Fox’s Chris Wallace confronts ‘Clinton Cash’ author: ‘You don’t have a single piece of evidence’
Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday pointed out to conservative author Peter Schweizer that his new book failed to connect the dots between speaking fees earned by former President Bill Clinton and policies supported by Hillary Clinton while she served as secretary of state.
During an interview on Fox News Sunday about his book, “Clinton Cash,” Schweizer suggested that Hillary Clinton approved a deal that eventually allowed the Russian government to control some U.S. uranium mines.
But Wallace noted that the deal was approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), a panel of nine different federal agencies.
“It’s not just the State Department,” Wallace explained. “It’s nine separate agencies… There is no hard evidence — and you don’t cite any in the book — that Hillary Clinton took direct action, was involved in any way in approving, as one nine agencies, the sale of the company.”
Schweizer argued that “any one of those agencies had veto power so she could have stopped the deal.”
“You don’t have a single piece of evidence that she was involved in this deal, that she sent a memo to the State Department person that was on this committee and said, ‘Hey, we want to approve the uranium sale,'” Wallace pressed.
“I am a journalist,” Schweizer insisted. “I don’t have access to government records. I certainly don’t have access to her emails, which it doesn’t seem like anybody does. But the fundamental question is, with this deal and with the others we cite in the book, is it coincidence in a pattern that we see repeated dozens of times where large Clinton supporters have business before the State Department, they make large payments and favorable actions are taken?”
“I don’t think that coincidences occur that frequently,” he added.
Later in the interview, Wallace also observed that Schweizer had worked for former Republican President George W. Bush and the conservative website Breitbart.
For his part, Schweizer asserted that he had a record of investigating both Republicans and Democrats.
“The facts are the facts,” he said. “And when we finished researching and writing this book, we went to the investigative units at The New York Times, The Washington Post and Fox News and ABC precisely because I wanted this evidence to be evaluated and looked at, to not be seen in partisan terms.”
Watch the video below from Fox News, broadcast April 26, 2015.