Clinton Cash: Now a Graphic Novel!

Anyone listening to Hillary Clinton would think she is a role model with virtuous qualities.  But Peter Schweizer has shown that she is corrupt and cares only about making money at the expense of America's national security.

Last May, the hardback version of Schweizer's book, Clinton Cash, was published.  It is about the Clinton Foundation, showing how foreign governments and businesses helped make Hillary and Bill Clinton rich.  This summer, the paperback version, a graphic novel (comic book-type book), and a documentary will all be released.  American Thinker was able to interview Schweizer and some of the others involved in these enterprises.

Schweizer felt it important to have different avenues available to reach large audiences.  The documentary was designed for those who do not have the time or inclination to read a heavily fact-oriented book.  Those watching it will see the most troubling narratives of the Clinton money machine, which involves nefarious people from all over the world.  The graphic novel will appeal to a broader audience in a more sophisticated manner.

Those who know the facts behind the Clinton cash machine can enjoy the humor in the graphic novel.  Others can begin to grasp the magnitude behind the Clintons' actions in an intellectual way.  The project director, Brett R. Smith, told American Thinker his goal was to have "humor to tell the truth, even with these very serious topics.  I felt we should do something heavy on satire, parody, and mockery.  Chuck Dixon, who adapted it, is fearless and did not have a problem in burning any bridges.

"The way to expand the readership exponentially is through comics, a virtual storytelling with something going on in every panel.  I wanted to have something fresh, interesting, and that retells Clinton Cash in a different way.  I hope we showed the totality of what this woman and her husband have done, fleecing the U.S. for profit and putting our national security at risk.  What I wanted to do with my team is what Trump had done to politics: stick it to the left by incorporating the truth."

Schweizer believes that the Clintons have been brazenly dishonest with the American people.  "They are so convinced of their own moral purity and superiority that the money they make is wrapped in the cloak of philanthropy and camouflaged through charity.  This is a constant pattern that is seen over and over again – the systemic approach, which should be damning.  When they established the Clinton Foundation, the Clinton Global Initiative, when Bill Clinton hit the lecture circuit while his wife was secretary of state, there was an avenue for oligarchs in Russia, Nigeria, and Latin America to have influence.  I think the evidence is pretty clear they gave a lot of money and that favorable actions were taken by Hillary Clinton for their benefit."

One of the most outrageous is included in the "reset" with Russia.  In 2010, a Russian company was allowed to buy the business Uranium One.  This was after the new chairman donated two million dollars to the Clinton Foundation, which was never reported, and Bill Clinton was also paid $500,000 for a Moscow speech.  In October, the sale was approved.  Ultimately, 20% of U.S. uranium was basically transferred to the Russian government.  The secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, could have vetoed it but chose not to.  Her defense: State was one of nine agencies that approved it.  Maybe this shows that not only Clinton, but other agency heads are venal.  Other people voting in favor of the project makes it no less corrupt. 

Schweizer reminds people that Clinton had an interest in this issue, so she can't plead ignorance.  While a senator, she spoke of the whole issue of foreign ownership of U.S. assets, and it was a big part of her 2008 campaign.  In 2007, she was a major sponsor of a bill that would limit how much control foreign companies should be allowed to have over U.S. infrastructure.

According to Schweizer, "numbers did not lie.  After Bill Clinton got out of office in 2001, he gets paid for speaking fees.  Understand that the farther away a former president is from office, the amounts paid for speaking go down.  Yet when his wife became secretary of state, the overseas speaking fees went off the roof.  Previously he was getting $175,000 per speech to now getting $500,000-plus.  Understand foreign entities never paid him before his wife becomes secretary.  The only plausible explanation is that they were trying to access and gain influence.  For people to suggest otherwise is just naïve.  The idea that these foreign leaders are just doing it from the goodness of their heart and do not want anything in return, even though they are corrupt, is laughable."

Does Schweizer think there is evidence that foreign entities did gain access?  "Yes.  When it comes to money and politics, you can have one or two coincidences, but not twenty-five.  Plus, any time you have entangling relationships, there is the concern about blackmail.  Even more troubling is that Bill Clinton has said he will continue to do what he is doing 'to pay the bills.' Imagine what he will be able to get when his wife is president."

This couple has perfected the politics of personal profit.  Hillary never complied with the basic agreements signed as secretary of state, including a memorandum of understanding.  Remember when she told John Kerry in a hearing that there must be transparency and accountability regarding foreign entities' donations.  Schweizer argues that a major reason they had the private server is that the Clintons could communicate in a way that would never come to light.  The merging of Clinton private interests with public power came once Hillary became secretary of state.

Schweizer wants to warn Americans that a precedent has been set – "a way for politicians to make a lot of money while in office.  If you are heading an agency or in Congress and I give you $10,000, that would be considered a bribe, but if I hire your spouse to speak for $10,000, that is not a bribe?  This is a ridiculous difference.  Any Cabinet officer in the U.S. government or someone serving in Congress should not be allowed to have a private foundation that takes foreign money, nor a family member who collects speaking fees."

The book, movie, and graphic novel are powerful in showing the real Hillary Clinton.  Whether in Haiti, Nigeria, or other areas of the world, the Clintons have shown that political elitists have one set of rules while the rest of Americans are under another set.  Clinton Cash raises serious questions of judgment, of possible indebtedness to an array of foreign interests, and ultimately Hillary Clinton's fitness for high public office.

The author writes for American Thinker.  She has done book reviews and author interviews and has written a number of national security, political, and foreign policy articles.

Anyone listening to Hillary Clinton would think she is a role model with virtuous qualities.  But Peter Schweizer has shown that she is corrupt and cares only about making money at the expense of America's national security.

Last May, the hardback version of Schweizer's book, Clinton Cash, was published.  It is about the Clinton Foundation, showing how foreign governments and businesses helped make Hillary and Bill Clinton rich.  This summer, the paperback version, a graphic novel (comic book-type book), and a documentary will all be released.  American Thinker was able to interview Schweizer and some of the others involved in these enterprises.

Schweizer felt it important to have different avenues available to reach large audiences.  The documentary was designed for those who do not have the time or inclination to read a heavily fact-oriented book.  Those watching it will see the most troubling narratives of the Clinton money machine, which involves nefarious people from all over the world.  The graphic novel will appeal to a broader audience in a more sophisticated manner.

Those who know the facts behind the Clinton cash machine can enjoy the humor in the graphic novel.  Others can begin to grasp the magnitude behind the Clintons' actions in an intellectual way.  The project director, Brett R. Smith, told American Thinker his goal was to have "humor to tell the truth, even with these very serious topics.  I felt we should do something heavy on satire, parody, and mockery.  Chuck Dixon, who adapted it, is fearless and did not have a problem in burning any bridges.

"The way to expand the readership exponentially is through comics, a virtual storytelling with something going on in every panel.  I wanted to have something fresh, interesting, and that retells Clinton Cash in a different way.  I hope we showed the totality of what this woman and her husband have done, fleecing the U.S. for profit and putting our national security at risk.  What I wanted to do with my team is what Trump had done to politics: stick it to the left by incorporating the truth."

Schweizer believes that the Clintons have been brazenly dishonest with the American people.  "They are so convinced of their own moral purity and superiority that the money they make is wrapped in the cloak of philanthropy and camouflaged through charity.  This is a constant pattern that is seen over and over again – the systemic approach, which should be damning.  When they established the Clinton Foundation, the Clinton Global Initiative, when Bill Clinton hit the lecture circuit while his wife was secretary of state, there was an avenue for oligarchs in Russia, Nigeria, and Latin America to have influence.  I think the evidence is pretty clear they gave a lot of money and that favorable actions were taken by Hillary Clinton for their benefit."

One of the most outrageous is included in the "reset" with Russia.  In 2010, a Russian company was allowed to buy the business Uranium One.  This was after the new chairman donated two million dollars to the Clinton Foundation, which was never reported, and Bill Clinton was also paid $500,000 for a Moscow speech.  In October, the sale was approved.  Ultimately, 20% of U.S. uranium was basically transferred to the Russian government.  The secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, could have vetoed it but chose not to.  Her defense: State was one of nine agencies that approved it.  Maybe this shows that not only Clinton, but other agency heads are venal.  Other people voting in favor of the project makes it no less corrupt. 

Schweizer reminds people that Clinton had an interest in this issue, so she can't plead ignorance.  While a senator, she spoke of the whole issue of foreign ownership of U.S. assets, and it was a big part of her 2008 campaign.  In 2007, she was a major sponsor of a bill that would limit how much control foreign companies should be allowed to have over U.S. infrastructure.

According to Schweizer, "numbers did not lie.  After Bill Clinton got out of office in 2001, he gets paid for speaking fees.  Understand that the farther away a former president is from office, the amounts paid for speaking go down.  Yet when his wife became secretary of state, the overseas speaking fees went off the roof.  Previously he was getting $175,000 per speech to now getting $500,000-plus.  Understand foreign entities never paid him before his wife becomes secretary.  The only plausible explanation is that they were trying to access and gain influence.  For people to suggest otherwise is just naïve.  The idea that these foreign leaders are just doing it from the goodness of their heart and do not want anything in return, even though they are corrupt, is laughable."

Does Schweizer think there is evidence that foreign entities did gain access?  "Yes.  When it comes to money and politics, you can have one or two coincidences, but not twenty-five.  Plus, any time you have entangling relationships, there is the concern about blackmail.  Even more troubling is that Bill Clinton has said he will continue to do what he is doing 'to pay the bills.' Imagine what he will be able to get when his wife is president."

This couple has perfected the politics of personal profit.  Hillary never complied with the basic agreements signed as secretary of state, including a memorandum of understanding.  Remember when she told John Kerry in a hearing that there must be transparency and accountability regarding foreign entities' donations.  Schweizer argues that a major reason they had the private server is that the Clintons could communicate in a way that would never come to light.  The merging of Clinton private interests with public power came once Hillary became secretary of state.

Schweizer wants to warn Americans that a precedent has been set – "a way for politicians to make a lot of money while in office.  If you are heading an agency or in Congress and I give you $10,000, that would be considered a bribe, but if I hire your spouse to speak for $10,000, that is not a bribe?  This is a ridiculous difference.  Any Cabinet officer in the U.S. government or someone serving in Congress should not be allowed to have a private foundation that takes foreign money, nor a family member who collects speaking fees."

The book, movie, and graphic novel are powerful in showing the real Hillary Clinton.  Whether in Haiti, Nigeria, or other areas of the world, the Clintons have shown that political elitists have one set of rules while the rest of Americans are under another set.  Clinton Cash raises serious questions of judgment, of possible indebtedness to an array of foreign interests, and ultimately Hillary Clinton's fitness for high public office.

The author writes for American Thinker.  She has done book reviews and author interviews and has written a number of national security, political, and foreign policy articles.