Remember Marc Rich, James Comey And Bill Clinton — Today’s headlines and top stories concern faux outrage by swamp-dwellers regarding a 20-minute meeting at which no deals were made and all participants agreed was a waste of time.
So with nothing in the news — well, there is looming nuclear war in Korea, revolution in Venezuela, the crushing defeat of ISIS in Mosul and looming massive changes to our health care delivery system but leave those things aside — let us have a history lesson.
And the history lesson is Marc Rich.
Marc Rich was a billionaire international commodoties trader whose clients included Fidel Castro, Marxist Angola, the Nicaraguan Sandinistas, Muammar Gaddafi, Nicolae Ceaușescu, Augusto Pinochet and the apartheid regime of South Africa.
After the overthrow of the Shah in Iran, he developed a special relationship with Ayatolla Khomeini and undermined our oil embargo with that terrorist-supporting nation.
In 1983, he and partner Pincus Green were indicted by then federal prosecutor Rudy Giuliani on 65 criminal counts including tax evasion, wire fraud, racketeering and trading with Iran during the embargo — while Iran was holding U.S. hostages.
Looking at 300 years in prison, he fled to Switzerland and lived on the lam with his great wealth.
On Jan. 20, 2001, his last day as president, Bill Clinton — that’s Hillary’s husband — pardoned Rich. Some cynics suggested the pardon was purchased with $1 million in campaign contributions to the Democrat National Committee, $100,000 to Hillary Clinton’s senate campaign and $450,000 to the Clinton Library foundaton.
And well, um, other things.
So an investigation was launched. Who was tasked with running it? Our old friend James Comey. He found nothing wrong. Nobody was surprised. The swamp takes care of its own.
The Trumps are not part of the swamp. Those who don’t live in Washington D.C. know full well that Donald Trump Jr. et al did nothing worth being upset about concerning that short meeting with Russian Natalia Veselnitskaya on June 9, 2016.
I mean it’s not like he propped up the Iranians and Castro and supported apartheid, right?