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Buster Gammons

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Still No There There

In a 5 year-old email stolen by WikiLeaks, Doug Band, an aide to Bill Clinton and president of Teneo Consulting, said he was instrumental in obtaining charitable donations from big corporations to the Clinton Foundation while simultaneously asking some of those donors to hire Bill for speaking and consulting work and for company board positions.  In the email, Mr. Brand claims his efforts provided Mr. Clinton with contracts worth $66 million in personal income in the period from 2011 to 2020, if said deals remain in force.

Nice work if you can get it!  And yet it's just another Clinton pseudo-scandal -- a Slick Willie finesse job that looks worse than it actually is.  Yes, Hillary was Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013.  During that time the Clinton Foundation still continued to perform actual charitable good works on a global scale.  There is still no evidence of influence peddling or any quid pro quo.  There's still no there there.  

It's certainly not, as Newt Gingrich called it, "the equivalent of organized crime."  Oh Newt, please!

And Trumpty Dumpty would be well-advised to avoid a comparison of his "charitable" foundation with the Clinton Foundation, and to steer clear of any I'm-more-ethical-than-thou contest with Hillary.

By the way, WikiLeaks has assisted Russia in an act of espionage, and steaming turd Julian Assange is Putin's puppet.

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