No, Hillary Clinton did not lose $6 billion at the State Department

Politifact has already labeled Trump’s claim ‘pants on fire.’

Donald Trump repeated an accusation that Hillary Clinton lost $6 billion at the State Department. She did not.

A 2014 alert by the department’s inspector general found found that over the previous six years, his office found “contracts with a total value of $6 billion in which contact files were incomplete or could not be located at all.” This included 2008, when George W. Bush was president and Condoleezza Rice was secretary of state, and 2013, when John Kerry had replaced Clinton.

Indeed, the Washington Post’s fact-checker noted that “easily two-thirds, or perhaps more, concerned contracts that predated Clinton’s tenure at State.”

In a clarification sent to the Washington Post after right-wing news sites incorrectly claimed that the money had been “lost” on Clinton’s watch, Inspector General Steve Linick noted, “Some have concluded based on this that $6 billion is missing. The alert, however, did not draw that conclusion.” Rather, the report dealt with incomplete record-keeping.


The Washington Post gave the claim “four Pinocchios,” and when Trump’s legal counsel Michael Cohen tweeted this and other false claims about Clinton, Politifact gave it a “pants on fire.”