“In light of recent events and allegations that Mr. Norman Hsu engaged in an illegal investment scheme, we have decided out of an abundance of caution to return the money he raised for our campaign,” Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson said in a statement Monday night. “An estimated 260 donors this week will receive refunds totaling approximately $850,000 from the campaign.”
Wolfson said the Clinton campaign also will vigorously review its fundraisers, including thorough criminal background checks, in the future. “In any instances where a source of a bundler’s income is in question, the campaign will take affirmative steps to verify its origin,” he said.
Flip Pidot’s been all over this angle since the beginning. Even for the Clinton machine, $850K is a lot of beans; they must have it on pretty good authority that most, if not all, of Hsu’s bundles are laundered. Otherwise, why not wait until the DOJ investigation is over to dump it?
Update: Ben Smith questions the timing. For once, so do I.
Update: Flip’s still running the numbers on Hsu’s bundles. $850,000 is a nice start. Now what about the other million?
Update: A suicide attempt, maybe? Yeesh.
That night, passengers on in the sleeper compartment across the aisle from his noticed a hat, a book and other items spilling into the hallway from under the door. The next morning, the drapes were still drawn. Returning from breakfast, one passenger peaked through the curtains and saw a person wedged against the door. The passenger, Joanne Segale, a retired school-bus driver from Sonora, Calif., knocked on the window but got no answer. Mrs. Segale said she saw that he appeared to be in fetal position, bare chested. “It appeared this person had fallen out of bed,” she said.
Eventually, three conductors used the crowbar to pry the door open.
Mrs. Segale said that Mr. Hsu “could not stand. He was acting like he didn’t understand them. They tried to get him up but he couldn’t walk.” At one point, Mr. Hsu asked the Amtrak attendants if he was in jail, according to Mrs. Segale.
When Mr. Hsu was helped to the bathroom, Mrs. Segale says she saw “lots and lots of medication in that room. I could see pills on the floor and rolling around.”