Democrats love to claim that former Vice President Dick Cheney called the shots during George W. Bush’s presidency.
The recent Christian Bale film “Vice” didn’t exactly help matters.
What’s wild is that Cheney nearly became president, back in 2005.
Apparently, 43 was almost assassinated by a grenade attack during his second term.
Here’s the scoop…
An attack on former President George W. Bush in 2005 that was brushed off at the time could have caused serious injuries to the then-president, the Washington Examiner reports.
Jared Cohen’s “Accidental Presidents,” which comes out April 9, details an incident in May, 2005, when a Georgian man threw a grenade at Bush during a trip to Tbilisi, Georgia. The grenade, which was live, ended up bouncing off someone and landing more than 60 feet away from Bush, and was so tightly wrapped in a handkerchief that it failed to go off.
Cheney noted, “I gather it was pretty serious, but I actually didn’t know and I don’t think the president knew until we were back in the car.”
How scary is that?
Whether you loved Bush or not, Democrat or Republican, a proud American would never cheer the near assassination of the commander-in-chief.
At least, one would hope.
Dubya’s brother, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, was at one point the favorite to earn the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.
He sparred back and forth with Donald Trump before dropping from the race early on.
Now, a pro-Bush super PAC has been hit with the third largest fine in FEC history for accepting illegal contributions from a Chinese corporation.
The Federal Election Commission on Monday doled out $940,000 in fines to the super PAC that backed Jeb Bush’s 2016 presidential bid and a Chinese-owned corporation that made illegal donations to it.
The unusually large FEC fines came after the commission found evidence Bush’s super PAC took money from a foreign national, which is prohibited under federal election law. The super PAC, Right to Rise, was fined $390,000 for the violation, while the FEC gave an additional $550,000 fine to American Pacific International Capital, Inc. The company had donated $1.3 million to Bush’s super PAC in the spring of 2015, as Bush was gearing up for a run for president.
“Today’s action is a rare and remarkable step by the FEC, and a reminder that safeguarding our elections against foreign interference is in America’s vital national security interests,” said Trevor Potter, president of the Campaign Legal Center, which filed a complaint about the donations in August 2016 to the FEC. “This illegal $1.3 million contribution is unmistakable proof that Citizens United opened the floodgates to foreign money in the U.S., and it is surely the tip of the iceberg.”