Schweizer: Clintons Sophistication When Trading Favors for Money Requires Independent Counsel Investigation

Monday on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” “Clinton Cash” author Peter Schweizer said an independent counsel was needed to investigate potential “trading favors for money” between then-Secretary Clinton’s State Department and her family’s organization the Clinton Foundation given the “level of sophistication” Bill and Hillary Clinton had. Schweizer said, “Well, I think if the hope that Clinton critics had that there’s an email out there that says I will do this for you in exchange for that money, that sort of email is not going to exist. The Clintons are too smart to put things in writing in that regard. That said, and I responded in this way to George Stephanopoulos at the time, the expectation of me as a journalist, as a reporter, using public source information, is going to prove a crime is committed is I think a ridiculous standard. What I encourage people to do is look at recent prosecutions for political corruption in the United States—former governor of Alabama who’s in jail, the case involving former governor of Virginia, which the Supreme Court has said needs to be retried, Senator Menendez of New Jersey. In none of those cases do you have a smoking gun or quid pro quo. It’s