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Hillary’s Iran Scandal: The Empress Has No Clothes

Iran, Victor Pinchuk, and the Clinton Foundation?

Did you miss the story of Erika Smalley? 

Where to begin as the fairy tale image of Hillary Clinton begins to dissolve under the white heat of a presidential campaign?

The smoldering began yesterday afternoon on Sean Hannity’s radio show when Hannity tipped breaking news by saying, “I have sources, and I am telling you that maybe even as early as tomorrow there is going to be a huge, massive blow-up for the Clintons. You might hear this figure: 100 million dollars. And you might hear a country that is named Iran. That’s all I’m going to say now.”

Hours later Megyn Kelly led her Fox show with the tale of Victor Pinchuk, a story originally surfaced in the still-barely-alive Newsweek. The Newsweek story was headlined as follows:

Hillary Clinton’s Big Benefactor Has Trade Links with Iran

The story begins: 

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 U.S. sanctions imposed on the country.

Ukrainian oligarch Victor Pinchuk, 54, has courted the Clintons for at least nine years — in the United States, the Alps and Ukraine.

Earlier this year, he was confirmed as the largest individual contributor to the Clinton Foundation, whose aims include the creation of “economic opportunity and growth.” He also has links to the Tony Blair Foundation and represented its biggest single donor in 2013.

The Iran story was in perfect synch with the new about-to-be-released Peter Schweizer book on the ties between the Clinton Foundation and serious foreign money. But first Erika Smalley and Iowa.

Ms. Smalley is the student at Iowa’s Kirkwood Community College — where Hillary Clinton made her Iowa debut the other day. Smalley read the Clinton press release that said: 

On First Trip, Hillary to Have Conversations with Everyday Iowans

Hillary Clinton will make her first trip to Iowa on Tuesday, April 14, and Wednesday, April 15. It will be the first of many conversations with Iowans about how to make the economy work so everyday Americans and their families can actually get ahead and stay ahead. Throughout her life, Hillary has been a tenacious fighter for children, families and middle class American families.

Taking her at her word, Ms. Smalley set about trying to see Mrs. Clinton when she arrived at Kirkwood. Along the way Smalley, in what has now become typical 21st century style, whipped out her cell phone to take pictures. Suffice to say her photographs, found here, presented an entirely different picture of the Clinton-meets-Iowans adventure than that shown by the national media. Sean Hannity picked up on this and very quickly there was Smalley on the Hannity TV show with her pictures. They were not flattering to the candidate. 

There was a herd of press staring at a vacant field, waiting for the candidate. There were a couple of protesters protesting Clinton’s ties to Wall Street. There were students at the college locked down in their own building and physically kept from even being in the same room with the candidate. There was the door with the Hillary campaign logo, where Smalley was told she could not be given access as she was not invited to the event. Finally there was the blurry, distant photo of Hilary herself emerging from the building the same way she came in — through a back door. And last but not least her motorcade, replete with the darkened windows of the black SUV speeding by, the candidate invisible.

In the world of childhood stories, one of the classics is Hans Christian Andersen’s The Emperor’s New Clothes. For those who missed it, Andersen tells the tale of an emperor whose court is persuaded by swindlers that they have made a vibrant new set of royal clothes for the Emperor — when in fact there are no clothes at all. The Emperor believes all of this, strips down to nothing, dons his new “clothes” and marches out to his subjects to show them off. Andersen tells the tale this way:

So off went the Emperor in procession under his splendid canopy. Everyone in the streets and the windows said, “Oh, how fine are the Emperor’s new clothes! Don’t they fit him to perfection? And see his long train!” Nobody would confess that he couldn’t see anything, for that would prove him either unfit for his position, or a fool. No costume the Emperor had worn before was ever such a complete success.

“But he hasn’t got anything on,” a little child said.

“Did you ever hear such innocent prattle?” said its father. And one person whispered to another what the child had said, “He hasn’t anything on. A child says he hasn’t anything on.”

“But he hasn’t got anything on!” the whole town cried out at last.

The Emperor shivered, for he suspected they were right. But he thought, “This procession has got to go on.” So he walked more proudly than ever, as his noblemen held high the train that wasn’t there at all.” 

In Iowa the other day, Empress Hillary appeared before her subjects-to-be. With the role of the small child played by Kirkwood student Erika Smalley. With Smalley having the audacity to illustrate exactly what the reality of the Clinton “Conversations with Everyday Iowans” really meant: A darkened motorcade, in and out of a back door, students in lockdown or barred from entrance to their own school, Hillary kept at a blurry distance while waving regally as she departs with the media literally racing along on foot to try for a glimpse. And, of course, the few reporters admitted to the event of pre-selected activists were not favored with the ability to ask questions, much less get them answered.

In other words? Erika Smalley’s impromptu investigation revealed that Empress Hillary isn’t what she’s cracked up to be.

Which jives perfectly with the suddenly hot story on the ties between a major Clinton benefactor trading with Iran and Peter Schweizer’s new book, Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich. While Schweizer’s book is not yet released — that comes in a matter of days — the advance publicity at Amazon says this of the book’s subjects:

In 2000, Bill and Hillary Clinton owed millions of dollars in legal debt. Since then, they’ve earned over $130 million. Where did the money come from? Most people assume that the Clintons amassed their wealth through lucrative book deals and high-six figure fees for speaking gigs. Now, Peter Schweizer shows who is really behind those enormous payments.

In his New York Times bestselling books Extortion and Throw Them All Out, Schweizer detailed patterns of official corruption in Washington that led to congressional resignations and new ethics laws. In Clinton Cash, he follows the Clinton money trail, revealing the connection between their personal fortune, their “close personal friends,” the Clinton Foundation, foreign nations, and some of the highest ranks of government.

Schweizer reveals the Clintons’ troubling dealings in Kazakhstan, Colombia, Haiti, and other places at the “wild west” fringe of the global economy. In this blockbuster exposé, Schweizer merely presents the troubling facts he’s uncovered. Meticulously researched and scrupulously sourced, filled with headline-making revelations, Clinton Cash raises serious questions of judgment, of possible indebtedness to an array of foreign interests, and ultimately, of fitness for high public office.

Is it any wonder author Schweizer is under full-scale assault by the Clinton machine? Making of Schweizer the new Ken Starr?

What Smalley witnessed and recorded with her cell phone is a snapshot version of what Schweizer has apparently recorded in excruciating detail in his book. Both are examples of someone standing up and having the audacity to point out that the Empress has no clothes.

Long presented by allies as brilliant, a super-smart woman with dazzling ability, what Smalley and Schweizer have recorded is a secretive woman, distant, a greedy, power-hungry Empress-in-her-own-mind who has no hesitation in using her official position to enrich herself while complaining that she was “dead broke.” The news about the Clinton ties to Victor Pinchuk and hence to Iran will be the rough equivalent of throwing gasoline on an already explosive fire of a story.

For those who recall the 1990s there is a sense of “Déjà vu all over again” with this. Mrs. Clinton went on NBC’s Today Show as the Monica Lewinsky scandal dawned and famously complained: “This is — the great story here for anybody willing to find it and write about it and explain it is this vast right-wing conspiracy that has been conspiring against my husband since the day he announced for president.”

What amused about her remarks that day was that the reality was something else entirely. To begin, Bill Clinton was hardly seen as some sort of serious political threat to anybody when he declared for president. Democrats of the day were having the vapors over then-New York Governor Mario Cuomo — who eventually declined to run. But certainly when he did gain steam the tales of a womanizing politician who was truth-challenged began to circulate. And as Americans eventually learned, with reason, that image of Bill Clinton proved to be exactly correct — and the country would eventually pay the price of the impeachment turmoil. Followed by the eventual admission that yes, indeed, he had a fling with Lewinsky and had in fact lied under oath.

Whatever else America’s experience with the Clintons has taught it is that appearance with the Clintons is never reality. The image of the super-smart woman super-achiever is, in reality, belied by the harsh reality of experience. She botched her health care assignment in the early Clinton presidency. Her tenure in the U.S. Senate produced nothing other than senatorial hot air — although in fairness the same can be said of any number of senatorial bloviators from both parties. Not to mention that her four years as Secretary of State has left the United States in a perilously weakened condition around the globe, the list of Clinton disasters from the Russian reset to Benghazi nothing if not an illustration that she had absolutely no idea what she was doing beyond climbing on and off airplanes. Not for nothing does GOP presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina — herself a successful CEO — draw applause when she observes of Hillary’s State Department travels that “flying is an activity, not an accomplishment.” All of this, of course, before we even get to the facts of heading those bimbo eruptions that resulted in Hillary-backed investigations of Bill’s various women.

What we are about to see with Peter Schweizer’s book is one more confirmation that the image of Hillary — and Bill — Clinton simply doesn’t match reality. That in fact the Clinton wealth was not obtained as most believed — with book deals and speaking engagements — but rather in a fashion that raises “questions of judgment, of possible indebtedness to an array of foreign interests, and ultimately, of fitness for high public office.”

Or in other words? What Mr. Schweizer is saying in so many words, what the tie to Victor Pinchuk illustrates, and what Ms. Smalley was revealing with her cell phone camera? Simply put: the Empress Hillary has no clothes.

Jeffrey Lord
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Jeffrey Lord, a contributing editor to The American Spectator, is a former aide to Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. An author and former CNN commentator, he writes from Pennsylvania at jlpa1@aol.com. His new book, Swamp Wars: Donald Trump and The New American Populism vs. The Old Order, is now out from Bombardier Books.
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