Hillary Clinton’s Investigators Gone Missing Forces Trey Gowdy Into Protective Custody Is Fake News
By Shawn Rice
U.S. Representative Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) Trey Gowdy being forced into protective custody after two investigators looking into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton went missing is fake news. There is no truth to the story that Gowdy is now in hiding due to the mysterious deaths of people investigating Clinton.
Where did this fake news article originate? In April 2017, the entertainment web site The Last Line of Defense published a series of false articles concerning Gowdy, a criminal investigation into former Clinton, and multiple mysterious deaths.
The only truth to the matter is that Gowdy is the chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi who faced off against Clinton in 2016 during an eight-hour hearing on the attack on a U.S. consulate and a CIA compound in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012, when Clinton was Secretary of State. From that incident, there have been multiple conspiracy theories regarding people around Clinton suddenly dying.
Just the other day, it was falsely reported by the same site that Clinton’s assistant Johnston Wilson (J.W.) McGill died under mysterious circumstances before he was to testify about Benghazi. The Last Line of Defense has also published at least two other fake news articles on the topic. One claimed that two of Trey Gowdy’s investigators were found dead in Arkansas, while a second claimed that Gowdy had been forced into hiding.
Here are some examples of people sharing the fake news on social media.
— Ghost of Andrew (@Gl0balJustice) April 24, 2017
— Frank Rizzo (@King_Hucklebuck) April 24, 2017
— Join the Trump Train (@loriboud) April 25, 2017
If this is true, they better be GOOD at their jobs, becauae this is the guy to find where the bodies are buried!
— chocomama29 (@alwaysthemama) April 24, 2017
All of these stories are fictional, according to Snopes. In addition to being published on a fake news site, there were several other reasons to concluded the items were false. The article claiming that two of Gowdy’s investigators were found dead in Arkansas included two images from an unrelated event.
The first image (left) was taken from an ABC News video about a “body farm” in Tennessee where researchers studied the decomposition of corpses. The second image (right) was taken in 2014 and shows authorities removing the body of Arnis Zalkalns, the suspected killer of Alice Cross who took his own life, from the woods in West London.
The rumor that Gowdy was “forced into protective custody” also could not be true considering the politician’s recent appearances. On April 24, 2017, Gowdy Go to the full article.