With Hillary Clinton, what you hear can disappear faster than a groundhog on a sunny day. Remember the divestment by the Clintons of all contacts with their foundations? Remember the pledge for no foreign monies? You can just kiss all that goodbye. The Clintons are already walking back those talking points. Parsing the words is the plan of the day. Read all about it below.
As Written By Ed Morrissey for Hot Air:
Under fire from both critics and political allies, the Clintons have sent up signals lately that they will cut ties to their family foundation if Hillary Clinton wins the presidency in November. Bill Clinton told Clinton Global Initiative staffers that the annual meeting next month will be its last, and both Bill and Hillary have declared that they will stop raising funds for it. The foundation itself stated that it will stop accepting funds from foreign governments and scale back its operations considerably if the Clintons return to the White House.
However, the Wall Street Journal reports that they’ve already started walking back almost all of those commitments. That includes keeping a Clinton on the foundation board regardless of whether it presents potential conflicts of interest:
The Clinton Foundation is considering exceptions to its plan to stop accepting corporate and foreign donations and reduce family involvement as a way to insulate Hillary Clinton from potential conflicts of interest if elected president.
As recently as this summer, the foundation was discussing with some allies plans for Chelsea Clinton to leave the board, along with former President Bill Clinton, if Mrs. Clinton should win. But on Wednesday, foundation spokesman Craig Minassian said Chelsea Clinton plans to stay on the board. Mr. Clinton told donors he still plans to leave.
While the parent Clinton Foundation will stop accepting money from foreign governments and corporations, the foundation’s largest project, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, might continue to accept foreign government and corporate funding, Clinton health initiative officials said Wednesday.
Needless to say, this won’t impress those who already see the State-Foundation nexus as problematic. As Politico’s Katy O’Donnell puts it, they’re scoffing at the plan as it stands now:
Richard Painter, former ethics counsel in the George W. Bush
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