Two Clinton allies gave well-known sexual harassment lawyer almost $700,000. And no, it wasn’t to put Bill Clinton away once and for all. It was to fund women willing to accuse President Trump of sexual misconduct.
David Brock, described as “Hillary Clinton’s fiercest loyalists during her campaign against Mr. Trump”, partially funded by pooling in $200,000. Susie Tompkins Bell, a fashion entrepreneur, and friend of Hillary pumped in almost $500,000.
According to the times, Lisa Bloom “seized on the political potency of sexual harassment charges against Mr. Trump not long after he clinched the Republican presidential nomination.” She also reached out to Clinton’s super PACs “for money to help her vet a sexual misconduct claim against Mr. Trump.”
Individuals “familiar with the arrangements,” said that David Brock also tried to get the ball rolling on accusations. A group founded by Brock called the American Bridge 21st Century Foundation “secretly spent $200,000 on an unsuccessful effort to bring forward accusations of sexual misconduct against Mr. Trump before Election Day.”
Emphasis on the unsuccessful effort part.
Brock also hopes to bring similar claims against other Republicans. According to sources, Brock “is considering creating a fund to encourage victims to bring forward similar claims against Republican politicians.”
While I completely side with helping victims come forward, isn’t it a little odd to exclusively target the Republican party? In my opinion, the fund should be completely nonpartisan. Of course, when you’re a friend of Hillary Clinton’s, it’s her way or the highway.
On her part, Susie Tompkins Buell refused to comment on her contribution. “But she expressed frustration that Mr. Trump has escaped the repercussions that have befallen other powerful men accused of similar misconduct.”
Why was the effort unsuccessful? The accusers wanted a lot of money. Kind of brings their moral code into question. “One woman requested $2 million, Ms. Bloom said, then decided not to come forward. Nor did any other women.”
Blooms says she “did not communicate with Mrs. Clinton or her campaign ‘on any of this.'” Bloom admits that she used “some funds to pay for our out-of-pocket expenses” while pursuing the accusations.