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Remember When Bill Clinton Was Accused of Trading White House Access for Political Favors?

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'Once upon a time, Americans, and GOP lawmakers, used to worry a great deal about access to the White House being traded for cheap political gain. The Clintons’ practice of rewarding big donors with sleepovers in the Lincoln Bedroom drew widespread condemnation. When allegations arose of  Chinese interests had illegally funneled donations to the Clinton-Gore re-election effort, the GOP controlled Senate investigated. Such concerns seem nearly quaint now. Mr. Trump isn’t yet known to be hosting pay-to-play pajama parties or dialing for dollars from his office. He has warped American foreign policy and directed administration officials to put the interests of his re-election campaign above those of American national security. This is not merely tacky or ethically dubious. It is a flagrant violation of his oath of office — one that should be of grave concern to lawmakers of both parties.'

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Yeah ...'waddabout' everyone does it?

"When Saudi Arabia was lobbying against a bill enabling 9/11 victims' families to sue the Saudis, the lobbyists and consultants the kingdom hired spent about a quarter million at Trump's luxury hotel in D.C. You don't have to posit a direct financial quid pro quo to see the danger here. Access is always half the game in lobbying. With Trump, personal relationships and proving yourself a like-minded man with similar tastes is invaluable. Trump is impressionable and new to politics, and we've seen how susceptible he can

'We know for a fact that foreign functionaries have assumed that patronizing Trump's properties. "Why wouldn't I stay at his hotel blocks from the White House," one Asian diplomat said right after the election, "so I can tell the new president, 'I love your new hotel!' Isn't it rude to come to his city and say, 'I am staying at your competitor?'" be to bad ideas from peers pushing evil agendas.

"Consider an underappreciated episode from this summer: Trump, in June, told counterintelligence officials briefing Trump that a particular "Chinese criminal" needed to be deported. The "criminal" was political dissident Guo Wengui, who was hiding from the Chinese government in the U.S. Where did Trump get this idea that Guo had to go? A letter from gambling magnate Steve Wynn, who also happened to be Trump's top fundraiser in his capacity as finance chairman of the Republican National Committee. Wynn, for his part, was busy trying to win the favor of the Chinese government for his casinos in Macau." says theWashington Examiner

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