MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, host of “Morning Joe,” tore into Bill and Hillary Clinton on Monday morning, “saying “it’s just vulgar” how they managed to turn public service into $150 million while Hillary Clinton was a Senator and Secretary of State.” Via the Daily Caller,
SCARBOROUGH: I started thinking about — because I read [Washington Post columnist] Ruth Marcus yesterday. … It was searing, and it cut through. But I started thinking after reading Ruth Marcus; OK, so since Bill Clinton left the White House and he had a senator and a secretary of state as a wife, they have figured out how to accumulate $150 million.
BRZEZINSKI: And use it for a lot of good.
SCARBOROUGH: No, no, no, I’m just talking about their personal money. They personally made $150 million off of being an ex-president and a secretary of state. They cashed in to the tune of $150 million.
BRZEZINSKI: Let me play devil’s advocate.
SCARBOROUGH: Let me finish my point, and then play devil’s advocate. … And by the way, to my Democratic friends, it’s in my best interest if I’m a Republican and I want the Republicans to win the White House for Hillary Clinton to win the nomination. Because I think if she wins the nomination, your party will lose. … Ask yourself this question: how much — if the Clintons could make $150 million for themselves cashing in on public service over the past 12 years — and nobody’s paying them money for consulting. They’re paying them to cash in saying ‘How do I make this uranium deal work?’ ‘How do I make this deal in Kazakhstan work?’ ‘How do I make the deal in Russian work?’ Think about how much money Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton are going to make when you have an ex-president being able to leverage an actual president sitting in the White House, his wife sitting in the White House. I mean they turned this — it’s just vulgar what they have turned public service into: $150 million.”
A new report reveals the untold connection between Bill and Hillary Clinton and Rosatom’s (a Russian atomic energy agency) take over of a Canadian company with uranium-mining stakes stretching from Central Asia to the American West in 2013. The deal “made Rosatom one of the world’s largest uranium producers and brought Mr. Putin closer to his goal of controlling much of the global uranium supply chain.” The New York Times,
At the heart of the tale are several men, leaders of the Canadian mining industry, who have been major donors to the charitable endeavors of former President Bill Clinton and his family. Members of that group built, financed and eventually sold off to the Russians a company that would become known as Uranium One.
Beyond mines in Kazakhstan that are among the most lucrative in the world, the sale gave the Russians control of one-fifth of all uranium production capacity in the United States. Since uranium is considered a strategic asset, with implications for national security, the deal had to be approved by a committee composed of representatives from a number of United States government agencies. Among the agencies that eventually signed off was the State Department, then headed by Mr. Clinton’s wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
As the Russians gradually assumed control of Uranium One in three separate transactions from 2009 to 2013, Canadian records show, a flow of cash made its way to the Clinton Foundation. Uranium One’s chairman used his family foundation to make four donations totaling $2.35 million. Those contributions were not publicly disclosed by the Clintons, despite an agreement Mrs. Clinton had struck with the Obama White House to publicly identify all donors. Other people with ties to the company made donations as well.
Hillary Clinton doesn’t want to answer any questions concerning the Clinton Foundation. Rather, she’s employing a strategy that has long worked for the Clinton. The National Journal,
Gennifer Flowers. Cattle futures. The White House travel office. Rose Law Firm files. The Lincoln Bedroom. Monica Lewinsky. And now, the Clinton Foundation. What ties these stories together is the predictable, paint-by-numbers response from the Bill and Hillary Clinton political operation.
“[I’ll be] subjected to all kinds of distractions and attacks, and I’m ready for that,” Hillary Clinton said when asked about the book while campaigning for the presidency in New Hampshire. “I know that comes, unfortunately, with the territory.”
Clever how she casts herself as the victim of a book she hasn’t read and of questions she has yet to answer. The Clinton campaign circulated a memo to its supporters Tuesday night with talking points on the book
Democrats have no bench and no diversity in their presidential candidates, especially when compared to the Republican field. The Hill,
There were 19 Republican candidates in New Hampshire this past weekend. Add three more and they could have played a football game.
Among that group were two Hispanics of Cuban descent (Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida), one candidate of Indian heritage (Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana) and one woman (former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina). African-American former neurosurgeon Ben Carson didn’t attend, but is likely to enter the race in May.
Contrast that with the Democratic field for president:
All white. Three males. One female. One candidate in his 70s, two in their 60s and one in his 50s.
Not much diversity there.
Where is the Democratic bench? Answer: It has been decimated in the Age of Obama.