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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke June 28, 2022

No, the Clintons and Bushes didn’t help assassinate JFK Jr.

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  • John F. Kennedy Jr. died in a plane crash in 1999. He wasn’t assassinated by the Clinton and Bush families.

With the advent of the QAnon movement, John F. Kennedy Jr., the son of former President John F. Kennedy, has emerged as an unlikely 2024 vice presidential candidate. Some QAnon believers think the younger Kennedy, who died in a plane crash in 1999, is still alive. But other theories online suggest he was murdered. 

"According to a long-time Special Forces and CIA Division 4 operative’s explosive evidence, witness testimony and his team’s suppressed and classified final report named former presidents Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Senator Hillary Clinton among others as being involved in orchestrating the assassination of JFK Jr.," a June 19 Instagram post says. 

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While former President Kennedy was assassinated, there’s no evidence to support the claim that his son also was targeted and killed. 

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We’ve previously fact-checked many claims about JFK Jr., including that he was killed to make way for Hillary Clinton to become a New York state senator instead of him. That’s wrong, and so is the suggestion in this Instagram post that she and others helped to assassinate him. 

On July 16, 1999, John F. Kennedy Jr., then the founder and publisher of George magazine, was piloting a single-engine Piper Saratoga when it plunged into the Atlantic Ocean. His wife and his sister-in-law were also in the aircraft and killed alongside Kennedy. 

The National Transportation Safety Board determined that the crash probably happened after Kennedy, who was inexperienced at flying his plane alone at night, became disoriented in haze.  

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