By Jonathan S. Tobin
Does anyone remember the Clinton Cash scandal? Thursday’s Wall Street Journal report about the way the Clinton Global Initiative set up a deal that benefitted a company with ties to the former First Family should ring a bell. A year ago, the political world was focused on a wide-ranging scandal involving conflicts of interest, possible corruption, and sweetheart deal involving the former president and secretary of state. The publication of Peter Schweizer’s Clinton Cash not only caused a furor because of the serious questions it raised about the Clinton Global Initiative and the private foundation that is run now by Bill and Chelsea Clinton, but also because it encouraged the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Journal to conduct their own investigations. Those efforts uncovered even more questionable conduct about the doings of Hillary Clinton, who was then and still is today the likely presidential nominee of the Democratic Party.
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But then, as is often the case in our 24/7 news cycle world, the press got diverted. Those on the Clinton beat understandably began to devote more attention to the story about her private email server. The discussion about the deleted emails and the slow-motion drip, drip, drip of evidence that she had sent communications involving classified and even top secret information on an unprotected system had the effect of making many of us forget why it was that she may have had something to hide in all of those messages.
But more than anything else, the start of the presidential race had the effect of pushing the Clinton Cash story to the back burner.