Fact Check

No, Hillary Clinton Wasn't Convicted for Murder By Military Tribunal

Clinton is the frequent target of online hoaxes and conspiracy theories.

Published April 20, 2021

SWANSEA, WALES - NOVEMBER 15: Hillary Clinton, Former First Lady and U.S. Secretary of State, speaks during a visit to Swansea University on November 15, 2019 in Swansea, Wales. The event, inspired by Hillary Clintons latest publication, The Book of Gutsy Women, written with her daughter Chelsea, saw her join a panel to debate the challenges facing women today. The discussion was hosted by Sky TV presenter Anna Jones and included the Dean of the Universitys School of Law, Professor Elwen Evans, Welsh Education Minister Kirsty Williams and academic Professor Laura McAllister. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images) (Matthew Horwood / Getty Images)
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Hillary Clinton was convicted on multiple charges in a military tribunal.

On April 16, 2021, the conspiratorial website Real Raw News reported that former U.S. Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had been convicted by a military tribunal on a multitude of charges including "charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, accessory to murder, child trafficking, endangering a minor, treason, and sedition."

The article is completely fabricated. The falsehoods include the overall claim that Clinton has been on trial in a military tribunal to specific quotes contained in the article attributed to Clinton's long-time aide Huma Abedin and U.S. Navy JAG Corps Vice Admiral John Hannink.

The article falsely states that Clinton was sentenced to capital punishment, which would be carried out on April 26, 2021.

The U.S. Department of Defense told LeadStories that the story was fabricated. Additionally, Clinton had been making public appearances during the time that she was supposedly being tried. She spoke remotely during an event held by Queens University Belfast on April 15, 2021, for example, and gave another interview on April 13 to Rappler.com. In both cases, she appeared to be speaking from her home.

This claim appears to be part of the QAnon conspiracy cult, whose followers believe that various high-profile entertainment and Democratic political figures like Clinton are running a cannibalistic pedophilia ring, and that former U.S. President Donald Trump is secretly machinating behind the scenes to thwart them.

The QAnon conspiracy infamously sets dates for which its adherents expect the villains in the story to be arrested but those dates come and go with no such climactic events.

The Real Raw News story folds in several other conspiracy theories known as Clinton Body Bags, which baselessly posits that Clinton's husband, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, has systematically murdered people who hold incriminating evidence about him.

Bethania Palma is a journalist from the Los Angeles area who started her career as a daily newspaper reporter and has covered everything from crime to government to national politics. She has written for ... read more

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