Top 10 Most Corrupt U.S. Presidents

The Top Ten
1 Richard Nixon Richard Milhous Nixon was the 37th President of the United States from 1969 until his resignation in 1974, the only president to resign from office. He had previously served as the 36th Vice President of the United States from 1953 to 1961, and prior to that as a U.S. Representative and also Senator from California.

Really, the gold standard of corruption in office. Until Trump. In retrospect, Nixon was merely Trump Lite.

Poor Dick. It wasn't so much the theft at Watergate as the damning evidence of him willing to cover it up.

Started the decline. Before him the recent president were relatively clean

2 Warren G. Harding Warren Gamaliel Harding was the 29th President of the United States, serving from March 4, 1921 until his death in 1923.

He got away with the Teapot dome scandal but others went to prison.

3 Donald Trump Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is an American businessman, television personality, politician, and the 45th President of the United States. Born and raised in Queens, New York City, Donald J Trump received an economics degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1968. In 1971, Donald Trump took charge of his family's real estate and construction firm, Elizabeth Trump & Son, which was later rebranded as The Trump Organization. During his career as a businessman, Donald Trump has built, renovated, and managed numerous office towers, hotels, casinos, and golf courses. He owned the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants from 1996 to 2015, and has lent the use of his more.

He lies oh, then he lies about lying! He stole from the US government! He used his private businesses to Bilk the taxpayers out of millions of dollars! He is mean spirited and he's very divisive! He is a bully!

The only swamp that is draining is his own kingdom. Members of his staff who have morals are running from this President. Teflon Don surrounds himself with a pack of lawyers and every day since he has been in office there has been drama. No different than popular gangsters who exercise their power legitimate or not, including tax evasion. The very same corruption Rudy fought against as prosecutor and mayor of NYC.

Republicans say they are picking on him since his election. They forgot the roadblocks they put President Obama through beginning his first day in office. They forgot how President Clinton's poor discretion and lie was merely a "cleansing of the white house."

Trump lies everyday, but is smart enough never to testify and always finding a diversion. They was he addresses the nation I often wonder if his dad paid to get him into college and adjust his SAT scores. If so that would be "very, very bad."

Any government employee would be fired for less ethical ...more

Guilty on emoluments. Guilty on conspiracy for involving Giuliani in the Ukraine fiasco. Guilty of violating several clauses of the 1971 Federal Elections Campaign Act for directly asking Zelensky for a favor. Doesn't even require a quid pro quo, but by then holding back the defense funds, added bribery and misappropriation of funds to the violations of that campaign act. Guilty of obstruction of justice at least 4 times related to the Mueller probe. Undoubtedly the greatest liar ever to occupy the White House. Has allowed his children to use the power of the White House to gain favor in China. Had Rick Perry lobby the Ukraine to get business friends of Trump appointed to the board of the Ukraine natural gas company, for profit. Has made Russia the greater power in Eastern Europe and the Mideast. It will a long time before we have allies in that part of the world. The first amendment of the constitution guarantees freedom of the press. By condemning the press for protecting the United ...more

Easily the most corrupt president in history, his entire presidency was a scam to avoid prison for his thefts disguised as business dealings and was a tool to advance his own personality cult and ego. Known for his not so thinly veiled lies and refusal to take responsibility for his handling of the 2020 pandemic response that killed thousands of Americans, he was also guilty of nepotism as several of his immediate family members also profited off Trump's presidency with their positions despite a total lack of qualifications (much like Trump himself).

4 Andrew Johnson Andrew Johnson was the 17th President of the United States, serving from 1865 to 1869. Johnson became president as he was vice president at the time of the assassination of [Abraham Lincoln].

Sinks to #2 after Trump, who will easily be #1 as most corrupt.

5 Barack Obama Barack Hussein Obama II (born August 4, 1961) is an American politician who served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. He was the first African-American president of the United States. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served as a U.S. senator from Illinois from 2005 to 2008 and as an Illinois state senator from 1997 to 2004.

Really? Does the public really need an explanation why Obama is one of the worse Presidents ever in US History? Secret Emails, arming enemies, dividing country, obummercare, secret investments, targeting conservatives with IRS, fired many whistleblowers who exposed corruption and criminal acts (Amtrak, ATF and Americorps inspectors) bribery to get reelected, lied to Americans about insurance to promote Obummercare, the list can go on and on.

Gave arms, munitions, funds, support for our enemies...cost the lives of countless American soldiers with possibly the most scandals and worst presidential performance record in history...gdp...While spending more the ALL the other presidents combined...never fulfilling even one campaign promise ass those he claims where all schemes to rob the American people remember "You like your doctor, you can keep your doctor." or perhaps his comment to the Russian diplomate "After my next election I'll be more flexible" while help facilitating the Uranium One deal...Truly a President I believe should be stripped of his honors and executed for high treason...

Barack Hussein Obama entered office with a net-worth of less than $250,000 and left office 8 years later worth over 1 billion dollars. Since his yearly salary was less than $200,000 a year, how could an honest person make so much money so quickly? As a President he weaponized the IRS and other departments against his foes, just like any honest and trustworthy person would do. Being a crook came naturally since all of his earlier life, college, early jobs and anything he did in politics are sealed and no one seems to remember him until elected into the House. Honest people tend to have a history, but corrupt, well this is the Obama story.

He was a disgrace to our great country, apologized to our enemies, created the terror group ISIS. Funded our enemies, left Americans to die in Benghazi. More than doubled our national debt. Caused excessive racial division. Attacked the men in blue and first responders. Single-handedly destroyed the greatest health care in the world. Arrogantly ignored the Constitution. Allowed weapons from the U.S. to pass into the hands of suspected gun smugglers so the arms could be traced to the higher echelons of Mexican drug cartels. I could go on for hours, but I think you get the message.

6 John Tyler John Tyler was the tenth President of the United States. He was also, briefly, the tenth Vice President, elected to that office on the 1840 Whig ticket with William Henry Harrison.
7 George W. Bush George Walker Bush is an American politician and businessman who was born in July 6, 1946. He served as the 43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2009 and 46th Governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000. He is the eldest son of Barbara and George H. W.

Less corrupt and more not-so-bright.

8 Lyndon Johnson Lyndon Baines Johnson, often referred to as LBJ, was the 36th President of the United States from 1963 to 1969, assuming the office after serving as the 37th Vice President of the United States under President John F. Kennedy. He helped many Americans with the Civil Rights Act, although many Americans didn't like him because they blamed him for Vietnam.

This guy was the architect of the JFK assassination just so he could become president and pander to the military industrial complex by vastly increasing the American presence in Vietnam. One of the least trustworthy people (after Trump) to ever sit in the Oval office.

There at the right time. Did little for race relations although it looks like he did. Heavy on the Mafia relations, this guy was a snake.

Surpasses all of the rest by a mile for pure, unbridled greed and corruption.

Sorry my wife says we didn't mean him.

9 Ronald Reagan Ronald Wilson Reagan (1911-2004) was an American politician and actor who was 40th President of the United States from 1981 to 1989 . Prior to his presidency, he was the 33rd Governor of California from 1967 to 1975, following a career as a Hollywood actor and union leader until his death in 2004

Reagan killed tens of thousands, personally extended and expanded the AIDS epidemic, and committed treason many times, the worst being arming Iran and replacing democratically elected governments with criminals all over the planet. He gets my vote.

More a figurehead than a leader, Reagan's time in office was marked by repeated scandals, a corrupt AG in Edwin Meese and a domineering wife who based her decisions on US policy on the soothsaying of mediums.

War on drugs was a sham to privatize prisons and incarcerate people of color. A hypocrit doctor demento .

10 Bill Clinton William Jefferson Clinton (Born August 19th 1946) is an American politician who was the 42nd President of the United States. He previously served as governor of Arkansas. He became president after unseating incumbent president George H.W. Bush in 1992. He was re-elected in 1996 after defeating Senator Bob Dole. A member of the Democratic Party, Clinton was ideologically a New Democrat and many of his policies reflected a centrist "Third Way" political philosophy. more.

Can you imagine if Hillary got elected? She'd be following her husband and Obama's leaderships. American would be devasted and our society would be screwed.

Famous for having people "Arkancided", his list of dirty deeds is truly spectacular. When it comes to corruption, he makes Kim Jong UN look like a novice.

Layers of corruption, mostly self-serving, Clinton can still be thought of having America's back.

Charismatic, and a true politician, not a bad president but a lot of speculation about corruption, just look at the allegations, too powerful, where there is smoke there usually is fire

The Contenders
11 James Buchanan James Buchanan, Jr. was the 15th President of the United States, serving immediately prior to the American Civil War.
12 Andrew Jackson Andrew Jackson was an American statesman who served as the seventh President of the United States from 1829 to 1837 . He was born near the end of the colonial era, somewhere near the then-unmarked border between North and South Carolina, into a recently immigrated Scots-Irish farming family of relatively modest means.

Slaughtered Native American men women and child with out remorse.

13 Ulysses S. Grant Ulysses S. Grant was an American soldier and statesman who served as Commanding General of the Army and the 18th President of the United States, the highest positions in the military and the government of the United States.

He's second, but incredibly better than number 1.

14 Joe Biden Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. (born November 20, 1942) is an American politician who is the 46th and current president of the United States. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as the 47th vice president from 2009 to 2017 under Barack Obama and represented Delaware in the United States Senate from 1973 to 2009. more.

Just a Obama clone, that can't think fast and lie as fast.

15 Woodrow Wilson Thomas Woodrow Wilson was an American politician and academic who served as the 28th President of the United States from 1913 to 1921. Born in Staunton, Virginia, he spent his early years in Augusta, Georgia and Columbia, South Carolina.
16 Jimmy Carter James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr. (born October 1, 1924) is an American politician and author who served as the 39th President of the United States from 1977 to 1981. In 2002, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work with the Carter Center.

Not really corrupt by comparison to most, it may be that his total incompetence is being confused with corruption; he was simply unable to do the job.

The most disingenuous fake in modern times.

17 Herbert Hoover Herbert Clark Hoover was an American engineer, businessman and politician who served as the 31st President of the United States from 1929 to 1933 during the Great Depression.
18 Franklin Pierce Franklin Pierce was the 14th President of the United States. Pierce was a northern Democrat who saw the abolitionist movement as a fundamental threat to the unity of the nation.
19 Theodore Roosevelt Theodore Roosevelt was an American statesman, author, explorer, soldier, naturalist, and reformer who served as the 26th President of the United States from 1901 to 1909. As a leader of the Republican Party during this time, he became a driving force for the Progressive Era in the United States in the early 20th century.
20 George H. W. Bush George Herbert Walker Bush (June 12, 1924 - November 30, 2018) was an American politician who served as the 41st President of the United States from 1989 to 1993. Prior to assuming the presidency, Bush served as the 43rd Vice President of the United States under Ronald Reagan from 1981 to 1989.
21 George Washington George Washington (February 22, 1732– December 14, 1799) was an American military officer, statesman, and Founding Father who served as the first president of the United States from 1789 to 1797. Appointed by the Continental Congress as commander of the Continental Army, Washington led the Patriot forces to victory in the American Revolutionary War and served as the president of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, which created the Constitution of the United States and the American federal government. Washington has been called the "Father of the Nation" for his manifold leadership in the formative days of the country.

Supporter and president in charge of the Slave Trade. Not only did the Slave Trade hurt the Africans, but it also hurt the churches.

22 William Howard Taft William Howard Taft served as the 27th President of the United States and as the tenth Chief Justice of the United States, the only person to have held both offices.
23 John Quincy Adams John Quincy Adams (July 11, 1767 – February 23, 1848) was an American statesman who served as the sixth President of the United States from 1825 to 1829 at the peak of a political career during which he served in various capacities as diplomat, United States Senator, United States Secretary of State, and U.S. Representative from Massachusetts.
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