By Elahe Izadi and Alex Seitz-Wald
March 11, 2014
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 horse(expletive). 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."