NEW BOOK ON DONATIONS TO CLINTON FOUNDATION
Hillary Clinton has dismissed an upcoming book that will reportedly outline favorable treatment from her State Department in exchange for foreign donations to her family foundation.
“We are back into the political season and there are all kinds of distractions and attacks,” Clinton told reporters in New Hampshire. “And I am ready for that. I know that that comes, unfortunately, with the territory. It is, I think, worth noting Republicans seem to be talking only about me. I don’t know what they would be talk about if I wasn’t in the race. But I am in the race, and hopefully we will get onto the issues and I look forward to that.”
“Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich,” by Peter Schweizer, comes out May 5. But some of her potential Republican presidential opponents have already been briefed on its contents. Sen. Rand Paul has said the book will make Americans “question” Clinton’s candidacy.
Clinton’s spokesman also dismissed the New York Times report as focusing “on attacks rather than ideas. It appears this book is being used to aid this coordinated attack strategy, twisting previously known facts into absurd conspiracy theories,” Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon. “It will not be the first work of partisan-fueled fiction about the Clintons’ record, and we know it will not be the last.”
According to the Times, Schweizer outlines a number of examples in which he alleges foreign governments that contributed to the Clinton Foundation or paid Bill Clinton high speaking fees got a boost from the State Department while Clinton was secretary of State.
“We will see a pattern of financial transactions involving the Clintons that occurred contemporaneous with favorable U.S. policy decisions benefiting those providing the funds,” Schweizer writes in the book.
During Clinton’s four years at State, the Foundation banned all donations from foreign governments to avoid any conflicts of interest. After she stepped down in 2013, however, the Foundation again began collecting donations from foreign governments — a practice it’s said will continue during Clinton’s run for president.
The Times reports that members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee — including Paul and Sen. Marco Rubio, who have both officially launched their bids for the GOP presidential nomination — have been briefed on the contents of the book, and some of the campaigns have copies of it.
GOP outside groups are sure to pounce on an issue the GOP sees as potentially disqualifying for Clinton in her second play for the White House. The donations drew added scrutiny earlier this year when a number of media reports raised questions about the very issue outlined in Schweitzer’s upcoming book.
Republicans have already begun using the donations to question whether she can be trusted to treat foreign governments fairly if elected president, and are certain to launch further attacks along that line going forward.
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