Hillary Clinton has clinched the Democratic presidential nomination, but will voters be able to forget her record filled with scandals, shady characters, and lies? RadarOnline.com takes an in-depth look at the controversies that could end her campaign.
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Email Scandal: The 2016 presidential campaign put Clinton's email server under bright lights, making many voters question whether the candidate could be trusted. The scandal centered on whether the former secretary of state knowingly sent classified information through her private email sever. After a year-long investigation, FBI Director James Comey decided not to prosecute Clinton, even though the bureau revealed that Clinton sent and received more than 100 emails that contained classified information. Comey said in a statement that there was no "clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information."
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Benghazi: The 2012 attack on a U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, has been one of the most noteworthy scandals to threaten Clinton's election bid. Clinton allegedly claimed the attack that killed four Americans was incited by a video mocking Islam. It was later proven to be a terrorist attack, not a spontaneous protest. Clinton has since faced severe backlash from a Benghazi victim's mother who felt Clinton could have saved her son's life.
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The Clinton Foundation: Numerous irregularities and inconsistencies have been discovered in the Clinton Foundation's tax records over the years. Radar previously reported one financial analyst's claims that the Clintons could have used their philanthropic organization to bypass federal and state regulations.
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Bosnia: During her 2008 Presidential campaign, Clinton claimed she landed in Bosnia "under sniper fire" in 1996. The Washington Post later debunked the story as false, saying "Had Hillary Clinton's plane come 'under sniper fire' in March 1996, we would certainly have heard about it long before now."
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Gay Marriage Flip -lopping: In 1996, Clinton supported the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a federal law defining marriage as being between a man and woman. In 2002, when Clinton served as a New York senator, she told Chris Matthews she did not support legalizing gay marriage for her state, according to The Daily Caller. But after exiting her position as secretary of state in 2013, Clinton publicly stated her support for same sex marriage in a video for the Human Rights Campaign and recently defended her DOMA support, saying, in an interview with Rachel Maddow, that her backing of DOMA was a "defensive action" to stop the Republican-led momentum that could have banned gay marriage entirely.
White House Debt? Clinton once said she "came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt." In a 2014 interview with Diane Sawyer the presidential candidate said "We had no money when we got there, and we struggled to piece together the resources for mortgages for houses, for Chelsea's education. It was not easy." Politifact called her out on the claim reporting, "A few weeks before they left the White House, the Clintons were able to muster a cash down payment of $855,000 and secure a $1.995 million mortgage."
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Big Spender: A presidential campaign can be pricey for any candidate, but Clinton has spared no expense, sporting a $1,645 Alexander McQueen handbag, blocking New York City traffic for a $600 haircut, and spending more than $9,000 on pizza. In addition into those high costs, she has put down more than $2 million on private jets from June 2015 to January 2016, according to The Washington Free Beacon.
Lavish Celeb Fundraisers: Clinton has made no secret of her A-list friends. Tickets to attend a Clinton fundraiser hosted by George Clooney and wife Amal in April were priced at up to $353,400 for couples and $33,400 for singles.
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Bill's Sex Scandal Cover-Up: Donald Trump said Hillary was an "enabler" of Bill's many reported trysts. "Some of those women were destroyed not by him, but by the way that Hillary Clinton treated them after everything went down," Trump claimed.
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Suspicious Death: Vince Foster was Deputy White House Counsel and a friend to Hillary before and during Bill's first term in the White House. But then Foster died mysteriously in 1993, and though the death was ruled a suicide, rumors spread that he was allegedly involved in an affair with Hillary, WND reported. Trump said the death was "fishy."
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Friend With Benefits: Radar previously reported that Clinton gave Muhammad Yunus, a longtime friend of Bill's and someone who was accused of corruption, at least $13 million in grants, contracts, and loans. Yunus denied any wrongdoing.
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Gun Control: The Democratic presidential nominee has lobbied for stricter gun control laws and Donald Trump even called her "the most anti-gun, anti-Second Amendment candidate ever to run for office," according to The New York Times. But a recent tell-all, Crisis of Character revealed Clinton not only liked shooting guns, but she showed a "maniacal" thrill for them.
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DNC Leaks: The most recent scandal to plague Clinton's campaign has been the Wikileaks release of thousands of secret Democratic National Committee emails that suggest the DNC "rigged" the election in favor of Clinton — sacrificing party opponent Bernie Sanders in the process.