RUSH: Okay, I put it off as long as I can, folks. It’s time now to get to the Hillary news of the day and of the weekend. We have to do it. We have to do it. We’ll try to make this as interesting as we can out there, but as you well know I am bored silly by Mrs. Clinton, and I cannot — and this is honestly. I cannot see her being elected president. I understand. I know where the country is. If Obama can be elected, so can she.
I understand all that. I just can’t see it. I can’t see it because she’s got no reason to run other than it’s her turn, other than it’s time Hillary be paid back by the Democrats. I don’t even think the Democrat Party really wants her. But I’ll tell you the main reason why she can’t get out. I don’t care how bad it gets, there’s a reason that she can’t get out, and it was revealed over the weekend. There’s a new book by Peter Schweizer, our old buddy from the Hoover Institution.
Schweizer has done numerous exposes of liberals, leftists, and the Clintons in the past. He’s got a new book called Clinton Cash. It’s not out yet. It comes out on the 5th of May. But the New York Times had a very, very, very concerned and worried write-up of the book in yesterday’s editions. “The book does not hit shelves until May 5, but already the Republican Rand Paul has called its findings ‘big news’ that will ‘shock people’ and make voters ‘question’ the candidacy of Hillary Rodham Clinton.”
Note this: Any bad news for Hillary has to be reported merely as fodder for the Republicans. Okay, you’ve got a book here that is devastating in what it does. It reveals the donors to the Clinton Foundation and how much money and what they’re expecting for it. Naturally, this is not good news for Mrs. Clinton. But the New York Times gets hold of this, and of course it’s reported simply as fodder for the Republicans.
Who the Times says in the story will, of course, overreach and blow it. It’s never just news. It can never be bad news about the Clintons isn’t just bad news. Oh, no. It isn’t anything but fodder for the Republicans. “‘Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich,’ by Peter Schweizer — a 186-page investigation of donations made to the Clinton Foundation by foreign entities — is proving the most anticipated and feared book of a presidential cycle still in its infancy.”
Feared by the media, anyway. Maybe Hillary.
“The book, a copy of which was obtained by The New York Times, asserts that foreign entities who made payments to the Clinton Foundation and to Mr. Clinton through high speaking fees received favors from Mrs. Clinton’s State Department in return. ‘We will see a pattern of financial transactions involving the Clintons that occurred contemporaneous with favorable US policy decisions benefiting those providing the funds,’ Mr. Schweizer writes.
“His examples include a free-trade agreement in Colombia that benefited a major foundation donor’s natural resource investments in [Colombia], development projects in the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake in 2010, and,” get this: “more than $1 million in payments to Mr. Clinton by a Canadian bank and major shareholder in the Keystone XL oil pipeline around the time the project was being debated in the State Department.”
So here you have $1 million payment to Clinton by a Canadian bank that was a major shareholder in the Keystone XL oil pipeline at the time Keystone XL was being debated in the State Department. Obviously, this bank paid Clinton a million dollars to influence Hillary to try to influence Obama to try to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. The book is filled with details and answers like that.
Not to mention, by the way, the just uncovered news that the Clinton family slush fund’s — the Clinton Family Foundation’s — largest individual investor was allowed to violate the sanctions against Iran during Hillary’s watch at the State Department. Did you know that? The largest individual donor to the Clinton Family Foundation was allowed to violate the sanctions against Iran while Hillary was at the State Department. “Clinton Cash…” Back to the New York Times here.
“‘Clinton Cash’ is potentially more unsettling, both because of its focused reporting and because major news organizations including the Times, the Washington Post and Fox News have exclusive agreements with the author to pursue the story lines found in the book.” From Newsweek: “Hillary Clinton’s Big Benefactor Has Trade Links with Iran — Enemies of Hillary Clinton waiting to discredit her bid for the White House are likely to seize on news that one of the biggest benefactors to the Clinton Foundation has been trading with Iran and may be in breach of US sanctions imposed on the country.”
Now, it’s a good thing you have me to tell you what this Newsweek article says, because this is almost journalistic malpractice the way this is written. It is confusing to the point that readers probably will give up on it. It’s hard to make sense of what this is. But let me just give you a clue by rereading to you the lead. “Enemies…” Here we have a story. Let’s put it this way: Here we have a story that the biggest donor to the Clinton Foundation has been trading with Iran in violation of the sanctions against Iran.
It’s her biggest donor. Now, here’s how Newsweek leads that: ” Enemies of Hillary Clinton waiting to discredit her bid for the White House are likely to seize on news that,” blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. So Newsweek clearly thinks that the only real significance of this story is that Hillary’s enemies will try to use it against her. They don’t report that Hillary has a problem. They don’t report that Hillary took money and the Clinton Foundation took money — their biggest donor — from somebody allowed to violate the sanctions against Iran.
They can’t just report that. They have to refer to it as “enemies” of Mrs. Clinton will likely try to make hay out of this. In other words, “They’re gonna exaggerate it, they’re gonna overreach, they’re gonna make some things up.” They just don’t report on the fact that the news is the news here, that Mrs. Clinton looked the other way and took money. The largest donor whatsoever to the Clinton family slush fund was allowed, with impunity, to violate sanctions on Iran as they gin up their nuclear weapons program.
This is stunning!
This is in Newsweek to boot, and they can only write about it within the framework that Mrs. Clinton’s enemies are likely to jump all over this. “Ukrainian oligarch Victor Pinchuk, 54, has courted the Clintons for at least nine years… Earlier this year, he was confirmed as the largest individual contributor to the Clinton Foundation… The fourth richest man in Ukraine, Pinchuk owns Interpipe Group, a Cyprus-incorporated manufacturer of seamless pipes used in oil and gas sectors.”
This guy was furnishing the pipes that much of the necessary ingredients would flow through for the Iranian nuclear program, but the point was it’s in violation of the sanctions. Schweizer’s book is filled with example after example of this. Now, Schweizer has done the job that Drive-By Media used to do and still does on Republican candidates. If this were Mitt Romney, you wouldn’t have it written about as, “Enemies of Mitt Romney will likely be…”
You would have the Times already writing about how Romney’s disqualified. “Romney already may have been engaged in criminal activity! We demand investigations! We’re gonna conduct our own investigation into the Romney Foundation to find out how in the world he engineered his biggest donor to violate whatever sanctions in Iran.” This is stunning. Now, this leads me to a thought. No matter how bad the news gets for Mr. Clinton and Mrs. Clinton — and, believe me, the latest bad news is Schweizer’s book.
It’s Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich. She can’t even think of dropping out, folks. She has taken too much money from too many foreign countries and too many rich and wealthy foreign individuals and Wall Street billionaires who are expecting a lot of payback for that money. If she walks out… If it were to get so bad — and I’m not suggesting that this is imminent.
I’m suggesting, it’s not an option.
No matter how bad things get, she can’t drop out of this, because she has collected all this money. She and her husband have collected billions of dollars on the come. They have been out soliciting billions of dollars for the Clinton Family Foundation with the implied promise that there will be payback once Mrs. Clinton and Bill are back in the White House. And it is tons of money. She’s made too many promises. In fact, I’ll even go further. I would venture to guess that her candidacy is the reason that this foundation is flush with cash.
Her candidacy is the only reason this foundation has as much money as it does, and the focus is on “foreign.” Now, there’s plenty of Wall Street money in it, too. The Clinton Family Foundation, you talk about a roundabout way of donating to a candidate without any concern for limits, without any concern for FEC laws. The foundation’s a charitable donation to boot, you get some of it back on the tax deduction.
You talk about a slick maneuver. They set up the Clinton Family Foundation as essentially a money-laundering operation where all these foreign entities are gonna want favors. They’re buying access to power with a donation to the Clinton Foundation. There’s no other reason to give all of this money to the Clintons. They may be loved and adored by these reprobates out there, but not this much. You don’t give this kind of money just because you like somebody. You don’t give Bill Clinton this amount of money, or Hillary, because you like the way he makes mincemeat out of Ken Starr.
You do not give people this kind of money without expecting something back for it. Every political donation comes with expectations. But this, hundreds of millions of dollars from people who were allowed to violate our sanctions on Iran and help them with their nuclear plan? And you got people from Colombia who want to be able to do things in that country below board, and they’re gonna need powerful interests in the United States to look the other way while they do it.
It’s been revealed here that Mrs. Clinton, just on her speech income, is one of the top 10, if she were a CEO, top 10 highest paid CEOs in the country, giving speeches, for crying out loud. This is why she can’t dare drop out of this. Now, I know nobody’s suggesting that she’s going to, and I’m not suggesting that it’s imminent. I’m just telling you, if it ever begins to look like she doesn’t have a prayer, she cannot drop out. If she wants out, she’s gonna have to make it look like she has been defeated fair and square in the Democrat primaries, or at least fair and square by a Republican opponent.
But I’m telling you, they have bought her presidency before she’s gotten elected. And if she doesn’t ever achieve a position of power where she can utilize — let me put it a different way. If she doesn’t achieve a position of power where she can pay back all this money, it could be a problem. ‘Cause the money’s not given ’cause they love the Clintons. The money wasn’t given ’cause Bill’s a good old boy and helps ’em find babes when they’re here at the UN. That’s not why they’re giving the money.
There are major expectations. She has to stay in. But in the process, as more of this stuff becomes known, her candidacy could seriously damage the Democrat Party. These shenanigans of hers, selling access — now we know why she deleted all these e-mails, to keep this stuff under wraps. The idea that she had to keep secret whatever the hell she was doing, yoga? As we first postulated a couple of weeks ago, maybe a month ago by now when this came out, I think this is shaping up be serious stuff, I really do.