A Republican and a Democrat walk into a bar; each is offered some form of a gift by a local business. They both accept. The Republican is arrested and tried in court, while the Democrat becomes the nominee for the presidential election.
I wish this was a joke.
In September 2014, former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell (R) and wife Maureen McDonnell were convicted of corruption charges after accepting around $177,000 in gifts and loans from CEO of Starr Scientific, Jonnie R. Williams, Sr.. Just over the summer, the Supreme Court of the United States tossed out the case, saying that “the trial court judge had given jurors too broad a definition of what constitutes an ‘official act’ under federal bribery law.”
After almost three years of this nonsense, McDonnell now sits under the burden of $10 million in legal fees.
Rewind to 2009, when the State Department was crafting its high profile guest list for a private dinner on the topic of higher education. At the time, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton conveniently suggested that a representative from Laureate International Universities be included, as the company was “the fastest growing college-network in the world.” Oh, and the fact that Bill Clinton happened to be buddy-buddy with Laureate’s founder, Doug Becker, someone that “Bill likes a lot,” according to Hillary.
Nine months later, Bill Clinton signed a $17.6 million contract to be the “honorary chancellor” for Laurette, with a contract ending in 2015, just before the 2016 election kicked in.
Governor Bob McDonnell was dragged through the mud for nearly three years, ending with $10 million in legal fees and SCOTUS saying the lower court’s conviction of him was in fact, not right. He endured all of this because of $177,000.
Corruption is corruption, but why was Bob McDonnell pursued so vehemently for this amount, when no one seems to bother about Bill Clinton’s near $18 million contract, courtesy of then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton? That, and the fact that SCOTUS unanimously threw out McDonnell’s conviction?
The comparison of these two cases is a shining example of politics skewing how the law is carried out. As a successful Republican governor who consistently left the Commonwealth of Virginia with a budget surplus & lower unemployment rates, McDonnell was wrongly convicted and sentenced to two years in prison. But Democrat Hillary Clinton, guilty of at least perjury, and blatantly exchanging favors in her “pay to play” game, skates on towards the presidency. It must be nice to live above the law.