Clinton to attend fundraiser with NFL's 'Deflategate' firm
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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMeet the lawyer Democrats call when it's recount time Overnight Defense — Presented by Raytheon — Mattis defends border deployment during visit to troops | Bolton aide exits WH after clash with first lady | House blocks Yemen war resolution | Report warns of erosion in US military superiority Exit polls show more women breaking with Republicans MORE is making a risky foray into New Hampshire politics, attending a fundraiser today hosted by the law firm whose investigation of Deflategate led to the suspension — since overturned — of New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady. 


The fundraising connection, first reported by WMUR, means that the Democratic front-runner will be socializing in Manhattan with the lawyers who are responsible for what many Patriots fans — and a number of Republicans running for president — view as a great injustice.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell thanked the firm — Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP — for its “thorough and independent investigation” that ultimately found it “more probable than not” that the Patriots deliberately deflated footballs in the AFC Championship Game. 

Goodell suspended Brady for four games, but a federal judge overturned the decision. 

Clinton has not offered an opinion on Deflategate, which makes her almost an anomaly in the crowded group of candidates running for president. 

Billionaire Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpMeet the lawyer Democrats call when it's recount time Avenatti denies domestic violence allegations: 'I have never struck a woman' Trump names handbag designer as ambassador to South Africa MORE, who describes Brady as a friend, has condemned the injustice. And so have Texas Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzO'Rourke receives invite to visit Iowa from Democratic Party in Des Moines O'Rourke and Cruz run into each other at Texas airport Texas congresswoman-elect says she would ‘love’ to see Beto run in 2020 MORE (who said Brady was framed), Ohio Gov. John Kasich and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

The conservative group American Crossroads is now calling on Clinton to cancel her "Deflategate fundraiser" to prove to New Hampshire voters "that she won't stand for wasting taxpayer dollars on ill-conceived witch hunts."
"It says a lot that the perpetually tone deaf Hillary Clinton would raise tainted Deflategate money from the lawyers that collected millions in a frivolous witch hunt of New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady," said American Crossroads communications director Ian Prior.
"Granite Staters would do well to remember this when she is hosting rallies in January shouting 'Go Patriots' in her fake New Hampshire accent."
Prior is understood to be a passionate Patriots fan.