George Stephanopoulos Annhilates “Clinton Cash” Author Peter Schweizer on “This Week”

'Clinton Cash' Author Peter Schweizer Can't Answer if Clintons Committed Crime

‘Clinton Cash’ Author Peter Schweizer Can’t Say if Clintons Committed Crime

Clinton Cash” author Peter Schweizer could not answer George Stephanopoulos question about whether or not Hillary Clinton or the Clinton Foundation committed any crimes with regard to the foreign donations it accepted and whether she broke the law during her tenure as Secretary of State. Yeah, Stephanopoulos annhilated Schweizer, but I am sure the right wing machine won’t back down on his claims. They’ll run with it to their peril.

This comes following failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s claims that the Clintons may have committed “bribery.” Pretty strong words from someone who engaged in some shady behavior too.

Here’s a partial transcript from ABC News’ “This Week” that aired on Sunday:

STEPHANOPOULOS: But you take it pretty far. You write that, “The pattern of behavior is troubling enough to warrant further investigation by law enforcement officers.

SCHWEIZER: Correct.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Do you have any evidence that a crime may have been committed?

SCHWEIZER: Well, I think it’s — if you look at a couple of recent examples. For example, Governor McConnell down in Virginia, or you look at Senator Menendez, in these cases, you didn’t have evidence of a quid pro quo. What you had was funds flowing to elected officials, some of them gifts, some of them campaign contributions and actions that were being taken by those public officials that seemed to benefit the contributors.

Certainly, I think it warrants investigation. What that investigation will reveal, we’ll see.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But a criminal investigation?

SCHWEIZER: Well, we’ll see. I mean that’s what the Governor McConnell has faced and that’s what Menendez has faced.

SCHWEIZER: And I think the evidence here is far more widespread in terms of repeated action than there were in those two instances.

[..]

STEPHANOPOULOS: We’ve done investigative work here at ABC News, found no proof of any kind of direct action. And an independent government ethics expert, Bill Allison, of the Sunline Foundation (ph), wrote this. He said, “There’s no smoking gun, no evidence that she changed the policy based on donations to the foundation.”

No smoking gun.

Is there a smoking gun?

SCHWEIZER: Yes. The smoking gun is in the pattern of behavior. And here’s the analogy I would give you. It’s a little bit like insider trading. I wrote a book on Congressional insider trading a couple of years ago and talked with prosecutors.

Let’s sit back and watch the Republican freak-out over the Clinton Foundation’s so-called donation scandal backfire. They always shoot themselves in the foot. The fact that every allegation put forth in the book has been struck down.

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Mitt Romney on Clinton Foundation Scandal: “It Looks Like Bribery”

Mitt Romney on Clinton Foundation Scandal: "It Looks Like Bribery"

Mitt Romney on Clinton Foundation Scandal: “It Looks Like Bribery”

Clinton Foundation scandal: “Looks like bribery”

The right wing has found its talking points on the Clinton Foundation foreign donation scandal. Failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney weighed in saying, “I was stunned by it. I mean, it looks like bribery.” He may be right, but scandal surrounding his tenure at Bain Capital disqualifies him from giving his two cents. He sounds bitter more than anything.

The New York Times released a scathing investigative piece that showed from 2009 to 2013, under her watch at the Department of State, deals were approved that gave Russia’s atomic energy agency control over “one-fifth of all uranium production in the United States.” In exchange for those deals, the Clinton Foundation got thousands of dollars. Ryu Spaeth reports “the Canadian magnates behind the deal had donated tens of millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation, while a Russian investment bank with an interest in the deal paid Bill Clinton a cool $500,000 for a single speech in Moscow.”

More from The Week:

Mitt Romney:  “I was stunned by it. I mean, it looks like bribery. I mean, there is every appearance that Hillary Clinton was bribed to grease the sale of, what, 20 percent of America’s uranium production to Russia, and then it was covered up by lying about a meeting at her home with the principals, and by erasing emails. And you know I presume we might know for sure whether there was or was not bribery if she hadn’t wiped out thousands of emails. But this is a very, very serious series of facts, and it looks like bribery.”

The bottom line is Hillary Clinton can’t afford to sit back and watch this drama play out. They need to issue a statement fast. The Clintons have been mired in scandal after scandal and they try to take a hands-off approach, but it makes one wonder about the emails she deleted from her server. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) says she “violated the law” and may subpoena her personal email server if she doesn’t voluntarily turn it over for examination by an independent party, Bloomberg reports.

Trouble for the Clinton machine or business as usual?

Clinton Foundation scandal trouble or business as usual?

Clinton Foundation scandal trouble or business as usual? (Cartoon credit: Ed Gamble)

By the way, Peter Schweizer, author of Clinton Cash, heads the Government Accountability Institute, which has “close ties to a billionaire family funding Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential run.” The said group has “received substantial support from groups backed by Charles and David Koch,” Media Matters reports. Don’t think this isn’t part of a coordinated attempt to win the 2016 presidential election. But how quickly does the right wing forgot they tried to derail Barack Obama and he still prevailed–winning by a landslide in both elections.

Failed Presidential Candidate Rudy Giuliani Doesn’t Believe Obama Loves America

Failed Presidential Candidate Rudy Giuliani Doesn't Believe Obama Loves America

Failed Presidential Candidate Rudy Giuliani Doesn’t Believe Obama Loves America (Photo Credit: YouTube Video Screengrab)

Rudy Giuliani is using that old, tired and failed line that President Obama doesn’t love America. Yes, we see where that got the Republican Party in 2012 — Obama beat Mitt Romney by a landslide.

Rudy Giuliani went straight for the jugular Wednesday night during a private group dinner here featuring Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker by openly questioning whether President Barack Obama “loves America.”

The former New York mayor, speaking in front of the 2016 Republican presidential contender and about 60 right-leaning business executives and conservative media types, directly challenged Obama’s patriotism, discussing what he called weak foreign policy decisions and questionable public remarks when confronting terrorists.

“I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America,” Giuliani said during the dinner at the 21 Club, a former Prohibition-era speakeasy in midtown Manhattan. “He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country.”

OH Gov. John Kasich Getting Advice on Presidential Bid from Obama-Hater John Sununu

OH Gov. John Kasich Getting Advice on Presidential Bid from Obama-Hater John Sununu

OH Gov. John Kasich Getting Advice on Presidential Bid from Obama-Hater John Sununu

Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s name is being tossed around as a possible presidential candidate. I view him as far more credible than any other Republican candidate, except perhaps for Jeb Bush and Scott Walker. That’s until I heard the name of a prominent Republican that he’s consorting with — John Sununu. Yep, the same person who called Obama lazy and un-American, insulting the black community.

Ed Gillespie, a former Republican National Committee chairman, met recently with Team Kasich, according to GOP sources in Columbus plugged into Kasich’s network.

One Republican said a separate dinner meeting included former U.S. Sen. John E. Sununu of New Hampshire, the first primary state. Richard Allen, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution who served as national security adviser under President Ronald Reagan, also attended the dinner, the source told the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

The sources, all of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss Kasich’s plans publicly, described the meetings as advice sessions meant to prepare the governor should he launch a White House bid. Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer

John Sununu was a Mitt Romney surrogate during the 2012 presidential campaign. Yeah, the same one which resulted in Obama winning by 51% of the popular vote. I am all for John Kasich widening his circle, but it shouldn’t be one that involves John Sununu, who was forced to resign as White House Chief of Staff in 1991 because of his freeloading habits.

Report: Mitt Romney Not Running for President Again

Report: Mitt Romney Running for President Again

Report: Mitt Romney Not Running for President Again

Twice-failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney is not throwing his hat in the ring for a third time.

Mitt Romney released a statement to his supporters:  “After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the Party the opportunity to become our next nominee.”

“I feel that it is critical that America elect a conservative leader to become our next president. You know that I have wanted to be that president. But I do not want to make it more difficult for someone else to emerge who may have a better chance of becoming that president.” – Hugh Hewitt Show

That’s contrary to reports from the Daily Beast and First Read:

Daily Beast:  “Sources have told The Daily Beast that the former Massachusetts governor will announce his intention to explore a third run for the White House. Romney and his senior aides believe he is the best placed candidate to defeat Hillary Clinton. In a memo sent by Romney to his inner circle Thursday, he highlighted three reasons he should run: He thinks he’s the only qualified Republican in the field, polling is favorable to a win, and he thinks he can do better as a campaigner in 2016. Romney had originally intended to wait until later in the cycle but the bullish entry of Jeb Bush into the field encouraged him to jump early.”

First Read: “No one knows for sure what Romney will announce, but the hunch coming from Romney World is that the former Massachusetts governor is going to give it another try. But here’s why Romney has to make up his mind now: The ground underneath his feet is already beginning to crumble. Just yesterday, we learned that Romney’s top Iowa strategist in 2008 and 2012 — David Kochel — is set to be Jeb Bush’s campaign manager. We also learned, via the AP, that some of Romney’s past donors are jumping aboard the Jeb Train.”

Ex-HP CEO Carly Fiorina: “Unlike Hillary Clinton, I Have Actually Accomplished Something”

Ex-HP CEO Carly Fiorina: "Unlike Hillary Clinton, I Have Actually Accomplished Something"

Ex-HP CEO Carly Fiorina: “Unlike Hillary Clinton, I Have Actually Accomplished Something” (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

LOL:  Carly Fiorina, former Hewlett Packard CEO and wannabe GOP presidential candidate, went in on Hillary Clinton, saying she has “actually accomplished something” unlike the former secretary of state. I can’t believe she said that with a straight face.

Um, I beg to differ….Carly Fiorina (@CarlyFiorina) destroyed Hewlett Packard, saw thousands of jobs outsourced overseas and then high-tailed it out of the company with a multi-million dollar golden parachute. In short, Carly Fiorina accomplished a lot for herself and not for her company or her country. I guess she’s the female version of Mitt Romney, only without a gubernatorial job. Hey, Carly, how did that Compaq deal work out for HP?

Fiorina made the comments at the Iowa Freedom Summit on Saturday. That’s the same gathering where Sarah Palin made a fool of herself after the teleprompter froze. Yeah, she previously mocked President Obama for using a teleprompter. She couldn’t even ad lib.

“Like Hillary Clinton, I too have travelled hundreds of thousands of miles around the globe,” she said.  ”But unlike her, I have actually accomplished something. Mrs. Clinton, flying is an activity, not an accomplishment.”

She also criticized Clinton’s attempts at a diplomatic “reset” with Russia: ”I have met Vladimir Putin and know that it will take more to halt his ambitions than a gimmicky red reset button.”

She also touted her international business record, saying it gives her more foreign policy experience than Clinton.

In addition, Fiorina invoked the Benghazi scandal: “Unlike Hillary Clinton, I know what difference it makes that our ambassador to Libya and three other brave Americans were killed in a deliberate terrorist attack on the anniversary of 9/11 and that the response of our nation must be more forceful than the arrest of a single individual a year later.” Source:  Mediaite

Yeah, Carly Fiorina, whatever. You will never be a secretary of state nor a president of the United States. For anyone who forgot about Ms. Fiorina being kicked out of Hewlett Packard, here’s an snippet of what went down:

Feb. 1o, 2005 — Shares of HP jumped 6.9 percent in heavy trading on the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday on the news. But at one point, the stock was up as much as 10.5 percent.

“The stock is up a bit on the fact that nobody liked Carly’s leadership all that much,” said Robert Cihra, an analyst with Fulcrum Global Partners. “The Street had lost all faith in her and the market’s hope is that anyone will be better.”

Fiorina, the only female CEO at a company in the Dow Jones industrial average, had been with HP since 1999. But the company’s controversial deal to buy Compaq in the spring of 2002 — after a bruising proxy fight led by one of the Hewlett family heirs — has not produced the shareholder returns or profits she had promised. Source: CNN Money

Carly Fiorina has a lot of nerve trying to white-wash her rocky history at Hewlett Packard to imply that she actually accomplished a lot. Wall Street cheered her forced resignation. That says a lot. So, in the final analysis, I would say Hillary Clinton has accomplished a heck of a lot more than Ms. Fiorina, with regards to public service.

Poll: Republicans Prefer Mitt Romney Over Jeb Bush for 2016 Presidential Elections

Poll: Republicans Prefer Mitt Romney Over Jeb Bush for 2016 Presidential Elections

Poll: Republicans Prefer Mitt Romney Over Jeb Bush for 2016 Presidential Elections (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found that most Republicans prefer Mitt Romney over Jeb Bush for the 2016 presidential elections.

“More than half (52%) of all Republicans still maintain a positive view of the party’s 2012 nominee, compared to just 37% who said the same about Mr. Bush, the former Florida governor. Mr. Romney does more than 20 percentage points better among self-identified tea party supporters and core Republican voters than does Mr. Bush, who last ran for office in 2002.”

Mitt Romney Playing Pin-Tail-On-Donkey to Find Message That Resonates with Voters

Mitt Romney Playing Pin-Tail-On-Donkey to Find Message for 2016 Presidential Elections

Mitt Romney Playing Pin-Tail-On-Donkey to Find Message for 2016 Presidential Elections (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Twice failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney is gearing up for a third run for the White House. His new platform is to eradicate poverty in the U.S. Um, one problem. The stench of his 47 percent insult, his offshore accounts and Bain Capital’s outsourcing activities are still very pungent. I might also add, the binders full of women PR blunder, plus picking on Big Bird, are still very fresh in the minds of many. Romney for president…that’s a joke!

“Under President Obama, the rich have gotten richer, income inequality has gotten worse and there are more people in poverty than ever before,” Romney said. “Under this president, his policies have not worked. Their liberal policies are good every four years for a campaign, but they don’t get the job done.”

[…]

“It’s a tragedy — a human tragedy – that the middle class in this country by and large doesn’t believe the future won’t be better than the past or their kids will have a brighter future of their own,” Romney said. He added, “People want to see rising wages and they deserve them.” Source: Washington Post

Mitt Romney is playing pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey. He’s trying to find a message that will stick. So, this time around it’s poverty. I wonder how he proposes to eradicate poverty when the Republicans in the House and Senate want to kick the social services in place to help the poor out from under them. Like I said, Mitt Romney for president…that’s a joke!

No Mitt Romney, You aren’t Second Coming of Ronald Reagan

No Mitt Romney, You aren't Second Coming of Ronald Reagan

No Mitt Romney, You aren’t Second Coming of Ronald Reagan (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

(OPINION) – Mitt Romney and his family believe he would have been a better president than Barack Obama. The American people didn’t think so, that’s why he lost by a landslide in 2012 and didn’t even make it out of the primary stage in 2008. His tenure as Massachusetts governor was also very iffy, so I am not sure how a Romney presidency would have turned out. He claims ISIS wouldn’t exist had he been Commander-in-Chief. Well, if Barack Obama had his way, the Iraq invasion would have never happened and we wouldn’t be dealing is the Islamic State today.

To echo Rupert Murdoch’s sentiment (which is a once in a lifetime thing for me), Mitt Romney was a “terrible candidate” in 2012. He thinks three times is the charm but no way. He’s no Ronald Reagan. He’s thinking of joining a crowded GOP field and I don’t see how he can rise above Jeb Bush, was a wildly popular Florida governor. Quite the opposite of Mittens. The stench of the 47 percent insult and Bain Capital are still pungent. That includes the binders full of women PR blunder. How could I forget wannabe First Lady Ann Romney’s unbelievable account of how they lived in poverty during the early years of their marriage: “Our desk was a door propped up on sawhorses. Our dining room table was a fold down ironing board in the kitchen.” Um, that’s all the while having stock portfolios.

Say whatever you will about Ronald Reagan, he stood for something and built his following around those ideas — Reaganism. Romney, on the other hand, seems to want the presidency to fulfill a lifelong ambition. Nothing more. Has anyone ever thought Romneyism was more than a passing joke? Here’s a snippet from Peggy Noonan’s latest column:

There is no such thing as Romneyism and there never will be. Mr. Romney has never encompassed a philosophical world. He has never become the symbol of an attitude toward government, or an approach to freedom or fairness. “Romneyism” is just “Mitt should be president.”

Mitt Romney’s dream that he’s the second-coming of Ronald Reagan is just that, a dream. You will recall during the 2008 campaign he tried to paint himself as the heir to Ronald Reagan and during the 2012 presidential campaign he went all-out Ronald Reagan, painting Obama as Jimmy Carter. It didn’t work. President Obama won reelection by a landslide, leaving Mitt and Ann Romney (lady in red) stunned beyond words. Hey Mitt, to dream the impossible dream is what you are doing…..

Rupert Murdoch on 2016 Elections: Mitt Romney is a “Terrible Candidate”

Rupert Murdoch on 2016 Elections: Mitt Romney is a "Terrible Candidate"

Rupert Murdoch on 2016 Elections: Mitt Romney is a “Terrible Candidate” (Photo Credit: Wikipedia Commons)

Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch weighed in on the 2016 presidential hopefuls, calling Mitt Romney a “terrible candidate,” but said he liked “Jeb Bush very much.” I think most people would agree with him on Mitt Romney, who has been running a presidential campaign for the last eight years and losing both.

Here’s his take on the GOP presidential hopefuls:

Rand Paul: “”I personally like Rand Paul very much and I am very impressed by his brain,” he said. Though he was skeptical about Paul’s foreign policy platform, “which is frankly a major issue,” he commended the Kentucky Senator for “campaigning on the theory that Washington is too big.”

“I think he will do well enough to move the debate,” Murdoch said. He added, “I don’t think he will win… I would be very surprised if he won the nomination.”

Murdoch also hit Romney for winning the nomination “by destroying every other Republican with his own money” and for failing to deflect criticism that he was “super rich.”

On Chris Christie: “I wouldn’t write off Chris Christie at all…. We will just see how he handles himself.”

On Scott Walker: “He will be an interesting candidate” (though he questioned his charisma.)

On Paul Ryan, who has said he will not run: “He’s only 44… [he has] plenty of time.”

And finally, Ted Cruz: “I’ve met [him], quite an experience,” Murdoch said to laughter. “He’s smart… [but there’s] a record of very questionable political judgment, so we will see.” Source: Politico

Um, as for Ted Cruz, I would love to see how the birther crowd will view his presidential campaign, since he was born in Canada to an American mother and a Cuban father. Er, doesn’t that mean he isn’t a natural born American? Of course, there are two standards…one for blacks and one for whites.