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Crooked Hillary?

A book by Peter Schweizer, Clinton Cash, suggests corruption by the Clintons. Some are drawing from Schweizer's work. This includes Donald Trump with his phrase "crooked Hillary."

Peter Schweizer earns his living as a writer and political advisor. He has advised Sarah Palin. He has worked with Glenn Beck and he has partnered with the conservative author and columnist Marc Thiessen. One of Schweizer's books is Throw Them All Out, a book that can be seen online lauded by Glenn Beck. The book attacks corruption and what Beck calls crony capitalism. In 2015, Schweizer authored Bush Bucks: How Public Service and Corporations Helped Make Jeb Rich. It was also in 2015 that Clinton Cash was published by Harper Collins, owned by Rupert Murdoch (who also owns Fox News).

In researching the activities of the Clintons, Schweizer found no evidence of the Clintons having traded favors for money – an activity that has sent some other politicians to prison. But he has spoken of having found a "troubling pattern." Schweizer wasn't going to give up on his attack on the Clintons. Instead, he was going to push his sensational innuendo and ask others to do research to build on it – to succeed where he had failed. Rupert Murdoch did and found nothing more. Meanwhile, sales of the book were good, reaching second on the New York Times bestseller list.

Wikipedia reports:

Several weeks after the book's initial publication, Harper Collins and the author made several corrections to the Kindle edition of the book. Schweizer corrected "seven or eight" passages that were revealed to be inaccurate after the book was released. FactCheck.org found Schweizer's assertion that Clinton, as Secretary of State, could have stopped Russia from buying a company with extensive uranium mining operations in the U.S. to be false. PunditFact found the assertion that Clinton changed her views on a nuclear deal with India in response to donations to her family's foundation to be false. A spokesman for Bill Clinton disputed charges that Clinton was paid for speeches by Dennis O'Brien of Digicel in exchange for help in securing telecommunications contracts in Haiti in 2010.

Among those who believe Schweizer is on to something are those who fault Hillary for having spoken to Goldman Sachs in 2013 shortly after she left her job as Secretary of State. People with Big Bucks are willing to pay well for speeches from people with big names. Hillary told the Goldman Sachs gathering, "We are all in this together." It can be taken as Hillary wanting to influence Goldman Sachs by reminding its people that they might benefit from being socially responsible, or more socially responsible. And Goldman Sachs had its interests. There is nothing wrong with businesses communicating their interests to politicians. It happens in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Germany. If you are one of those who wants to do away with private financial institutions, that's been tried but rejected by Europe's Social Democrats and rejected in China by those Mao Zedong called "capitalist roaders." We in the United States can draw from our own experience and move toward reform through friendly political dialogue – rather than listen to excited opportunists pushing innuendo, fear, discord and hate.

Our politics today is too much like a supermarket tabloid: exciting allegations and scandal, a politics for little minds in search of naughty people to righteously denounce.

The Clintons are wealthy. But fair-minded people don't consider being wealthy as a crime in itself. (Franklin Roosevelt was wealthy.) And fair-minded people don't use vague labels like "establishment" in the place of better arguments – as do today's politically naive. The Clintons believe in the law, and they consider what is good for society as a whole more than do those who are wild in their accusations for the sake of advancing themselves.

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