Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said on Fox News “Special Report” that it showed “unbelievable arrogance” that the Clintons thought they’d “get away with” trading political favors in return for donations to the Clinton Foundation. (VIDEO: Krauthammer: Obama Administration Has ‘A Huge Problem Of Credibility’)
KRAUTHAMMER: It’s hard to know where to start with this. They go unreported, and then you hear the principal who donates the money saying that he really was interested in the charitable objectives of the Clinton Foundation, when it is obvious to anybody who is over nine years old that you take the president of the United States, ex-president, on a plane, you go to Kazakhstan, he praises one of the more infamous dictators in the region at a time when he needs that kind of validation.
A few days later this small company which is sort of unknown, a shell company, gets a huge concession and then there is a donation, and then there’s a speech that he can pocket. Whereas the donations, you know — what did you report the other day, something like $70 million the foundation has spent on transportation? I mean, what does it take; I mean, that’s really flying pretty high. So in a sense it’s a piggy bank for the Clintons under the guise of a charity.
But what strikes me about all this is the unbelievable arrogance of the Clintons, who do this in the full expectation that they’re going to get away with it. They burn the tapes, they eliminate the e-mails. Yes, you might not have had a direct quid pro quo in the emails, but there might have been hints of things going on that would support other evidence and now it has disappeared, it’s gone. And you do all this knowing you’re walking the line.
You know, you may not be able to prove an actual quid pro quo, which is what you’d need for a criminal prosecution, but you come really close to that line. But they think in the end they’re going to get away with it? This comes out in April of this year and by next year, do you know what they’re going to say? ‘Old news. We have dealt with it.’