By Shawn Rice
U.S. Representative Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) ordering the disinterment of Vince Foster, who was an associate of Hillary Clinton and died in 1993, was a fake story. Gowdy did not issue an order requesting the body of Foster to be exhumed. Rather, the story originated with a hoax news site.
Specifically, The Last Line of Defense published the story on March 21, 2017 that reported that Gowdy arranged for Foster’s body to be exhumed as part of an investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. You can read some of the fake story below.
“For the first time in history, a US Congressman has asked that a body be exhumed in connection with an investigation by a House intelligence committee. Judge Harmon Watson agreed to issue the order for a work crew in Fairfax, Virginia to exhume the body of Vince Foster for autopsy.
The order came just minutes after evidence turned up in the case of a murdered reporter who had an “if anything ever happens to me” letter delivered to his publication that implicated Hillary Clinton in a 23-year-old crime, which put it right around the time of Foster’s supposed “suicide.”
Foster’s body has already been removed from the ground and is currently being transferred to the Naval Hospital in Norfolk to undergo an autopsy to look for a very specific cause of death. That information is being kept a closely guarded secret for now by Gowdy and the other federal prosecutors, since only the killer would know.”
According to Snopes, Foster took his own life on July 20, 1993 but the circumstances surrounding his death in part formed the basis of long-circulating conspiracy theories that Clinton associates were often found dead under mysterious circumstances. This led to much speculation during Clinton’s presidential run. However, Foster’s death was ruled a suicide in multiple investigations.
Here are some examples on social media of people sharing the fake news article.
HILLIARY CLINTON’s…ex – Lover..VINCE FOSTER Body was just Exhumed or Dug Up!…Well there’s OVER 100 More… https://t.co/qZgudCkVke
— Andre Brantley (@AndreBrantley) March 23, 2017
Trey Gowdy Orders Body To Be Exhumed In Connection With Hillary Clinton Case-https://t.co/dPAcKwS3oc
WHOA! Vince Foster exhumed! YES!
— Razz Berry (@MistressRazz) March 23, 2017
Trump N The HouseCongressman Trey Gowdy Has Asked Judge Harman Watson 2 Issue Order 4 ‘The Body Of Vince Foster 2B Exhumed 4 An Autopsy!’
— Patricia Herrera (@Patrici69448532) March 23, 2017
— White Hat (@Dimplenut) March 23, 2017
Trey Gowdy Just Had A Federal Judge Issue An Order To Exume Vince Foster! https://t.co/s7HsqA90mH via @https://twitter.com/USPoliticsToday
— faxxmaxx (@tuckman_andrea) March 23, 2017
— Concerned American (@zzzertweet) March 22, 2017
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