Hillary Clinton forcefully and unequivocally rejected on Friday the prospect that her presidential campaign could be derailed by any new emails or scandals related to the Clinton Foundation.
“Are you certain that there are no emails or foundation ties to foreign entities that will be revealed that could perhaps permanently impact your presidential prospects?” co-host Mika Brzezinski asked Clinton during a telephone interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“Mika, I am sure, and I am sure because I have a very strong foundation of understanding about the foundation—not to have a play on words—that the kind of work the foundation has done which attracted donors from around the world is work that went right into providing services to people,”Clinton replied.
Clinton reiterated that neither she, nor Bill Clinton, nor Chelsea Clinton have “taken a penny” for the work of the foundation.
“My work as secretary of state was not influenced by outside sources. I made policy decisions based on what I thought to keep Americans safe and protect our interests abroad,” Clinton said. “I believe my aides also acted appropriately. And we have gone above and beyond most of the charities that I understand, beyond legal requirements, beyond standards to voluntarily disclose donors and also to reduce sources of funding that raised questions — not that we thought they were necessarily legitimate, but to avoid those questions.”
Donald Trump has been repeatedly hammering Clinton for alleged “pay for play” in which Clinton Foundation donors got access to powerful political figures during Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state. Conservative group Judicial Watch was been fueling the scandal by obtaining more troves of emails that show Clinton’s aides working with top foundation officials to set up meetings for donors.
Brzezinski remarked that it “raised questions,” asking, for example, if “a Republican candidate who was actually credible was running against you and served as secretary of state and took donations from foreign entities, wouldn’t you be criticizing him or her for a conflict of interest?” Additionally, Brzezinski inquired as to whether, “in retrospect” it was not a good idea not to make changes to the foundation’s structure announced earlier this month seven years ago when she became secretary of state.
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