Clinton Foundation Scandal Over Foreign Donors
In a fierce interview by CNN reporter Dana Bash, the Clinton Campaign manager Robby Mook failed to coherently explain why the Clinton Foundation would cease accepting donations from foreign investors only in the case if Hillary Clinton becomes the president of the United States.
Earlier this week, the Huffington Post, one of the most trafficked websites in the world, has published a huge front page banner saying "JUST SHUT IT DOWN" over a photo of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
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The banner led to an article in the New York Times, which highlighted, among other things, that Clinton Foundation has "accepted tens of millions of dollars from countries that the State Department — before, during and after Mrs. Clinton's time as secretary — criticized for their records on sex discrimination and other human-rights issues."
This fact has initially become publicly known thanks to New York Times' bestselling book by Peter Schweizer entitled "Clinton Cash". Interestingly, the book, among other things, reveals that the Clinton Foundation was involved in selling US uranium holdings to Russia.
The book has sparked a massive journalist movement, calling for the Foundation to be shut down. The calls came even from those outlets that have already endorsed Clinton's presidential bid before, like the Boston Globe.
Former US President Bill Clinton responded by saying that, should Hillary Clinton become the president of the United States, the Foundation will stop accepting money from any corporate and foreign donors.
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This made CNN reported Dana Bash wonder, why would the Foundation not stop doing it right away?
In her rather fierce interview with Robby Mook, a Clinton Campaign manager, she asked:
"If it's not okay to take this money as a President, why was it okay to take it as a Secretary of State?"
Unfortunately, Robby Mook failed to provide a clear and direct answer to that question. He did say, though, that the Foundation is under "scrutiny" for its "unprecedented" (a word which he repeated some five times during a five-minute interview) move towards being "transparent". Mook attempted to divert the question by saying that presidential Donald Trump, by contrast, has never revealed his financial data.
He also noted that "over ten million people [probably a slip of tongue, as Hillary Clinton told about nine million earlier] around the world get life-saving AIDS medication because of the Foundation."
"We're focused on getting Hillary elected president", Mook said twice during the interview.