Hillary Clinton claims she and her husband were “dead broke” when they left the White House. In an interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer scheduled to air on Monday night, Clinton claims she and former President Bill Clinton didn’t even have enough money to cover debts and their daughter’s education.
“We came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt,” Clinton told Sawyer. “We had no money when we got there and we struggled to, you know, piece together the resources for mortgages, for houses, for Chelsea’s education. You know, it was not easy.”
Clinton’s claims have raised some eyebrows considering that she reportedly received an $8 million advance for her memoir “Living History” just before she left the White House and a 1999 tax return shows her husband made $416,039 in one of his last years as president. The Clintons also reportedly bought two homes, one in Washington, D.C., and one in Chappaqua, New York, according to Time.
An NPR report suggests the power couple made $109 million from 2000 to 2007 due mostly to speaking engagements and book deals, NPR reported. Bill Clinton has reportedly earned $106 million on his own from speaking fees since he left the White House, according to a CNN report.
Further, Hillary Clinton has reportedly earned $5 million in the last 15 months. She is believed to charge $200,000 for every speaking appearance.
Hillary Clinton’s interview with Diane Sawyer is scheduled to air on Monday at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.