Clinton defends Foundation: ‘There’s a lot of smoke and there’s no fire’

Clinton defends Foundation: ‘There’s a lot of smoke and there’s no fire’

Hillary Clinton, Photo by Doug Christian/Talk Media News
Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail last year. (Doug Christian/TMN/file)

Washington (Talk Media News) – Hillary Clinton defended the Clinton Foundation Wednesday night, claiming that there was no impropriety springing from her tenure at the State Department.

“There’s a lot of smoke and there’s no fire,” Clinton said during an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

Clinton in particular pushed back a recent Associated Press report that revealed that among the individuals from the private sector that she met with while Secretary of State, half had donated to her family’s foundation.

“It draws a conclusion and made a suggestion that my meetings with people like the late great Elie Wiesel or Melinda Gates or the Nobel Prize winner Muhammad Yunus were somehow due to connections with the foundation instead of their status as highly respected global leaders,” Clinton said. “That is absurd.”

While Clinton has denied any wrongdoing, the foundation has said that if she is elected, they will no longer accept donations from corporate entities of foreign governments.

Donald Trump and the campaign’s top surrogates have alleged that Clinton traded access for donations while in the Obama administration, with Trump describing the foundation as “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,” Trump said in a statement on Monday. “It must be shut down immediately.”

There have been no indications that Clinton has traded favors for donations, but emails from Judicial Watch show that donors were able to contact Clinton’s State Department staff with requests.

When asked Wednesday night if she would hold a press conference to assuage concerns, Clinton replied “stay tuned.”

“There’ll be a lot of different opportunities for me to talk to the press as well as continuing to talk to the American public,” Clinton said.

Clinton has not held a press conference in 264 days.

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