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Schweizer: ‘Legitimate Questions’ About How Jeb Has Made Money, But It’s Not As Bad as Clintons

Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large and author of “Clinton Cash” and “Bush Bucks,” Peter Schweizer said that while “there’s not a comparison” between the Bushes and the Clintons, “there’s legitimate questions about Jeb and how Jeb has made his money” on Wednesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Schweizer said, “it’s important for people to recognize that you have a lot of people that leave public life, and they go and they work on Wall Street, or other places and they create this impression that, well, I’m working in ‘private equity.’ So, I’m a banker just like everyone else, and the fact of the matter is, people cash in after they leave public service, and they make lot of money because of their relationships, connections, and I would argue in cases, favors that they did for certain companies while they were in office.”

He added, “people are going to compare ‘Bush Bucks’ to ‘Clinton Cash.’ I would argue there’s not a comparison. Certainly in the case of the Bushes, I think there’s legitimate questions about Jeb and how Jeb has made his money, but look, in this case, we’re talking very clearly about Jeb Bush being governor for eight years, then leaving, and basically a handful of companies giving him — paying him a lot of money, and those companies did well during his tenure. In the case of the Clintons, we’re talking about something really unprecedented. We’re talking about a lot more money, and we’re talking about the Clinton family taking money simultaneously, while Hillary Clinton is secretary of state, and by the way, from foreign interests, that’s the other difference, I think, between what the Clintons have done and what the Bushes have done.”

Schweizer also commented on Bush and fellow GOP presidential candidate Ohio Governor John Kasich’s ties to Lehman Brothers. He stated, “I think look, either in the case of bush or Kasich, you can’t certainly blame the Lehman collapse on them, but no, I think it is a legitimate question, and it’s interesting when you look at Bush and Kasich at Lehman, one of the things that stands out is you have John Kasich, who was the chairman of the budget committee, very powerful in Washington, DC, you have Jeb Bush as governor, Jeb Bush actually gets paid three times what John Kasich does by Lehman Brothers, and the question becomes, why? I think we kind of indicate in ‘Bush Bucks’ why that is. But there’s no question when you attach and look at institutions like Wall Street, or banks, or healthcare companies, there are legitimate questions, because these are highly regulated industries that benefit from a close relationship with political figures.”

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