Chelsea Clinton Slams Fake Story About Malia Obama

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Chelsea Clinton has come to Malia Obama's defense, calling a false story about the 19-year-old being questioned in an FBI probe "loathsome."

"Loathsome. Just loathsome," wrote Chelsea in a tweet, sharing a ShareBlue piece about the false story. "Please leave Malia alone to lead her own life & keep her out of your (shameful) agenda!"

The story in question was a report by The Globe that claimed Malia had been questioned in an FBI investigation after she worked as a summer intern for the Weinstein Company, People reports. The article went on to say that while the FBI hasn't questioned the older daughter of former president Barack Obama, an unnamed source said that "agents want to grill Malia in a hush-hush deposition."

The ShareBlue article shared by Chelsea reports that American Media, the company behind tabloids including The Globe and The National Enquirer, has published false stories about former president Barack Obama, former first lady Michelle Obama, and former presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

The ShareBlue piece also described American Media's CEO, David J. Pecker, as "Trump's tabloid crony."

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ShareBlue described the story about Malia as "thinly-sourced." There has reportedly not been any indication that Malia will be questioned by the FBI about alleged sexual misconduct by producer Harvey Weinstein.

Chelsea has previously defended President Donald Trump's son, Barron, 11, criticizing the media for invading the boy's privacy, according to Elite Daily.

"It's high time the media & everyone leave Barron Trump alone & let him have the private childhood he deserves," Chelsea tweeted on Aug. 21.

"Thank you [Chelsea Clinton]," tweeted First Lady Melania Trump in response. "So important to support all of our children in being themselves!"

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Chelsea had also tweeted in January about allowing Barron to have his privacy, reports Mashable.

"Barron Trump deserves the chance every child does - to be a kid," wrote the daughter of former president Bill Clinton. "Standing up for every kid also means opposing [Donald Trump's] policies that hurt kids."

The Globe story is not the first false news story published about Malia. One story, published Nov. 4 by a site called The Last Line of Defense, claimed that Malia had been among 10 "antifa" members arrested for assaulting an elderly woman in Massachusetts, Newsweek reports. The story was debunked by fact-checking site Snopes.

Other fake news stories centering on Malia included one claiming that she had been arrested for buying 6 pounds of marijuana and another that said the elder Obama daughter had been fired from an internship at the Spanish Embassy for smoking pot on the job. Some of the false stories included images that were edited to appear as if they were mugshots of Malia.

Sources: People, Elite Daily, ShareBlue, Newsweek, MashableSnopes (2) / Featured Image: Lorie Shaull/Flickr / Embedded Images: Embajado de Estados Unidos en Bolivia/Flickr, U.S. Embassy Jakarta/Flickr

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