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Secret Service Pays the Clintons' Mortgage
Netlore Archive:  Are Bill and Hillary Clinton collecting rent from the Secret Service agents who protect them to cover the mortgage on their New York residence?

Description:  Email rumor
Circulating since:  Nov. 2000
Status:  False
Analysis:  See below

Email text contributed by C. Scammon, 29 Nov. 2000:

Just in case your blood pressure wasn't up enough....

As you know, the Clintons had to establish residence in New York for Hillary to run for the Senate. So they bought that big house -- BUT there was no place for Secret Service which has statuary responsibility to protect the First Family.

So, a special 'safe area' was built.

NOW, the Clintons are charging them rent! It just happens that their rent is about same amount as their mortgage payment! SO, we taxpayers pay for the Secret Service addition, AND the Clinton's mortgage.

Perfectly legal.

What will it take for the American public to wake up.

Comments:  Evidently I'm not the only one receiving queries about veracity of this email-borne parcel of moral outrage. Here's an excerpt from Lloyd Grove's column in the Washington Post, January 12, 2001:

After angry callers kept insisting that the Secret Service is paying enough rent to Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton (for space on their property in Chappaqua, N.Y.) to underwrite the Clintons' mortgage, we checked with the agency that protects presidents, former presidents and their families. Secret Service spokesman Jim Mackin told us that the agency is paying the Clintons only around $1,100 a month — a figure based on a government formula and the standard arrangement in such situations.

But wait, there's more. After a bit of fact-checking, the Post amended its story the next day:

A Secret Service representative misspoke in the Reliable Source in the Jan. 12 Style section. The Clintons are entitled to collect rent from the agency for space at their Chappaqua, N.Y., home but have declined the payments of about $1,100 a month, said White House press secretary Jake Siewert.

Nobody's perfect.

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