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The Hill: Republicans 'Smart' to Pile on Hillary Early

Tuesday, 28 April 2015 10:58 AM

Anxious Democrats are bracing for more attacks by the GOP on presidential contender Hillary Clinton following the controversy surrounding donations to the Clinton Foundation.

With Clinton unlikely to face a serious challenge for the Democratic nomination, Republicans are already ramping up their criticism of the former secretary of state, according to The Hill.

And even though Clinton, some say, has managed to shrug off the attacks in the short-term, Democrats fear that they will take a toll on the former first lady ahead of the election in 2016.

"You have to define what the concern is," said Hank Sheinkopf, a New York-based Democratic strategist. "Is there cause for concern in terms of the primary, about her being the nominee? Likely not.

"But is there concern over the next 18 months until the general election? Yes. Because this is obviously a well-thought-out, planned series of attacks."

He added: "Hitting her now is smart, because if [Republicans] can keep at it for 15 months or so, it will certainly leave whoever the Republican nominee is with a wounded target."

The current series of attacks have centered on the upcoming book "Clinton Cash" by Peter Schweizer of the conservative Hoover Institution at Stanford University, The Hill reported.

The book is groundbreaking in that it alleges a corrupt pattern of quid pro quo between the State Department and foreign entities that donated to the Clinton Foundation while Clinton served as secretary of state.

"We will see a pattern of financial transactions involving the Clintons that occurred contemporaneous with favorable U.S. policy decisions benefiting those providing the funds," Schweizer, a former speechwriting consultant to former President George W. Bush, explained ahead of the May 5 release.

After reading an advance copy of the book, The New York Times highlighted some of the prominent examples that Schweizer noted.

They included "a free-trade agreement in Colombia that benefited a major foundation donor's natural resource investments in the South American nation, development projects in the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake in 2010, and more than $1 million in payments to Mr. Clinton by a Canadian bank and major shareholder in the Keystone XL oil pipeline around the time the project was being debated in the State Department."
Schweizer admitted he has no "direct evidence" proving that Hillary Clinton or former President Bill Clinton tried to help donors to the Clinton Foundation in an illegal or inappropriate manner, but said that the "pattern of behavior" warrants further investigation.

And Jim Manley, a former top aide to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, warned: "Republicans aren't going to give up on this come hell or high water. It is something that they [the Clinton team] are going to have to address sooner or later."

Some Democrats believe that the attacks will dissipate when Republican presidential contenders start to turn on one another.

"We talk about (Hillary Clinton) now in a vacuum because she is clearly a prohibitive favorite, but the Republican candidates are going to get their turn in the barrel soon enough," said former Democratic South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges.

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Tuesday, 28 April 2015 10:58 AM
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