Peter Schweizer, author of Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich, discussed with Breitbart News Daily the controversy over the endorsement Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, gave to Ivanka Trump’s retail products.
“I always preface everything by saying I’m not a lawyer, but the legal statute here is pretty clear,” Schweizer told SiriusXM host Alex Marlow. “If you are on the taxpayer payroll, which White House staff are, you cannot endorse or encourage people to purchase certain products or certain lines. It’s pretty clear.”
“I get that there is a war going on and that people are trying to get to the president by going after his daughter,” he added. “I am the father of a daughter, and I get when somebody messes with your daughter, the desire to respond. But you know, the bottom line is once you become president, once you have a White House staff, those battles need to be fought by Ivanka and her team. I think she’s totally capable of doing that, by the way. This is a very astute woman. But you cannot have people that are being paid by America’s taxpayers encouraging people to buy products and talking about how wonderful products are. It is a clear violation.”
Schweizer said the essential questions to be asked are, “Was she joking?” and “Is this going to become a broad pattern where this is going on all the time?”
“Bottom line: you cannot do this kind of behavior while you are on the government payroll,” he declared.
Marlow proposed that the attention given to Conway’s personal comments about her friend Ivanka Trump’s products is wildly disproportionate after the Obama administration directly involved government in vastly larger business dealings, most dramatically by using the Internal Revenue Service to force Americans to buy products from preferred insurance companies under Obamacare.
“I will tell you, to just give you a small example of my world, I made a statement about this in the Washington Post yesterday,” he related. “The Post reporters I have dealt with, they have been very fair. They covered Clinton Cash. They’re covering this stuff. But as a result of that, Alex, I had all kinds of calls – from NBC, from CNN. I’m talking more than ten – and these are entities that had zippo, no interest whatsoever in Clinton Cash.”
“That’s where I think the fault is,” he continued. “There are reporters at some of these outlets that have covered both stories, and they have been fair to me, and they have been balanced, but there are a whole lot of reporters at a lot of news outlets – NBC and CNN would be two examples of that – that had no interest whatsoever in the very serious allegations in Clinton Cash. But once this statement comes out, they are suddenly doing backflips trying to get me on their shows or to comment on this particular topic. That’s where I think the hysteria and, frankly, the bias of this situation just really shows through.”
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