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"Crooked Hillary" update

Trump tries to refocus his campaign on Wednesday [22 Jun] with an attack on Hillary. And, according to The New York Times, he "took liberties with the truth, delivering a series of inaccurate and misleading statements."

David Gergen, White House veteran and CNN contributor, is reported by Raw Story as "shocked that Trump would rely on Peter Schweizer's controversial book Clinton Cash." Gergen is quoted:

That book has been basically discredited, He has no evidence that shows money given by donors to the Clinton Foundation then resulted in actions by the State Department that favored those donors. And what Schweizer himself has said is, 'Well, I think there's a pattern here and we ought to investigate.' I'm sorry, at this level, you can't slander somebody."

Breitbart News, a "conservative" journal founded in 2007, employs Schweizer as a senior editor-at-large. It responds with the headline: "David Gergen Embarrasses Himself: Falsely Claims Clinton Cash 'Discredited'.

In his speech, Trump said that Clinton "has perfected the politics of personal profit and even theft." That she "may be the most corrupt person ever to seek the presidency of the United States," that she "ran the State Department like her own personal hedge fund – doing favors for oppressive regimes, and many others, and really, many many others, in exchange for cash." Trump said that big money interests "totally own her, and that will never, ever change, including if she ever became President, God help us."

Trump accused Hillary of having accepted a gift of jewelry from the leaders of Brunei valued at $58,000. Fact Checking this last accusation, the New York Times writes:

Fact Check: This is a misleading claim that omits key information. Mrs. Clinton, as secretary of state, may have received this gift but she did not keep it. As required by State Department rules, Mrs. Clinton transferred the jewelry to the United States government.

I wish that Hillary haters would read the rest of the fact checking on Trump's speech, but I realize they are more into tabloid-like literature.

I'm going with David Gergen's description of Trump's speech as slander. Gergen was a presidential advisor who served during the administrations of Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton. But we surely won't be seeing him join a Trump administration.

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