WASHINGTON — The publisher of “Clinton Cash,” the book outlining the murky ties between the Clintons and the foreign governments that contributed to their various financial interests, reportedly corrected “seven or eight” inaccurate passages in an updated version this week.
“An updated version of your past Kindle purchase … is now available,” reads an email from publisher Harper Collins first reported by Politico. “The updated version contains the following changes: Significant revisions have been made.”
When news of — titled “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich” — broke, Republicans pounced on what was reported as a blueprint for attacks on the Clintons’ moneymaking empire. But the revisions are certain to give Clinton backers ammunition in their efforts to discredit the book.
According to Politico, the updated version removes a passage outlining how Bill Clinton gave paid speeches to TD Bank, a shareholder in the Keystone XL pipeline, and the bank said it would begin selling its shares in Keystone after Hillary Clinton left the State Department. But author Peter Schweizer reportedly cited a fake press release as his source for TD Bank’s plans to sell its Keystone shares.
The updated version also edits a section on Bill Clinton’s alleged payments from Irish billionaire Denis O’Brien for three speaking engagements in Ireland, while one of O’Brien’s companies was benefitting from State Department grants on Hillary Clinton’s watch. Bill Clinton’s spokesman has said the former president was never personally paid for the speeches he gave, and the Clinton Foundation was paid for only one.
In a statement, a Harper Collins spokesperson told Politico that the email telling Kindle users to update was a “routine notification” and the changes “are actually quite minor.”
Schweizer copped up to the corrections in an interview with Bloomberg, but said they were “all minor.”