Last night Hillary was pressed by CNN’s Anderson Cooper on potential conflicts of interest created by the Clinton Foundation during her tenure as Secretary of State. As we pointed out in a recent post (see “Over Half Of Hillary’s Private Meetings As Secretary Were With Donors Who Paid $156 Million“), at least 85 of 154 people from private interests who met or spoke to Clinton while she led the State Department, donated to her family charity. Moreover, donations by those 85 private interests were found to have donated as much as $156 million in aggregate to the Clinton Foundation.
Meanwhile, Trump has grown increasingly critical of the Clinton Foundation’s work in recent days calling for an “expedited investigation by a special prosecutor.” Per the Washington Post, earlier this week Trump referred to the Clinton Foundation as a “corrupt enterprise” and said that it should “shut down immediately.”
“The Clintons have spent decades as insiders lining their own pockets and taking care of donors instead of the American people. It is now clear that the Clinton Foundation is the most corrupt enterprise in political history. What they were doing during Crooked Hillary’s time as Secretary of State was wrong then, and it is wrong now. It must be shut down immediately.”
Clinton disputed Trump’s claims as “ridiculous” during her interview with CNN saying that her work as Secretary of State was not influenced by “outside forces.”
“What Trump has said is ridiculous. My work as secretary of state was not influenced by any outside forces. I made policies based on what I thought was right.”
“What we did when I was secretary of state, as I said, went above and beyond anything that was required, anything that any charitable organization has to do.”
The Clinton’s exacerbated the controversy when the campaign recently announced they would restructure leadership roles at the Clinton Foundation in the event Hillary was elected President. This restructuring, including removing Bill from the Foundation board, has led many to question why the Foundation was not deemed to be a conflict while Hillary served as Secretary of State why implicitly agreeing that it would be a conflict during a Hillary Presidency.
“Obviously, If I am president, there will be some unique circumstances and that’s why the foundation has laid out additional, unprecedented steps that it will take if I am elected.”
When pressed on whether those “unique circumstances” existed during her tenure as Secretary of State Clinton said there’s “a lot of smoke” but “no fire.”
“No, no. Look, Anderson, I know there’s a lot of smoke and there’s no fire.”
Given how difficult this interview was for Hillary to navigate (and with a “friendly” network, no less), we’re not surprised that she has elected to skip press conferences for the past 260 days.