As I wrote in a previous article, the Clinton Foundation has come under serious criticism following the release of the poignant book and documentary Clinton Cash.
The publication’s tagline, “everything is for sale” refers to the numerous instances in which key foundation donors were rewarded with favors and preferential treatment by Hillary’s State Department.
“I definitely think if she (Hillary) wins the presidency, they have to disband it,” said longtime Clinton ally Ed Rendell.
These concerns were echoed by media sources on the left and the right, with several major editorial boards calling for an end to the suspicious organization.
The Los Angeles Times’ editorial board asks the Clintons to bequeath the charity to someone with no ties to their family, while the Minneapolis Star-Tribune editorial board demands it be shut down altogether:
“There is only one way to mitigate the damage at this point. As painful as it would be, the Clintons must shut down what until recently was known as the Bill, Hillary, & Chelsea Clinton Foundation. The half-measures being proposed don’t go far enough and leave the issue as one that will plague her until the last days of this election and perhaps beyond.”
Bill Clinton responded to these demands by promising to resign from his position in the foundation if Hillary is elected in November. Chelsea Clinton, who serves as Vice Chairwoman, confirmed that she would not be stepping down. Yesterday, Hillary told ABC that it wouldn’t be necessary for Bill to give up his “life’s work.”
Jason Miller, Senior Communications Adviser to Donald Trump, says this decision is akin to planting a “giant for sale sign on the White House lawn.”
“I don’t think there are conflicts of interest,” Hillary told ABC host David Muir. “I know that that’s what has been alleged and never proven. But nevertheless, I take it seriously…I’m very proud of the work that the Clinton Foundation has done,” she continued. “It’s a world-renowned charity because of the work that my husband has started and many, many people helped him with.”
In August, the conservative group Citizens United delivered a new series of State Department emails to ABC. The emails, released as part of a public records lawsuit, expose more evidence that allies of the Clinton Foundation received special treatment.
Clinton’s response to this accusation was to repeatedly claim that she never allowed any individual to influence her decisions. “I feel very good about the work of the foundation,” she said. “I feel very good about my service as secretary of state. No decision I ever made was influenced by anybody.”
“What I made a decision based on was what was good for the United States, what was good for our values, our interests, and our security. And the State Department has confirmed there’s no evidence of any such influence at all.”