compiled all of Clinton's scandals in one place. 

What's up with Hillary Clinton's emails? 

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders famously said the American people are "sick and tired" of hearing about Clinton's "damn emails." But that wasn't exactly true. 

Just over a week ago, FBI Director James Comey told Congress he would open another investigation into more of Clinton's emails, even though he was unsure what he was looking for or what they contained. 

The FBI had previously review 30,000 emails that Clinton's legal team handed over and determine that "no charges are appropriate" against Clinton. Of the 30,000 emails, sent during her tenure at the State Department, investigators found 110 emails in 52 email chains that contained classified information. 

Though he recommended no charges, Comey called Clinton's email exchanges "completely careless." 

Adding to Clinton's email woes is that, during her time as secretary of state, she also used a private email server that processed both her personal and professional emails. And while she did hand over about 30,000 work-related emails, she and her team deleted another chunk of emails — between 32,000 and 33,000. The FBI recovered about 17,000 of them. 

Hillary Clinton
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Is the Clinton Foundation corrupt? 

The Clinton Foundation became the primary way Bill Clinton continued to serve after his presidency ended in 2000. There were concerns when Barack Obama nominated Clinton to be secretary of state that there would be a conflict of interest between the Clinton Foundation and her role as the country's top diplomat, but she assured none would arise

But emails released to the public after a lawsuit from conservative group Judicial Watch show that some donors to the Clinton Foundation did seek access to Clinton while she was secretary of state. 

At least one donor, the crown prince of Bahrain, whose government gave money to the foundation, secured a meeting because of his donations to the foundation. Of course, meeting with a foreign dignitary was not outside of Clinton's job responsibilities, either.

The Associated Press reported that 85 out of 154 private meetings Clinton held during her tenure were with donors to the family's foundation. Given her four-year tenure, that's less than 40 private meetings per year, and only about 20 a year with donors. 

What did Hillary Clinton say in her Goldman Sachs speeches? 

After months of wondering during both the primary and general election just what it was Clinton said to Wall Street executives in closed-door speeches, the American public saw many of these speeches in October thanks to WikiLeaks.

Hillary Clinton
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What did they contain? 

In more than one speech, Clinton said that Wall Street shouldn't be too regulated, and that they can help come up with solutions to America's financial problems. In a 2013 speech to Goldman Sachs, she said: 

"There's nothing magic about regulations, too much is bad, too little is bad. How do you get to the golden key, how do we figure out what works? And the people that know the industry better than anybody are the people who work in the industry." 

In a 2014 speech to Goldman Sachs and BlackRock employees, she said she is "far removed" from the American public. 

"My father loved to complain about big business and big government, but we had a solid middle class upbringing. We had good public schools. We had accessible health care. We had our little, you know, one-family house that, you know, he saved up his money, didn't believe in mortgages. So I lived that. And now, obviously, I'm kind of far removed because the life I've lived and the economic, you know, fortunes that my husband and I now enjoy, but I haven't forgotten it."

Clinton said she wants a "hemispheric open market" in a May 2013 speech to Brazil's Banco Itau.  

"My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders, some time in the future with energy that is as green and sustainable as we can get it, powering growth and opportunity for every person in the hemisphere."

And in April 2013, she cited Abraham Lincoln's long battle to pass the 13th Amendment as an example of why candidates need public and private positions on issues. 

"I mean, politics is like sausage being made. It is unsavory, and it always has been that way, but we usually end up where we need to be. But if everybody's watching, you know, all of the back room discussions and the deals, you know, then people get a little nervous, to say the least. So, you need both a public and a private position." 

The takeaway

Clinton has a decadeslong issue with trustworthiness, and many of her issues during the general election speak to the public's lack of clarity regarding whether Clinton is all veneer or authentic. On Nov. 8, we'll have the public's answer. 

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Mathew Rodriguez

Mathew Rodriguez is a Staff Writer at Mic. He is a queer Latino New Yorker who enjoys female rappers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Flannery O'Connor. He is a former editor at TheBody.com and he is working on a memoir.

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