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Tom Kertscher
By Tom Kertscher July 13, 2020

No, Hillary Clinton is not on trial for the murder of a 10-year-old girl

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This claim is fabricated. Clinton is not on trial for any crime.

A lengthy, emoji-laden Facebook post begins with this claim:

"Did y’all know 🤔 that Hillary Clinton 🧑🏻‍🦳 is on trial ⚖️ she suppose to have killed 🔪 and tortured 🔪 ⛓🩸 a little 10yr old girl 👧🏻 💀 on video 🎥 🍿 that’s why she deleted over 30,000 😦 of her emails."

The post only gets more outrageous, with claims such as nine police officers who investigated the case and found a video of the crime "ended up dead." Then it goes off on myriad tangents.

The post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)

Needless to say, there would have been massive news coverage, long before any trial, of such a crime and Clinton being implicated in it. There has been none.

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"This is categorically false, and Facebook should take it down," Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill told PolitiFact.

In June, we rated False a claim that the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee was on trial over the 2012 terror attack in Benghazi, Libya, while Clinton was secretary of state. A court hearing was held on whether Clinton should be forced to give a deposition in a lawsuit that is seeking emails and other records regarding the attack, which killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.

As for the 30,000 emails, as we’ve reported

Clinton exclusively used a private email address while serving as secretary of state from 2009-13. Because she didn’t use the government email system, the State Department didn’t have her emails on hand when the House Select Committee on Benghazi asked to see them. So in 2014, Clinton’s lawyers combed through her private server and turned over about 30,000 work-related emails to the State Department and deleted the rest, which Clinton said were about personal matters. 

An employee managing her server deleted 33,000 of Clinton’s emails. The FBI found no evidence that the emails were deleted deliberately to avoid any subpoena or other requests.

The statement is false and ridiculous. We rate it Pants on Fire.

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