“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.
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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