The Clinton University Scam

In four years while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, Bill Clinton made $65.4 million. It was a team effort because he could not have done it without her.

Laureate International Universities paid Ol’ Bill $17.6 million over five years, starting in 2009 and ending when Hillary started her run for the White House. Laureate is the creation of Doug Becker, a college dropout who morphed the tutoring company Sylvan Learning Systems into a worldwide for-profit university.

There is no evidence that Laureate received special favors from the State Department in direct exchange for hiring Bill Clinton, but the Baltimore-based company had much to gain from an association with a globally connected ex-president and, indirectly, the United States’ chief diplomat.

Pardon me while I stifle a laugh. “There is no evidence” in Clinton parlance means “there’s only enough smoking guns to satisfy every field artillery puke at Fort Sill.”

I’m no prosecutor or investigator, but I can kill the Clintons’ alibi and motive with one simple question: Why do the Clintons need any more influence? There are two cocktail party lines that nobody in the world can top: “I walked on the moon” is one of them. The other is “I was President of the United States.” Bill Clinton needs another honorarium like J.J. Abrams needs another sci fi reboot.

[Laureate] has been intertwined over the years with the global financial elite. Once publicly traded, it was bought out for $3.8 billion in 2007 with investments from, among others, a private-equity firm founded by liberal philanthropist George Soros, as well as the investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts.

What’s a few billion between globalist, liberal friends?

Based on appearances on Laureate’s behalf by Clinton and public statements by the company, it seems that part of the strategy in hiring the former president was to bolster Laureate’s image by aligning it with the former president’s famous charitable efforts — thereby portraying the company as a force for good in the world.

Except Laureate is not charitable, it’s for-profit. The company buys struggling colleges and turns them into enrollment machines to boost revenues. Clinton is fronting for a cash machine, like Trump did with Trump University.

Karen Longo, a graduate of [Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona] who was on the board of directors at the time, recalled that Becker specifically referenced the Clinton tie when he pitched the board on the deal. She provided The Washington Post with brochures Laureate gave out at the time, featuring a letter from Clinton praising Laureate students for working to improve the world and declaring himself “proud to be a part of their efforts.” Clinton’s picture was included on multiple pages.

“His face, his name was in all their brochures,” Longo recalled. “It was a very big sell for them.”

She and other alumni were concerned that Laureate would lower the school’s admissions standards to expand its enrollment in an effort to make more money from the campus.

“The more students they got, the more money they got from student-loan funds,” she said. “It would have been a dilution of the Thunderbird brand.”

Like all the Clintons’ business-government-influence-peddling deals since Whitewater, there’s “no direct evidence” of anything wrong. But the whole thing stinks like yesterday’s gunpowder.

If Bill Clinton Didn’t Unite The Democrats, Nobody Can

“Spring of 1971 I met a girl”….nobody can spin a yarn like Bill Clinton. If anyone can humanize Mrs. Roboto, and melt the ice queen image Hillary has cultivated over the last 40 years, it’s her husband. There was not a hint of negativity in Clinton’s speech. It was classic Bill.

The Clinton who was once a two term president spent 41 minutes recounting his wife’s life story, managing to weave as many states into the tale as possible (Illinois, Alaska, Texas, South Carolina, Massachusetts, New York, Arkansas, West Virginia). He even managed to mention Israel without drawing boos. And of course, he referenced Michelle Obama and the Kennedys, along with Newt Gingrich, the military, and veterans–drawing cheers, not a single boo.

Using Chelsea as a vehicle, Bill emphasized Hillary as a mother. In Bill’s world, she was a nurturer, a protector, a common-sense problem-solver, focusing on kids and families. It was (literally) motherhood, served without the apple pie. You want to believe Bill when he speaks, because he’s one of the most persuasive people on the planet.

Bill isn’t frightening, he doesn’t shout, and his tone is friendly, folksy, and completely bereft of stridency. When Bill makes his point (“speeches like this are fun, actually doing the work is hard”), it hits home.

“Hillary’s done a pretty fine job of being a mother.” By the end, everyone in the room was convinced that Hillary is running for Mother-In-Chief. Bill skipped over his 8 years in the White House, and went right to Hillary’s senate tenure, and time as secretary of state. He conveniently missed talking about Benghazi, but talked about climate change and women’s rights in China.

“How does this square with the things you heard at the Republican convention? One is real, the other is made up. You just have to decide which is which.” It’s a perfect question. It’s like the Man In Black versus Vezzini, to the death. The poison is in both cups.

After 48 minutes, all hints of Sanders sadness were washed away by the golden tones of the master persuader, Slick Willy, displaying all his prodigious powers. They were cheering Hillary with unrestrained gusto.

Of the three–Hillary, Donald and Bill–Bill is the youngest at 69 years old. And he’s still got it. If Bill could run for another term, he’d win. Bill is the greatest weapon Hillary has, and if he didn’t unite the Democrats, then it’s likely nobody can.

FBI Director James Comey’s Sudden Fear of Facts

FBI Director James Comey is not afraid to disagree with his superiors; nor is he afraid to play hardball with the facts. Both of these points make his actions on Tuesday – holding a press conference to publicly lay out the results of the FBI’s investigation into Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s misuse of private e-mail servers for confidential and top secret communications before absolving Ms. Clinton of wrongdoing – highly perplexing but for one single fact: Comey has never been afraid to play hardball except when it comes to the Clinton family.

Just days after Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Director Comey’s boss, clandestinely met with former President Bill Clinton at an airport in Phoenix, Arizona, Comey explained in great detail that although a thorough FBI investigation found that then-Secretary of State Clinton had mishandled classified information, no reasonable prosecutor would review the bureau’s findings and file charges or seek an indictment. The confidence with which Comey pronounced his judgment of “nothing illegal here” was unreserved.

Comey hasn’t always been so confident of the innocence of prominent figures.

Earlier this year, Time.com pointed out that this isn’t Comey’s first dance with the Clintons. In the final hours of his presidency, President Bill Clinton pardoned some 176 criminals, including some who were tied to Clinton presidential library donations and contributions to Hillary’s New York-based U.S. Senate race. A write-up in POLITICO this past January detailed new information about the pardons and what they involved, including how they touched Hillary Clinton. Comey, then a federal prosecutor, was tasked with taking over the investigation into the last minute pardons.

Despite telling Congress that he “was stunned,” by what he found, Comey filed no charges and sought no indictment.

But while serving as Deputy Attorney General of the United States during the George W. Bush administration, Comey threatened to resign over a phone and internet meta-data collection program that some administration lawyers wanted to green light. Refusing to give his assent to one portion of the so-called “Stellar Wind” program run by the National Security Agency, Comey clashed with then-White House legal counsel Alberto Gonzalez, who would eventually be appointed Attorney General by President Bush.

The data collection program was suspended until advocates could find another legal ground on which they could justify its scope and scale.

According to Time.com, a few years later Comey agreed with Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee to make details of the secret program, and specifically the dramatic lengths to which he opposed it, public. The move allegedly led to Gonzalez resigning as Attorney General amid other pressures.

“The hearing was designed to force Gonzales out, and ultimately it worked. Comey’s testimony led to the discovery by White House lawyers that Gonzales had improperly stored classified notes on Stellar Wind, which in turn led to his resignation that August, according to top Bush White House officials.”

Fast forward to the most recent high profile episode of Comey’s career, and instead of speaking truth to power or using facts to make his case and carefully out-maneuver powerful individuals, the FBI director ticked off a laundry list of astonishing facts before pre-emptively clearing his boss, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, from having to explain why her department refuses to file charges against the Democratic nominee for president.

Even the far-left online magazine of skepticism, The Intercept, thought Comey’s kabuki dance around the facts was remarkable and likely due to the powerful position held by the subject of the probe. “This extreme, unforgiving, unreasonable, excessive posture toward classified information came to an instant halt in Washington today — just in time to save Hillary Clinton’s presidential aspirations,” wrote Glenn Greenwald.

Indeed, Comey threw the book at home decor mogul Martha Stewart whom he successfully prosecuted for illegal insider trading. According to 2013 U.S. News story, Comey decided he had to prosecute Stewart despite her public persona because any other person would have faced prosecution for the same actions.

“[I]f it was Jane Doe she would have been prosecuted,” [Comey] told the student newspaper. “[T]here were 2,000 cases by the Justice Department that year for providing false statements during an investigation. I thought of my hesitation about the case due to someone being rich and famous, and how it shouldn’t be that way. I decided we had to do it.”

Remarkable words from a man who would go on to conclude that while Hillary Clinton repeatedly violated the law while mishandling known classified and top secret information, using private e-mail servers to circumvent secure government servers, nothing she did would merit prosecution by a “reasonable” prosecutor. As the Wall Street Journal editorial board opined late Tuesday:

 It is a felony for anyone entrusted with lawful possession of information relating to national defense to permit it, through “gross negligence,” to be removed from its proper place of custody and disclosed. “Gross negligence” rather than purposeful conduct is enough. Yet Mr. Comey appears to have based his recommendation not to prosecute on the absence of “clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information”—though he did say in the same sentence that there was “evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.”

Comey’s sudden fear of the facts would appear to have more to do with the subject of his bureau’s latest investigation than it would with any facts that were unearthed during the course of the probe.

WATCH: AG Lynch Meeting With Slick Willy ‘Bad Judgment’

Can we get an “Amen?” As every woman stuffed into a private jet with Bill Clinton eventually admits, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said it was “bad judgment” and “I wouldn’t do it again.” From the Top Ten list at MSNBC‘s comedy department.

Former Dem. Party Chair Ed Rendell: If there was anything nefarious going on, they wouldn’t have done it on an airplane in public view. They’d do it over the telephone.

Everyone knows Bill prefers face time.

But when cornered, Lynch thought it wouldn’t impact her work with the Department of Justice to meet with the husband of a woman running for president who is under an active FBI investigation. [Click here for video courtesy of Daily Caller.]

Acknowledging that it was the “question of the day” Lynch said, “I think that’s a perfectly reasonable question… because people have also wondered and raised questions about my role in the ultimate resolution of matters involving the investigation into the State Department e-mails.”

“And to the extent that people have questions about that, about my role in that, certainly my meeting with him raises questions and concerns, and so believe me, I completely get that question, and I think it is the question of the day,” Lynch said

In places outside the fantasy-world of Washington, D.C., I am willing to wager that a chief prosecutor in any jurisdiction meeting privately with the spouse of a person under active law enforcement and grand jury investigation, in a private plane, would be reason for censure. In most places where Real Things Happen, it might even result in that person being fired or prosecuted, or at least disbarred.

But in Phoenix, when both parties are a wink-and-a-nod away from high crimes and misdemeanors, it’s just “bad optics.”

Sometimes, I have to ask myself if Clinton and Trump have a bet going on to show who can win an election despite trying hardest to lose it. After election day in November, it will be like the Dukes in “Trading Places” when one of them hands the other a crisp $1 bill.

Republicans, Apologize to Bill Clinton

“Republicans owe Bill Clinton an apology for impeaching him over lies and affairs while now embracing a pathological liar and womanizer.”

Upon arrival in Washington, DC in January of 1993, Bill and Hillary Clinton found themselves in a never ending independent counsel investigation. The investigation began over a land deal that was known as Whitewater. Then then there was a travel office investigation, abuse of FBI files, and President Clinton’s behavior in a sexual harassment case.

Ultimately, the American public learned several things. They learned that Bill Clinton had loved women a lot. They learned that feminists did not really believe their rhetoric when it came to women treated badly by Bill Clinton. They learned that Bill Clinton had a sexual relationship with an intern and lied about it.

Bill Clinton’s undoing was his affair with Monica Lewinsky, the White House intern. The independent counsel concluded Bill Clinton committed perjury and Republicans in Congress voted to impeach the President. The United States Senate acquitted President Clinton at the beginning of February, 1999.

The predicate act to Bill Clinton’s impeachment was his affair with an intern and his lying to cover it up. Republicans said the President of the United States is not above the law and lying under oath to obstruct justice is an impeachable offense.

Seventeen years after Republicans impeached Bill Clinton for covering up an affair, they are handing their party over to a man who has openly bragged about his affairs. On the day the Republicans first meet in Cleveland, Donald Trump will be taken to court for allegedly defrauding hard working Americans through Trump University.

What voters have already learned about Donald Trump during the primaries should give them pause. Many of his business dealings have left others worse off while he has played the bankruptcy courts to keep going. While investors in various Trump enterprises lost money, Trump made fortunes.

On the campaign trail, Trump was more a pathological liar than Bill Clinton ever was. He smeared his opponents, their wives, and their families. He embraced 9/11 trutherisms that George Bush was to blame for the attacks, he peddled malignant, false stories about Ted Cruz’s father, and few Republicans ever called on him to account. Many gave him passes on the lies they would never give to Bill Clinton.

Republicans owe Bill Clinton an apology for impeaching him over lies and affairs while now embracing a pathological liar and womanizer. That apology will not be forthcoming. In fact, for years Republicans have accused the Democrats of gutter politics and shamelessness. Now the Republicans themselves have lost their sense of shame.

As Marco Rubio withdrew from the Republican primary in Florida, Trump supporters showed up to heckle him as he was giving his withdrawal speech. In South Carolina, a Trump supporter refused to help a disabled woman who had been in a car wreck because the woman had a Bernie Sanders sticker on her car. The man actually said he thought the Lord came to him. But these people have learned this behavior from their party’s new political leader.

If so much were not on the line, it would be somewhat humorous to watch. But the Supreme Court hangs in the balance; the relationship between the states and federal government hangs in the balance; and our relationship with our allies hangs in the balance. All of these things are at stake and the party that fancies itself as the grown up party has handed itself over to a huckster with a cult of ill behaved children.

Many conservatives and people of common decency will support neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump. They will hope for a third party. But even if all the Republicans voted for Donald Trump, he would make no more gains than Mitt Romney on the electoral map and is putting in play states that would otherwise be solidly Republican.

Angry voters made a terrible miscalculation in the Republican primary. They presumed that the rest of the nation shared their anger. They were wrong and now, with so much on the line, the Republicans will field as their Presidential nominee the least popular Presidential candidate in American history. God save the republic.

Bill Clinton Does Hillary No Favors, But He’s Dead Right

Bill Clinton has two objectives at this point in his life: (1) rake in as much cash as possible, and, possibly more important, (2) defend his own legacy in the Oval Office.

Bill Clinton is dead right

So when he threw down on a Black Lives Matter protester on Thursday, not only was he defending his legacy, he was also dead right. Bill is prone to “airbrush history” when he speaks–and that’s his right at a living former president. I heard him say that in  person in 2014.

“The best part of being an ex-president is I can say anything I want. Well, except when my wife might be running for that job.” I’m paraphrasing. Clinton then went on to tell us how it’s a good thing to “airbrush history” about his time in office, and proceeded to airbrush current events and facts.

I think Bill knows that his wife’s chances of actually sitting behind the Resolute Desk are low and fading fast. I think in 2008 he realized that the Democratic Party had passed her sometime in 1996 and never looked back. He’s no longer filtering based on Hillary’s campaign narrative.

“I don’t know how you would characterize the gang leaders who got 13-year-old kids hopped up on crack and sent them out onto the street to murder other African-American children,” Clinton said, addressing a protester who appeared to interrupt him repeatedly. “Maybe you thought they were good citizens …. You are defending the people who kill the lives you say matter. Tell the truth. You are defending the people who cause young people to go out and take guns.”

(Source: NPR)

In truth, BLM has a racist worldview. They have some legitimate grievances, but can never penetrate their self-erected wall that holds how irresponsible choices can be forgiven as long as those who choose them are black, and responsible actions by others can never truly be redeeming. Jonah Goldberg:

Oh, at this point, I should also say Bill Clinton is right! The Black Lives Matter movement is not without its legitimate complaints and arguments — I’m in favor of some criminal-justice reforms. But they want to work from the assumption that there are no black bad actors in this story. It’s white supremacy all the way down. The problem with this is that even if white supremacy — whatever people mean by that — is the massive problem some lefties imagine, it still doesn’t excuse bad individual moral choices. Excuses don’t become explanations simply because you shout them. It’s a very weird corollary to social-justice logic. If you see everyone simply as representatives of groups — white oppressors and black victims — you withdraw the moral agency from individual actors on both sides of the equation (which, technically speaking, is racist). White people become agents of oppression and morally culpable even if they’ve done nothing wrong. Black criminals who prey on innocent black people become victims, about whom no one can say an unkind word.

Bill spoke without a campaign filter and it was refreshing.

Throughout the spirited defense of his policy, Clinton continued to be interrupted, and he repeatedly seemed to single out one protester.

“She doesn’t wanna hear any of that,” Clinton said to the protester. “You know what else she doesn’t want to hear? Because of that bill, we have a 25-year low in crime, a 33-year low in murder rate. And because of that and the background check law, we had a 46-year low in the deaths of people by gun violence, and who do you think those lives were? That mattered? Whose lives were saved that mattered?”

(Source: NPR)

Too little, too late

From the New York Times:

In her current campaign, Mrs. Clinton has been a fierce advocate of overhauling the criminal justice system, often campaigning alongside the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Sandra Bland and others who have lost children to gun violence or clashes with the police.

Last April, as protests were consuming Baltimore and Ferguson, Mo., after the deaths of black men at the hands of police officers, Mrs. Clinton devoted her first major policy speech to overturning key parts of the bill. “It’s time to end the era of mass incarceration,” she said.

Faced with egg on her face, Hillary’s campaign managed to get her husband to issue a half-hearted walk-back.

By Friday, Mr. Clinton said, “I almost want to apologize.”

Almost.

Hillary is caught between her own Scylla and Charybdis. She either has to appear genuinely disingenuous about her embrace of race identity politics (because she is disingenuous), or she has to appear genuinely hypocritical about supporting real criminals her own husband publicly lambastes (because she is a hypocrite).

Racists like BLM do no favors to blacks

Race identity politics is nothing but racist victim-worship that denies individual responsibility and destroys young lives.

Listen to Superior Court Judge Verda Colvin of the Macon Judicial Circuit. She told teens attending a “consider the consequences” program “stop acting like you’re trash.”

“You can have the ultimate experience … you can be in this body bag,” Colvin said as she opened up a body bag in her courtroom. “And the only way somebody will know you are in here is by this tag that’ll have your name on it.

“Listen to me. The way you are going, you will go to jail.”

A sheriff’s lieutenant said the youths in the video session had been involved in “property damage, stealing cars and smoking marijuana.”

The strong words continued.

“I am so tired of seeing people who look like you and I (African-American) come into my courtroom, and I have to sentence them to prison,” Colvin said. “And then you hear the fussing on TV about African-Americans being in the prison system. Well guess what, if you don’t do what it takes to go there, you won’t be a part of it.”

Video of Judge Colvin addressing the teens was posted on Facebook by the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office and has gone viral with over 236,000 views as of Saturday. She told the kids what prison had waiting for them.

The inmates at Jackson Diagnostic and Classification State Prison, where all new Georgia prisoners go for intake and assignment “have something for you,” she said. Colvin then told them how they’d have to “lie there and take it” when they’re raped at night.

Reality has a way of breaking through pie-eyed racist assumptions about who really cares about black lives. I am pretty sure Judge Colvin, who is black, would agree with Bill Clinton more than she does BLM protesters who would rather see those teens free to do mayhem and destroy their own lives.