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Weekly Washington Wrap
Done Debatin’ In the first bright news to be reported out of the ugly campaign for the 2016 race for the White House between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at least there’s this – the debates are over. The last one was held last night in Las Vegas, Nevada with Fox News’ Chris Wallace moderating. By near unanimous consent, Wallace was the clear winner of the night, as one pundit wrote, Wallace “focused heavily on questions of substance” and “stayed away from the distractions.”
Cookin’ the Classifieds? In the continued web of new revelations regarding Hillary Clinton's handling of classified information and controversy surrounding the FBI's unique probe of Clinton and her top aides following Clinton’s use of a home rigged server and private email to conduct all official business for the four years she worked as secretary of state for Obama, we learned this week that a senior State Department official closely associated with Clinton repeatedly “pressured” the FBI to declassify at least one of Clinton’s emails. According to documents released Monday by the FBI, State Department Undersecretary for Management Patrick Kennedy proposed a “quid pro quo” to convince the FBI to strip the classification on an email from Hillary Clinton’s server, allegedly offering additional slots for the bureau overseas if it would de-classify a particular email marked “SECRET.” The email in question had to do with the 2012 terror attacks and murders – including that of a US ambassador – at the US diplomatic outpost in Benghazi. As has been the case throughout these revelations regarding Clinton’s emails and the unusual federal investigation surrounding them, both the FBI and the State Department strongly deny any wrongdoing and say there was never any quid pro quo.
Pipeline Politics For many Canadians and Americans the Keystone XL Pipeline project was – and remains – a critical bilateral issue. But last summer, according to yet another WikiLeaks, faced with the realization that Clinton’s email story wasn’t going away, Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook, floated the idea of Clinton coming out against the Keystone pipeline as a way to “distract” from her email controversy. The advice apparently wasn’t followed at that time because Clinton would wait more than a month to announce her rejection of the project.
David Does the Decades!
So some of our most devoted Carolina-Canada Connections readers may know that your former US ambassador to Canada, David Wikins, celebrated a lil milestone birthday last week. And since it's a pretty big deal when one reaches a big milestone, this week the Greenville Office of Nelson Mullins threw him a big ol' luncheon to celebrate!
About 200 special guests packed the Poinsett Ballroom of the Westin Hotel to toast (and roast!) the former diplomat and longtime speaker of the South Carolina House including, of course, his beloved, Susan Wilkins and son James Wilkins. (Editor's note: Robert, Stephanie and the wonder twins, Whit and Clary, were off on a cruise celebrating Robert's 40th birthday, just FYI.) The program featured some of Wilkins’ closest friends including South Carolina Supreme Court Justice John Kittredge and was keynoted by none other than US Senator Lindsey Graham.
James, Susan and David Wilkins celebrate his big 7-0!
SC Supreme Court Justice and Wilkins' great friend, John Kittredge, offers a blessing over David and the luncheon crowd.
A huge crowd helps Nelson Mullins celebrate David Wilkins’ birthday!
Nelson Mullins partner, Greenville Office Manager, and longtime Wilkins buddy Tim Madden, welcomes the crowd with a few good jokes.
Nelson Mullins Managing Partner Jim Lehman, US Senator Lindsey Graham, and James Wilkins apparently like what they're hearing!
Congressman Trey Gowdy, Senator Graham, and David Wilkins.
The event featured a display of Wilkins’ memorabilia from his years serving as US ambassador and SC speaker, exhibited by the University of South Carolina Special Collections Library and our great friend, Director Herb Hartsook.
Luncheon guests checkout memorabilia from Wilkins decades of service.
USC Special Collections Director Herb Hartsook and your former US ambassador to Canada.
They Said What?
- "And there was one where Hillary Clinton's chief speechwriter sent to Cheryl Mills, the chief of staff in the State Department saying, 'Oh, Hillary's changing her position on the Keystone pipeline, and let's leak that so she won't have to say it herself publicly.' Now, this is this culture of concealment, the failure to have straight talk, and it's quite likely Hillary Clinton's going to win and be the next president. I think the question becomes for her and for voters: is she going to be able to govern? You talk to lots of people who are her supporters, and they say, you know, she may be elected, but she will be a weak president," – Washington Post famed reporter Bob Woodward on CBS News discussing how Clinton’s scandals compare to Richard Nixon and Watergate.
- "I will look at it at the time. What I'm saying is that I will tell you at the time. I'll keep you in suspense,” – Donald Trump regarding whether he’ll “accept” the results of the election at the third and final presidential debate last night.
- “I’m already at odds with the most organized and wildest of the environmental movement. They come to my rallies and they yell at me and, you know, all the rest of it. They say, ‘Will you promise never to take any fossil fuels out of the earth ever again?’ No. I won't promise that. Get a life, you know," – Hillary Clinton speaking to a building trades union last September – only weeks before she publicly came out against the Keystone XL pipeline – as revealed by WikiLeaks this week.
- "Because I have become a hack I will send u the whole section that pertains to u [sic]. Please don't share or tell anyone I did this … tell me if I f*cked up anything," – Politico chief White House political correspondent and senior staff writer Glenn Thrush in a WikiLeaks email sending an entire section of an article pertaining to Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta to Podesta for approval before publication.
- “I don't think that he can do it himself. He needs an act of God or an act of Putin,” – Columnist and author Charles Krauthammer on Fox News regarding the low chances he gives to Donald Trump for winning the election.
If you are interested in the possibility of having Ambassador Wilkins speak at an event, please contact Christy Cox at Christy.Cox@nelsonmullins.com or call 803.255.9470.
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