Alert the media! Tammy Bruce Show; Video: Payne says it’s perfectly legal to sell access

posted at 10:55 am on July 15, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

I’ll be appearing on the Tammy Bruce radio show today at 10:30 am PT/1:30 pm ET.  We’ll start off by discussing the story from this weekend about Stephen Payne and his attempt to sell access to Dick Cheney and Condoleezza Rice for contributions to the George W Bush presidential library — as well as actual foreign-policy results.  This story didn’t get a lot of attention, but it should have, and the Department of Justice needs to investigate this to see why the well-connected Payne felt so sanguine about making these offers, as well as for the obvious bribery and Logan Act violations.

Be sure to catch Tammy’s show on your local affiliate, or on her Internet stream.

Update: CNN has an update on this story.  Stephen Payne now insists that selling access to White House officials may look like bribery, but it’s not illegal.  Unfortunately for Payne, that only covers part of the issue:

If one watches the entire Times of London video, Payne promises more to the supposed agent for Aksayev than just a meeting. He strongly suggests that he can deliver a statement from the US government that will cast Aksayev, a Soviet holdover, as a good man who deserves a second chance in Kyrgyzstan. That’s not just access, which is bad enough, but actual foreign policy action — not to mention interference in Kyrgyzstan’s internal politics.

Payne was conducting a private foreign policy for profit. If that’s not a violation of the Logan Act, then the law has no use at all.


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GET YOUR FINGER OUT OF THE TRIGGER GUARD, TAMMY!!!

pseudonominus on July 15, 2008 at 10:57 AM

No offense, but GET YOUR FINGER OFF THAT TRIGGER!!

If you’re going to take a publicity shot with a firearm, at least follow the most basic safety rules! Sheez!!

Mojoski on July 15, 2008 at 10:58 AM

hah, that’s the first thing I noticed about that photo, keep yer stinkin nose picker off the effin trigger if you aren’t ready to put rounds downrange. Ditzy broad.

Alden Pyle on July 15, 2008 at 11:01 AM

Go Tammy.
My favorite neo-con, female, gun owning, lesbian, anti-leftist, recovering NOW member, pro-American, West Coast war hawk.
OK…she is also the only one of all those things but you get my point.

RobCon on July 15, 2008 at 11:03 AM

Talk show hosts are notoriously (rhetorically) trigger-happy.

jgapinoy on July 15, 2008 at 11:04 AM

Lesbian? How long has it been since she moved here from Greece?

jgapinoy on July 15, 2008 at 11:04 AM

Seriously, now–lesbian? What does she think of homosexual marriage?

jgapinoy on July 15, 2008 at 11:05 AM

I LOVE girls with guns!!!

I like em dangerous :)

right4life on July 15, 2008 at 11:07 AM

ok, they’re all dangerous…some are just more than others…

right4life on July 15, 2008 at 11:07 AM

Is it okay to be a little hot for her?

Darksean on July 15, 2008 at 11:11 AM

I LOVE girls with guns!!!

I like em dangerous :)

right4life on July 15, 2008 at 11:07 AM

Hear, hear!

Now if Dolce & Gabbana would only add a gun holster onto their handbags, we would have a few more armed ladies :D

MB007 on July 15, 2008 at 11:12 AM

That would be a great promotion photo for the ‘Judge Tammy Bruce’ show.

Give he a break on the trigger finger. A least she has one.

Limerick on July 15, 2008 at 11:13 AM

There was a big discussion about that trigger-guard thing on her website (and pretty much everywhere) when she first posted it… I agree with the majority who said to re-take it with her finger safe… but she really didn’t care what anyone else thought. That actually bothered me a lot; why give the hoplophobes more ammunition (so to speak)?

hindmost on July 15, 2008 at 11:14 AM

I would guarantee she knows what she’s doing with that gun.

mimi1220 on July 15, 2008 at 11:15 AM

How do y’all know she didn’t just use that gun on some liberal varmit?
Y’all need to listen to her show! If there was just some smoke coming out of the barrel it would help!

-Wasteland Man.

WastelandMan on July 15, 2008 at 11:22 AM

I’ll be sure to listen.

nazo311 on July 15, 2008 at 11:25 AM

Tammy rocks! That is all…

eanax on July 15, 2008 at 11:26 AM

Payne was conducting a private foreign policy for profit. If that’s not a violation of the Logan Act, then the law has no use at all.

Well, San Fran Nan was never charged for her little trip to visit Syria, sooooooo……..you are probably correct, Ed.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on July 15, 2008 at 11:41 AM

Oh so the Republicans are caught doing the same dirty tricks that the Democrats did. That way the people can really see the difference between the two parties. The difference seems to be the price that we’ll sell out for, apparently, the Democrats sell out cheaper. I guess that’s a good thing right?

Snake307 on July 15, 2008 at 11:42 AM

Stephen Payne

**spit on sidewalk**

Limerick on July 15, 2008 at 11:43 AM

If you know what you are doing with a firearm and Tammy Bruce knows what she is doing, then a finger on the trigger for a photo shoot is ok with me! Good grief we have become a nation of wimps! Do you all wear a silly helmet and knee pads when you get on your bike and drive at the posted limit at all times and wear sunscreen and do everything the safety nazis tell you to do?

sabbott on July 15, 2008 at 11:56 AM

Good grief we have become a nation of wimps! Do you all wear a silly helmet and knee pads when you get on your bike and drive at the posted limit at all times and wear sunscreen and do everything the safety nazis tell you to do?

sabbott on July 15, 2008 at 11:56 AM

So, you are in favor of disregarding basic firearm safety rules and demonstrating that disregard in a photo which will probably be seen and could be mimicked by some neophyte gun owners?

a capella on July 15, 2008 at 12:08 PM

He strongly suggests that he can deliver a statement from the US government that will cast Aksayev, a Soviet holdover, as a good man who deserves a second chance in Kyrgyzstan.

Yes and President Clinton delivered a ton of pardons to those that donated, which again is not against the law. Yes, while this video sounds bad it actually shows business as usual in our political system now.

JeffinSac on July 15, 2008 at 12:13 PM

Tammy is the Left’s worst nightmare.

TheBigOldDog on July 15, 2008 at 12:24 PM

There ought be a law!

Oh wait–there already is…

Bob's Kid on July 15, 2008 at 12:25 PM

By “the Logan Act,” I assume you’re referring to 18 U.S.C. § 953. It seems to me that if the President is the one making a statement, then that statement is made with the authority of the United States. What Payne allegedly did is troubling, but I’m not sure it’s a crime. Maybe somebody smarter than I am in the DOJ can figure it out.

bigbeas on July 15, 2008 at 12:28 PM

So, you are in favor of disregarding basic firearm safety rules and demonstrating that disregard in a photo which will probably be seen and could be mimicked by some neophyte gun owners?

a capella on July 15, 2008 at 12:08 PM

OH MY GOODNESS! Personal responsibility.

mimi1220 on July 15, 2008 at 12:41 PM

So, you are in favor of disregarding basic firearm safety rules and demonstrating that disregard in a photo which will probably be seen and could be mimicked by some neophyte gun owners?

a capella on July 15, 2008 at 12:08 PM

OH MY GOODNESS! Personal responsibility.

mimi1220 on July 15, 2008 at 12:41 PM

Thank you! I believe we are a free people that should live as a free people and with that freedom comes responsibility that if not taken seriously results in consequences. Other than that, leave me the hell alone! I don’t need some “do gooder” from some do gooder organization or the government to tell me how to live my life, thank you very much!

sabbott on July 15, 2008 at 12:51 PM

Have any of you ever seen an action movie poster? The characters’ fingers are all on the triggers. This is an artistic photo, not a gun safety banner.

Stop your obsession with correcting women on how to use tools that boys didn’t used to allow women near. Just because most boys don’t know how to handle what they have, doesn’t mean we don’t.

ashleymatt on July 15, 2008 at 2:23 PM

The reason you guys are siding with this broad is because she’s not Tereza Heinz Kerry ugly.

There’s only one moment when your finger should be on the trigger, I don’t care if you’re a girl or a man.

She looks like a dope, a newbie, a boot. Striking a pose like that makes her look like she hasn’t a clue when it comes to BASIC firearm safety.

Alden Pyle on July 15, 2008 at 3:02 PM

Oh yeah, Ed used the Tammy Radio with Snuffy pic on the Hot Air site bringing up all sorts of comments from the Trigger Nazis, also known as Controlling Incontinent Sissies.

SnarkVader on July 15, 2008 at 3:11 PM

I always enjoyed Tammy’s interviews with Bryan Preston and now with Ed. She’s a smart, lovely person.

As for the gun handling, we’ll have to work on that. A few thousand rounds at the range and she’ll handle that pistol like a pro.

Zorro on July 15, 2008 at 8:47 PM