Fact Check: U.S. Military Did NOT Convict Chelsea Clinton On Charges Of Child Trafficking

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  • by: Marlo Lee
Fact Check: U.S. Military Did NOT Convict Chelsea Clinton On Charges Of Child Trafficking Hogwash Site

Did the U.S. military convict Chelsea Clinton of child trafficking children from Haiti? No, that's not true: An on-duty Pentagon officer told Lead Stories that this claim was "Not true." This claim is a follow-up to another fabriacted article from Real Raw News -- which says on its website that it contains "humor, parody and satire" -- claiming that the Army's Delta Force arrested both Chelsea Clinton and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, in late September. Military prosecution of a civilian on criminal charges would violate the federal law that prohibits the interference of federal troops in domestic justice systems.

The claim appeared in an article published by Real Raw News on October 31, 2021, titled "Military Convicts Chelsea Clinton" (archived here) which opened:

Marc Mezvinsky's testimony resumed Thursday morning, and his remarks helped slammed shut Chelsea Clinton's proverbial coffin. Rear Adm. Crandall opened the day by asking Mezvinsky about the 3 Haitian children who were passengers in Chelsea's rented Mercedes at the time of her arrest.

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Military Convicts Chelsea Clinton - Real Raw News

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(Source: Real Raw News screenshot taken on Tues Nov 2 14:27:56 2021 UTC)

In an November 2, 2021, email, the Pentagon told us this claim was "not true."

This article follows a previous one also published by Real Raw News on September 19, 2021, claiming that Chelsea Clinton had been stopped by Delta Force members along with her husband and with multiple Haitian children in her possession. Both the U.S. Army and the Pentagon said the claim is untrue. Lead Stories published a story titled, "Fact Check: Delta Force Did NOT Arrest Chelsea Clinton," debunking that Real Raw News claim.

Lead Stories emailed The Clinton Foundation also concerning the latest Real Raw News claim, and will update this story if a reply is received.

Real Raw News has a long history of publishing false claims in mock news stories, many of them about arrests, convictions and executions of various public figures at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. For example, the site reported former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was hanged (she wasn't); former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta was executed (he wasn't); and that "the military" convicted former Attorney General William Barr on charges of treason (it didn't).

The website for Real Raw News includes a disclaimer that warns readers not to take its content too seriously. Specifically, it says:

Information on this website is for informational and educational and entertainment purposes. This website contains humor, parody, and satire. We have included this disclaimer for our protection, on the advice on legal counsel.

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(Source: RealRawNews.com screenshot taken Tue Aug 3 16:39:48 UTC 2021)

Lead Stories has covered claims published by Real Raw News in the past. Previous Lead Stories debunks of Real Raw News items is collected here.

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Marlo Lee is a fact checker at Lead Stories. She is a graduate of Howard University with a B.S. in Biology. Her interest in fact checking started in college, when she realized how important it became in American politics. She lives in Maryland.

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