Clinton defends family foundation, says work will continue

Hillary Clinton says the Clinton Foundation—which critics say represents a conflict of interest—will continue if she’s president

In this Aug. 16, 2016 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

In this Aug. 16, 2016 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

NEW YORK — Hillary Clinton said Friday the charitable programs of her family foundation would continue, perhaps through partnerships with other organizations, if she’s elected president, even as critics argue that would present a conflict of interest.

The Democratic presidential nominee, in an interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” defended the Clinton Foundation, saying the charitable work it has conducted has changed lives for the better and is in keeping with American values.

Republican opponent Donald Trump has accused Clinton of improperly using her former position as secretary of state to bring in big contributions to the foundation from people and corporations seeking access.

“The work has been not only transformational, it has really been in line with American interests and values,” she said in an interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “And we’re going to do everything we can to make sure that good work continues.”

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In the telephone interview, she also described Trump’s campaign as built on “prejudice and paranoia,” continuing her line of attack from a speech Thursday in Reno, Nevada. In that speech, she accused Trump of unleashing a “radical fringe” within the Republican Party, including anti-Semites and white supremacists.

Clinton is looking to counter Trump’s attempts to revamp his image and win over those skeptical of his candidacy. She is also trying to appeal to Republicans, casting the race as “not a normal choice between a Republican and a Democrat.”

Trump has rejected Clinton’s allegations, labeling her a bigot.

“She lies, she smears, she paints decent Americans as racists,” Trump said, in a Thursday address.

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Trump also says Clinton is trying to distract from questions swirling around donations to The Clinton Foundation and her exclusive use of her private email servers for official business while secretary of state.

The Associated Press reported this week that more than half the people from outside government who met or spoke by telephone with Clinton in the first half of her term as secretary of state had given money—either personally or through companies or groups—to the foundation.

On Friday, Clinton promised to put in place additional safeguards to prevent conflicts of interest with her foundation should she win the White House.

“I appreciate the concerns that people have expressed and that’s why I have made it clear that if I’m successful in November we are going to be taking additional steps,” she said.

Clinton is eager to capitalize on Trump’s slipping poll numbers, particularly among moderate Republican women turned off by his controversial campaign. She’s praised former Republican presidential candidates John McCain and Bob Dole, and former President George W. Bush, for taking decisive steps to counter racism and anti-Muslim sentiment.

She said Friday that candidates can reasonably disagree on how to run the country, “but that’s not the campaign that Donald Trump has been running, and I am reaching out and asking fair-minded Americans to repudiate this kind of divisive demagoguery.”

On Thursday, Trump tried to get ahead of the Democratic nominee, addressing a crowd in Manchester, New Hampshire, minutes before Clinton spoke.

“Hillary Clinton is going to try to accuse this campaign, and the millions of decent Americans who support this campaign, of being racists,” Trump said.

“To Hillary Clinton, and to her donors and advisers pushing her to spread her smears and her lies about decent people, I have three words,” he said. “I want you to hear these words, and remember these words: Shame on you.”

Trump met Thursday in New York with members of a new Republican Party initiative meant to train young—and largely minority—volunteers.

He contends that the Democrats have taken minority voters’ support for granted. “They’ve been very disrespectful, as far as I’m concerned, to the African-American population in this country,” Trump said.

Many black leaders and voters have dismissed Trump’s message as condescending and intended more to reassure undecided white voters that he’s not racist.



Clinton defends family foundation, says work will continue

  1. So we all know the story out of Clinton’s camp that Hillary was oblivious to the risks posed by using her own private personal server to send and receive emails. When the FBI launched its investigation, she turned over all of her emails, short of 33,000 which she said were personal in nature and not pertinent to the FBI’s investigation. Today, it was announced by the FBI that not only did Hillary Clinton delete those emails, she used a program called BleachBit which is specifically intended to help users delete files in a way to “prevent recovery” and “hide traces of files deleted.” Can someone please tell me how this sleazebag has not been indicted?

    • I would also like to point out that it has been speculated that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has all of these deleted emails (obtained through a hack to Clinton’s server) and that he intends to release them in October just prior to the third presidential debate. I truly hope that this is true.

  2. The Democratic Party should take a second look at Trumps doctors letter. I would say Trump wrote the letter himself (certainly has all the hallmarks of Trumps jargon), sent his chauffer down to his(Trump) doctor, and had his(Trump) doctor sign the letter of physical and mental competency that he(Trump) will be the healthiest person to ever run in the presidency. Sounds like Trumps fingerprints are all over the doctors letter. This is not a ‘conspiracy theory’, I would say it is the facts Jack.

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