Hillary Clinton in hot water over ‘dead broke’ claim

By Neal McNamara | June 10, 2014

ABC report from 2000 on Clinton wealth

NewsBusters is reporting that Hillary Clinton tried to claim that she and Bill were “dead broke” when they left the White House in 2001. But news clips from that era show that the Clintons were raking it in with six-figure speaking deals, and that Hillary got an $8 million advance for writing a book. This as Hillary is in the midst of a media blitz promoting her new book, “Hard Choices.”

From Rich Noyes:

Not even Diane Sawyer could refrain from gently pushing back at former Secretary of State and prospective presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s claim that she and her husband were “dead broke” when they left the White House in January 2001. Talking about the huge fees both Clintons now rake in for speaking engagements, Sawyer wondered: “Do you think Americans are going to understand five times the median income in this country for one speech?”

But Sawyer could easily have gone to ABC’s own videotape library to show how preposterous Mrs. Clinton’s claim of poverty was. Back on December 15, 2000 — more than a month before the Clintons left the White House — ABC’s World News Tonight suggested the massive book advance for Hillary Clinton’s post-White House memoir was astonishing and perhaps corrupt for an incoming United States Senator.

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