The Clintons’ speaking tour is hardly a box office smash. With the “Evening With The Clintons” tour now on a holiday hiatus, number crunchers are looking at sales of Bill and Hillary Clinton’s international speaking tour—designed like a concert tour—and the numbers are underwhelming at best. Some tickets were discounted to as low as $6.55. Other seats have been discounted by more than half, and at their Toronto stop, only 3,300 tickets were sold for a venue that holds 19,000 people. Their latest market effort had them trying to gin up aftermarket sales of the tickets on Groupon, which is selling tickets ranging from $89 to $399 at as low as $35.
Whistleblower advocates are condemning an FBI raid of a Clinton Foundation insider who reported possible wrongdoing involving the so-called charity, nuclear material broker Uranium One, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. 16 FBI agents raided the home of Dennis Cain on Nov. 19, who used to work for an FBI contractor. According to the Daily Caller, those familiar with the raid said it should’ve never happened because Cain had been granted whistleblower status by Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz. Raiding his home goes against the spirit of laws designed to protect people who report nefarious activity, experts say.
—QUOTABLE: “This isn’t how we should be treating whistleblowers who are coming forward with information about high level wrongdoing…It sends a very strong message that you will be treated as a criminal even though what you’re trying to do is expose crime or a potential crime.” -Nick Schwellenbach, Project on Government Oversight
Beto O’Rourke has been invited to the first in the nation primary state of New Hampshire. The state Democrat Party was asked to come speak with voters and meet with political operators in the state on the heels of a surprisingly narrow loss to Sen. Ted Cruz for his U.S. Senate seat. Liberals are gushing over O’Rourke—whose real name is Robert—because they think he’s an attractive guy who can talk a great game despite having no experience for the job. The media loves him, too, propelling him from a back-bench congressman who lost a Senate race to a possibly top tier candidate for the Democrat nomination for president in 2020.
MEANWHILE—Dozens of Democrats are staying mum about whether they plan to run for president in 2020. The list is far too long to recite. But handfuls of them who deny they’re a candidate “at this point” or are “thinking about it” are making the rounds, putting out books, visiting early election states, and enticing the media. There’s a chance some 30 Democrats could run next time around—including the very real possibility Hillary Clinton is among them.
A top Hillary Clinton adviser and talking head had a behind the scenes meltdown after a TV appearance Tuesday night. Philippe Reines was debating President Trump adviser Harlan Hill on Fox Business Network, when afterward he charged toward Hill calling him a “jackass,” following Hill through the newsroom screaming…and he wasn’t wearing pants, according to Twitter pictures posted by Hill. It’s not that uncommon when all they show on TV is your head, but combined with the rant…Reines was kinda asking for it.
—QUOTABLE: Hill told The Daily Caller that Reines said, “You’re just as much of a jackass on TV as you are online” and that Hill needs to “stop hiding behind [FBN anchor Trish Regan’s] skirt…We chirped back and forth, and he said, ‘You’re not half the debater you think you are.’ To which I said, ‘That’s probably the lamest, most D.C. diss I’ve ever heard.” -Excerpted from The Daily Caller
President Trump is denying any knowledge of two key events being investigated by Robert Mueller. In written answers submitted to Mueller’s Russia probe on November 20, Trump said he did not know about his son’s infamous meeting with Russians at Trump Tower in June of 2016, and he was not told by longtime confidant Roger Stone that WikiLeaks planned to dump unflattering information about the Hillary Clinton campaign. Both events are important if Mueller is going to prove that the Trump campaign was working with outside players like WikiLeaks and the Russians to influence the election’s outcome.
Jerome Corsi says he has a joint defense agreement with President Trump and was given limited immunity by Robert Mueller. The right wing author and associate of Trump adviser Roger Stone is a target of the Mueller probe for allegedly brokering deals with the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks, which he has denied. But in a new book, Corsi details a cover story he hatched with Stone to explain a 2016 tweet Stone sent out saying it would soon be Podesta’s “time in the barrel.” Not long after, WikiLeaks dumped hacked emails from the Hillary Clinton campaign manager’s account. Mueller gave Corsi limited immunity for describing that under oath, testimony which undercuts Stone’s claims that he did not collude with WikiLeaks to release the emails.
Roger Stone associate Jerome Corsi will not take a plea deal if Robert Mueller offers one. Corsi, suspected of being an intermediary between Stone and WikiLeaks, said Monday he’d rather go to prison than sign his name to a lie. He maintains that he had no contact with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange—Mueller’s team thinks he played a go-between role as Trump adviser Stone and the website conspired to publish hacked emails from Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign. Corsi denies he had any part in it.
—QUOTABLE: “They can put me in prison the rest of my life. I am not going to sign a lie.” -Corsi in an interview with CNN
—QUOTABLE: ”It is inconceivable that in America someone would be prosecuted for refusing to swear to a false narrative pushed on him by the Muller investigators.” -Stone
Barbra Streisand says women who voted for President Trump because they “don’t believe enough in their own thoughts.” In promoting her new anti-Trump protest album, the has-been Hollywood icon echoed Hillary Clinton’s earlier comments that women voted for Trump because their husbands told them to. Hillary was just too experienced and too fit for the presidency because she intimidates women, Streisand added.
—QUOTABLE: “Perhaps [Mrs. Clinton] made women feel unsuccessful…All of this was so devastating to me and I was heartbroken, so I wanted to write about it, sing about it and deliver an album. It was perfect timing, so I just did it.” -Streisand
New text messages released Wednesday support GOP operative and Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone’s claims about who he learned about WikiLeaks’ plans to release Hillary Clinton campaign emails. Where Stone learned about the website’s plans has been a central question in Robert Mueller’s investigation—Stone had claimed he learned about the email dump from a Randy Credico, and wasn’t working alongside WikiLeaks. Credico has denied that. But the new text messages strongly suggest Credico is lying and Stone was telling the truth, poking a big hole in the Mueller investigation’s attempts to prove the Trump campaign was colluding with foreign actors to rig the 2016 election.
Robert Mueller’s probe is facing accusations of a conflict of interest. An associate of conservative operative Roger Stone who was called to testify says he was questioned prior to his testimony by a lawyer who once represented Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation. The Stone associate, Tyler Nixon, said it’s “deeply troubling” that the lawyer, Jeannie Rhee, would be involved with the Mueller probe. Because of that conflict of interest, Nixon is calling for Rhee to be removed or to recuse herself from the investigation.
—QUOTABLE: “[Rhee’s involvement] was not disclosed to me prior to my testimony, and I find this to be deeply troubling and certainly Ms. Rhee should be recused or removed from the investigation.” -Nixon
A top Clinton adviser has a dire warning for America: Hillary Clinton plans to run again. Mark Penn in a Monday appearance on Fox & Friends said the twice-failed presidential candidate may be planning to re-brand herself as a “universal-health-care-promoting progressive firebrand” like she was back in 1994. Penn isn’t the first Clinton lackey to make the claim—Philippe Reines also said people should have their eye on Hillary after lavishing praise on her and her hypothetical candidacy. Hillary herself has also hinted she’s thinking about it.
—QUOTABLE: “Do not underestimate Hillary’s positioning to run again…Clintons never stop until they get where they want to go.” -Penn
—QUOTABLE: “[W]ell, I’d like to be president. I think, hopefully, when we have a Democrat in the Oval Office in January of 2021, there’s going to be so much work to be done.” -Hillary in an October interview
The Robert Mueller probe is turning its attention to a conspiracy theorist with ties to right-wing operative Roger Stone. They’re looking at Jerome Corsi, who recently sat down for a second round of interviews with the special counsel in the midst of his probe into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Mueller is supposedly interested in whether the 72 year old Corsi, formerly a contributor to conspiracy theory website InfoWars, had advance knowledge that WikiLeaks would release the emails of Hillary Clinton campaign manager John Podesta.
Nancy Pelosi agrees with Hillary Clinton: there can be no civility until the Democrats regain political power. The wannabe next House Speaker told late night host Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night that, “when we win, you will see evidence” of more civil political discourse from her side. Colbert had asked whether Pelosi has seen any evidence that Democrats are taking the advice of many to lower the temperature of the political discourse coming from her political allies.
—QUOTABLE: “There has been a lot of talk lately about lowering the temperature of political discourse…Have you seen evidence of that?” -Colbert
—QUOTABLE: “Well, I think when we win, you will see evidence of that. Because when we do win, we will have, as we open the new Congress, we will honor the vows of our founders, E pluribus unum, from many one…It’s OK to disagree in the marketplace of ideas, that’s exciting, but it is also important to find solutions that unify and not divide.” -Pelosi
Hillary Clinton implied she thinks all black people look alike. The twice-failed presidential candidate over the weekend was asked by Recode co-founder Kara Swisher about Sen. Cory Booker’s comment that when Republicans go low, we kick them. Eric Holder actually said that, which Clinton pointed out, adding “they all look alike.”
—QUOTABLE: “I know they all look alike,” Hillary joked to a round of shocked laughter.
“No, they don’t…Oh, well done.” -Swisher
Is Mark Zuckerberg going to run for president in 2020? According to Politico, the evidence is mounting. The billionaire Facebook founder and his wife recently hired liberal pollster Joel Benenson, who advised Hillary Clinton’s failed 2016 campaign, to work for the couples’ charity organization. They also hired David Plouffe, a top Obama adviser, as well as other strategists with political experience. Zuck is also on a 50 state “listening tour”—documented by a Bush/Obama photographer. He denies having presidential aspirations, but his net worth would immediately make him a formidable candidate.
Hillary Clinton is still considering a 2020 presidential run. The twice-failed candidate for president said on Friday she still “would like to be president” as a preface to talking about the ideal qualifications of a hypothetical replacement for President Trump. When pressed on the matter, Hillary claimed she wouldn’t make any decisions until after the 2020 midterms.
—QUOTABLE: “Look, I think, hopefully, when we have a Democrat in the Oval Office in January of 2021, there’s going to be so much work to be done…The work would be work that I feel very well-prepared for, having been in the Senate for 8 years, having been a diplomat in the State Department. It’s just gonna be a lot of heavy lifting.” -Hillary
Wednesday was marked by a string of bomb threats directed at liberal politicians, potentates, and organizations. The Secret Service intercepted “potential explosive devices” sent to Bill and Hillary Clinton in New York state, the Obamas in Washington, D.C., CNN’s Time Warner building in New York City, and others. The intercepted bomb intended for the Clintons—a pipe bomb filled with explosive powder—is similar to one found earlier at the nearby compound of liberal financier George Soros. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and former CIA Director John Brennan were also targets of the terrorist. The White House strongly condemned the attacks and said a major federal investigation is underway.
—QUOTABLE: “The Secret Service has initiated a full scope criminal investigation that will leverage all available federal, state, and local resources to determine the source of the packages and identify those responsible.” -Secret Service statement
In the wake of a spate of attempted bombings of left-leaning politicians and organizations, President Trump on Wednesday condemned “political violence of any kind” and called for unity. Suspicious packages and homemade bombs sent to Bill and Hillary Clinton, the Obamas, George Soros and others prompted a major federal investigation, the president said. To boot, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders offered a lengthy condemnation and promised the would-be terrorist responsible will be found and justice will be served.
—QUOTABLE: “As we speak the packages are being inspected and a major federal investigation is under way…An investigation is being conducted to bring those responsible for these despicable acts to justice. We will spare no expenses.” -Trump
—QUOTABLE: “[W]e condemn the attempted violent attacks recently made against President Obama, President Clinton, Secretary Clinton, and other public figures. These terrorizing acts are despicable, and anyone responsible will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.” -Sarah Sanders
Hillary Clinton’s publicly maneuvers are drumming up speculation she’s planning yet another doomed presidential run. The twice-failed candidate has recently showed up on the bombed reboot of “Murphy Brown,” popped up on CBS’s “Madam Secretary,” and dropped into an episode of “The Late Show” with Stephen Colbert. She and Bill are also embarking on a nation-wide comedy tour—speaking tour—being billed as a sort of fireside chat with the couple.
—“This kind of cameo stuff comes off as a novelty and won’t help resuscitate her career as a political leader…Rhetorically, doing these television cameos almost signals that her real influence on the national stage is pretty much over.” -Jeffrey McCall, professor of media studies at DePaul University
Trevor Noah slammed Hillary Clinton on Monday. The late night comedian said the twice-failed presidential candidate, in attacking President Trump, is “trying to deflect” from Bill’s own sexual misconduct. Clinton on “CBS Sunday Morning” said her husband should not have resigned over his affair with Monica Lewinsky. Monica was an adult at the time, Hillary said, and tired to change the subject to Trump. It’s “not cool” that she’s “trying to deflect and make this about Trump,” and times have changed since the 90s, Noah said.
—QUOTABLE: “Maybe it was different in the ‘90s, but today, I think we’re all understanding that there’s a massive power imbalance between an intern and the president of the United States…I mean, forget intern, a president with anyone is a power imbalance.” -Trevor Noah
Hillary Clinton has hit another wall — this time literally. Video captured Tuesday showed the van carrying her clunk right into a parking structure support beam. She appeared to be fine exiting the van. No word on what caused the bone-headed mishap; it’s likely the driver misjudged the turn. She was in New Jersey raising money for Sen. Bob Menendez.
Former first lady Michelle Obama is repudiating the pot stirring rhetoric by Hillary Clinton and Eric Holder. On “The Today Show,” Mrs. Obama answered questions about Hillary’s comments that civility can only return when Republicans are drummed out of power, and Holder’s comments about kicking the political opposition. Michelle, who famously said “when they go low, we go high,” said “fear is not a proper motivator.” She reiterated her husband’s failed campaign promise of bringing hope to politics. We don’t want our kids to grow up and be vengeful, Mrs. Obama said.
—QUOTABLE: “Absolutely. Fear is not a proper motivator…Hope wins out, and if you think about how you want your kids to be raised, how you want them to think about life and their opportunities, do you want them afraid of their neighbors? Do you want them angry? Do you want them vengeful?” -Michelle Obama
Hot on the heels of twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s promise that there will be no civility until Republicans are out of power, former attorney general Eric Holder is doubling down. “When they go low, we kick them,” Holder told a crowd at a campaign event for Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. The comment is an uglier riff on former first lady Michelle Obama’s comment, “when they go low, we go high.” Which turned out to not be true at all.
—QUOTABLE: “Michelle [Obama] always says, ‘When they go low, we go high.’ No. No. When they go low, we kick them…That’s what this new Democratic Party is about. We’re proud as hell to be Democrats, we’re going to fight for the ideals of the Democratic party . . . we’re in this to win.” -Holder
The flogging will continue until Dems regain power, says Hillary Clinton. In an interview with Clinton News Network’s Christiane Amanpour, the twice-failed presidential candidate rejected the idea that the country should return to civility after the Kavanaugh confirmation circus. Civility can only return when Democrats take control of Congress, she argued. The Clintons on Monday announced a 13-stop comedy tour—speaking tour—called “an evening with the Clintons.” Tickets start at $250,000 or three tons of uranium ore.
—QUOTABLE: “You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about…That’s why I believe, if we are fortunate enough to win back the House and or the Senate, that’s when civility can start again. But until then, the only thing that the Republicans seem to recognize and respect is strength.” -HRC
Clinton indicated she’s still harboring a 25 year old vendetta against the GOP: “I remember what they did to me for 25 years — the falsehoods, the lies, which unfortunately people believe because the Republicans have put a lot of time, money, and effort in promoting them.”