The author of “Clinton Cash” acknowledged Sunday that his book has no evidence that Hillary Clinton as secretary of state directly influenced huge international deals in exchange for million-dollar contributions to her family foundation but argued the numerous instances deserve an investigation.
“It’s a very extensive pattern,” author Peter Schweizer told “Fox News Sunday.” “There are 11 instances. And I think, when you have one or two examples, it’s coincidence. When you have this many, to me it’s a trend. … I think this warrants an investigation.”
For his upcoming book, Schweizer spent roughly 10 years probing the mix of public and private business and money between Hillary Clinton, her husband and former President Bill Clinton and their Clinton Foundation – all of which he calls the “Clinton Blur.”
The dealings disclosed in the book come in the early weeks of Clinton’s campaign to become the Democratic presidential nominee for 2016.
One key example of a possible deal, Schweizer argues, is the relationship between the former president and wealthy Canadian mining investors who donated millions to the foundation after the State Department and eight other U.S. agencies signed off on a deal in 2010 that ultimately gave the Russians access to part of the U.S. uranium reserves.
Schweizer also argued the deal helped lead to Bill Clinton getting paid $500,000 for a speech in Russia.
In another instance, in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the former president was named co-chairman of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission, established to coordinate the recovery effort.
The owner of the company that made $50 million by helping establish a system to transfer money via cellphones, as part of the recovery effort, also set up lucrative speeches for Clinton and donated millions of dollars of his own money to the foundation.
There was also a plan to raise money by exploiting Haiti’s rich mineral wealth. And one company that got a rare gold permit was VCS mining, which didn’t have much mining experience. And Hillary Clinton’s brother, Tony Rodham, who also had little or no mining experience, was added to the VCS board after the company received the permit, Schweizer writes.
He also says the foundation failed to disclose some donations, including $2.35 million connected to the chairman of the uranium company that the Russians wanted to buy.
Clinton supporters have argued that Schweizer has repackaged old news and mixed it with innuendo and that the $2.35 million is largely insignificant.
“He’s cherry-picking information that has been disclosed,” Clinton presidential campaign Chairman John Podesta said last week.
Lanny Davis, the White House counsel under President Clinton, told “Fox News Sunday” that “$2.35 million out of $2 billion (in foundation contributions) is not major, even by any definition.”
Over on ABC, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich accused Mrs. Clinton of breaking the law by accepting foundation donations from foreign governments during her tenure at the State Department.
“Look, this isn’t a political problem, this is a historic problem,” Gingrich said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”
“My point is they took money from foreign governments while she was Secretary of State. That is clearly illegal,” said Gingrich “This is not about politics. It’s illegal. And it’s dangerous to America to have foreign governments get in the habit of bribing people who happen to be the husband of the secretary of state or the next president of the United States.”