FACT CHECK: Did Rand Paul Say Hillary Clinton ‘Must Be Locked Up’?

Christine Sellers | Fact Check Reporter

A video shared on Facebook purports Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul said former Secretary of State and former Democratic 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton “must be locked up.”

Verdict: False

The video’s caption is inaccurate. The almost six-minute video features a clip of Paul questioning Clinton about a terror attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya during a 2013 Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.

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Paul recently released a campaign ad highlighting transgender athletes playing on girls’ and women’s sports teams, Fox News reported. Featured in the ad is University of Kentucky swimmer Riley Gaines who has competed against transgender swimmer Lia Thomas, according to the outlet.

The Facebook video, viewed 24,000 times, claims Paul said Clinton “must be locked up.” “‘You Must Be Locked Up’ – Watch 𝐒𝐞𝐧. Rand Paul 𝐑𝐢𝐩 Hillary Clinton 𝐭𝐨 𝐒𝐡𝐫𝐞𝐝𝐬,” the video’s caption reads.

The video’s caption is inaccurate. There are no credible news reports to support the claim. Likewise, the claim is not mentioned on either Paul or Clinton’s verified social media pages or their respective websites.

The almost six-minute video features a clip of Paul questioning Clinton about a terror attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya during a 2013 Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.

In the clip, Paul asks Clinton if the U.S. is involved with transferring weapons from Libya to Turkey after noting the “inexcusable leadership failures” that led to the 2012 attack in Benghazi. Clinton responds that she is not aware of any potential transferring of weapons.
Later in the clip, Paul cites the lack of military guards for the U.S. embassy in Benghazi as another failure that prompted the attack. Clinton responds that a review board is analyzing the terror attack, and its findings will be shared as they become available. (RELATED: Was Hillary Clinton Indicted After Rand Paul Revealed ‘Evidence’?)
Check Your Fact has contacted Paul and Clinton spokespersons for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received.

Christine Sellers

Fact Check Reporter

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