Clintonworld Goes After The Washington Post

A Hillary Clinton adviser is implicated in the D.C. corruption scandal but an aide fires back, calling the allegations “bizarre and brazenly false.”

National Journal
Alex Seitz Wald and Elahe Izadi
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Alex Seitz-Wald Elahe Izadi
March 11, 2014, 12:30 p.m.

The cor­rup­tion scan­dal that has rocked loc­al polit­ics in D.C. now has a Hil­lary Clin­ton aide in the mix, one who has served as a close ad­viser and has been in­volved with Clin­ton’s fu­ture plans for pub­lic life.

Minyon Moore, a close Clin­ton con­fid­ant, has been con­nec­ted to the guilty plea of busi­ness­man Jef­frey Thompson, who ad­mit­ted to fed­er­al pro­sec­utors that he made $3.3 mil­lion in il­leg­al cam­paign con­tri­bu­tions. Court pa­pers al­lege that Moore had asked him to pay for pro-Clin­ton ef­forts in Pu­erto Rico and four states, The Wash­ing­ton Post‘s Matea Gold and Ros­alind Hel­d­er­man re­port. It doesn’t ap­pear there is evid­ence show­ing Clin­ton knew about it, pro­sec­utors say.

Burns Strider, a long­time Clin­ton aide who now works with the pro-Clin­ton rap­id-re­sponse group Cor­rect the Re­cord, called the al­leg­a­tions “bizarre and brazenly false.” Strider de­fen­ded Moore, with whom he’s worked with over the years, and called The Post‘s re­port­ing “ir­re­spons­ible.”

“I think it’s horse­shit. I think The Wash­ing­ton Post is act­ing like some kind of an In­ter­net blog or something in­stead of do­ing real re­port­ing,” he told Na­tion­al Journ­al. “I think it’s pretty clear through everything that’s come out that [Moore] didn’t do any­thing wrong and has been ex­on­er­ated and has been fully help­ful in the case, and that’s the bot­tom line.”

A spokes­per­son for The Wash­ing­ton Post told Na­tion­al Journ­al that “the story is based on pub­licly avail­able doc­u­ments,” and that the pa­per gave Moore “ample time to reply.”

Strider said the al­leg­a­tions will do noth­ing to hurt Clin­ton, who is con­sid­er­ing a pres­id­en­tial run in 2016, and said the former first lady’s re­la­tion­ship with Moore will not suf­fer. “I can tell you right now that there will be no strained re­la­tion­ship. Minyon’s ad­vice and friend­ship [are] bey­ond re­proach. Any­one would know that they would suf­fer a loss by not hav­ing her on their team.”

“Minyon — she’s got more char­ac­ter in her high heels than this whole town does put to­geth­er,” Strider ad­ded. “There are le­gions of people — you could just go through the phone book and start call­ing people about Minyon and you’re go­ing to hear this over and over and over.”

Oth­ers who have been im­plic­ated in Thompson’s guilty plea have also called the al­leg­a­tions false, in­clud­ing D.C. May­or Vin­cent Gray, who said “these are ab­so­lute lies.”

The court pa­pers de­scribe a shad­ow cam­paign for a pres­id­en­tial cam­paign, with a per­son iden­ti­fied as “In­di­vidu­al A” in­volved, which The Post re­ports is Moore.

Amer­ica Rising, a GOP su­per PAC ded­ic­ated to op­pos­i­tion re­search, smelled blood. “If Hil­lary’s 2008 team’s only refuge is a ‘stat­ute of lim­it­a­tion’ law, that might save them from jail time but will be a tough­er sell to voters,” the group said in a blog post, not­ing that the stat­ute of lim­it­a­tions on any pos­sible vi­ol­a­tions would have already passed.

Moore’s con­nec­tion came to light in Septem­ber. Her firm main­tains that she “was en­tirely un­aware of any in­ap­pro­pri­ate activ­it­ies,” ac­cord­ing to The Post.

Moore served as a Clin­ton ad­viser dur­ing her 2008 bid. And if Clin­ton did de­cide to run again in 2016, Moore would likely be a top ad­viser, too. For in­stance, Moore helped or­gan­ize an hour­long, form­al gath­er­ing for Clin­ton about her 2016 pres­id­en­tial pro­spects.

Moore is a long­time, be­hind-the-scenes Demo­crat­ic polit­ic­al op­er­at­ive. A Chica­go nat­ive who put her­self through school while work­ing at En­cyc­lo­pe­dia Brit­an­nica, she joined what would be­come Rain­bow/PUSH, and then went on to serve as a deputy field dir­ect­or in Jesse Jack­son’s pres­id­en­tial cam­paign.

She also served in sev­er­al ca­pa­cit­ies in the Clin­ton White House, and in 2000, went on to be­come CEO at the Demo­crat­ic Na­tion­al Com­mit­tee.

This story was up­dated at 5:30 p.m. with a state­ment from The Wash­ing­ton Post.

Up­date (5:50 p.m.):

Moore’s firm, Dewey Square Group, called the Post re­port “in­ac­cur­ate” in a state­ment to Na­tion­al Journ­al. The group says that Moore’s ac­tions de­tailed in the court doc­u­ments ask­ing Thompson to “con­trib­ute and raise money dir­ectly for the cam­paign” were leg­al. They also re­it­er­ated that Moore ac­ted ap­pro­pri­ately and “with the highest eth­ic­al and pro­fes­sion­al stand­ards. Noth­ing that happened yes­ter­day changes these facts.”

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