Scarborough Defends Clinton Cash Author: Stop ‘Bowing Down Before Bill and Hillary’


Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough effectively squashed cohost Mika Brzezinski’s questioning of Clinton Cash author Peter Schweizer, erupting into a monologue about the “double standard” that allows the Clintons to net $150 million while Hillary Clinton served as Secretary of State, while lesser politicians go down for less gaudy offenses.

Brzezinski had been quizzing Schweizer for evidence to his claims that the Clintons exchanged favorable treatment from the State Department for multimillion dollar donations to the Clinton Foundation and exorbitant speaking fees for Bill Clinton. Schweizer has now said in several television appearances that he has no “smoking gun,” but believes the pattern of behavior is evidential, as in insider trading cases.

At that point Scarborough had had enough.

“I mean if Peter’s been reckless, go ahead and say he’s been reckless,” Scarborough said. “But I worked with guys in Congress that went golfing like one or two times in Ireland and then six months later, put a bill on the floor of the House — and they went to jail. And we’re sitting here going, ‘Maybe [Bill] just got paid three times the amount? …We’re not naive babes in the woods. What [former Virginia Governor] Bob McDonnell did pales in comparison to what’s in this book. What [Senator] Robert Menendez (D-NJ) did pales in comparison to what’s in this book.”

McDonnell was indicted last year for essentially using the state of Virginia as a credit card. Menendez has been charged by the Justice Department for allegedly exchanging favorable legislation for gifts from a Floridian eye doctor.

Brzezinski pointed out the Justice Department led the way in those cases, causing Scarborough to remind god and everybody that when Schweizer wrote a book on congressional insider trading it was praised up and down, but now that he’s written one about the Clinton’s he’s being smeared.

“It’s the Clintons, and suddenly, ‘Oh my god, let’s bow down before Bill and Hillary, because if we ask the same questions of them that we’ve asked every other politician, then we’ve crossed a line,'” he said. “I don’t really understand the shock and awe here.”

Lower the volume on your laptop, trust me, and watch the clip below, via MSNBC:

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