Hillary Clinton Getting Appointed to Replace U.S. Senator Is Fake News

By Erica Abbott

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Reports that Hillary Clinton was appointed to replace a New York senator who was indicted for fraud are false. Neither of the senators from New York resigned from the Senate, nor did Clinton fill any vacant seat.

According to Snopes, the fake claim originated on The Last Line of Defense, a website known for posting political satire and fake news. The article claimed the former Secretary of State and presidential candidate had replaced Senator Vince McCallum, who had resigned in the wake of a fraud indictment. It purported:

New York Governor Andrew Buono has taken it upon himself to send disgraced presidential candidate and career criminal Hillary Rodham Clinton back to the US Senate to replace Senator Vince McCallum, who was indicted for fraud just this morning. McCallum, who immediately resigned from the Senate, apologized to his constituents and the governor before surrendering himself to federal custody.

Under New York law, Governor Buono has the exclusive right to appoint a senator to fill the empty seat until it comes up for election, which in this case won’t be until 2020. The White House has filed an injunction in federal court to block the appointment until questions of special elections can be considered, but New York Attorney general Carlton Mendez told The New York Times that the state constitution is clear and that Cuomo is well within his rights to appoint Clinton.

It also claimed Republicans were attempting to form committees to officially investigate “30 years worth of crimes” in order to keep Clinton out of the Senate, while “the sore loser” looked forward to obstructing President Donald Trump. All the claims in the article are, of course, false. There is no truth to the names referenced, the indictment/resignation or Clinton replacing anyone in the Senate. Their disclaimer clearly states that they publish satirical stories.

Social Media Shares Fake Story about Hillary Clinton Replacing Senator

BREAKING: Hillary Clinton Appointed To Replace Disgraced US Senator https://t.co/v8AIzfkmFQ pic.twitter.com/fxHZAWNszu

— Deplorable Mary (@MaryLoveUS4) March 17, 2017

BREAKING: Hillary Clinton Appointed To Replace Disgraced US Senator https://t.co/Ig8yzeh2aV pic.twitter.com/qulHcL2DuM

— Pence&Trump (@Trump_PenceNews) March 17, 2017

BREAKING: Hillary Clinton Appointed To Replace Disgraced US Senator https://t.co/cY328mxWSq pic.twitter.com/WV95KjUFyh

— Deplorable Mary (@MaryLoveUS4) March 17, 2017

BREAKING: Hillary Clinton Appointed To Replace Disgraced US Senator https://t.co/LMFvczGDNF pic.twitter.com/WJZmB974FX

— DonaldTrumpNews (@NewssTrump) March 19, 2017

BREAKING: Hillary Clinton Appointed To Replace Disgraced US Senator https://t.co/QpeMKaXbAo pic.twitter.com/91F1O6OA1f

— Hillary Clinton News (@Hillarizer) March 17, 2017

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