He did not have sexual relations with that woman either.
Bill Clinton Defends His Foundation’s Foreign Money
Bill Clinton says he has no regrets about taking millions in foreign cash for his foundation — even though the donations have caused a political headache for Hillary Clinton as she tries to follow him into the Oval Office.
In an exclusive interview with NBC News’ Cynthia McFadden, the former president said his charity has never done anything “knowingly inappropriate.”
Under pressure, the foundation recently announced it will only accept contributions from six Western governments going forward, but Clinton says that’s no acknowledgment the old policy — under which Saudi Arabia gave between $10 million and $25 million, for instance — was a mistake.
“Absolutely not,” Clinton told NBC News during his current tour of Africa to visit a wide variety of the foundation’s projects.
“It’s an acknowledgement that we’re going to come as close as we can during her presidential campaign to following the rules we followed when she became secretary of state.”
The 42nd president says he is “proud” of his foundation’s work.
“There is no doubt in my mind that we have never done anything knowingly inappropriate in terms of taking money to influence any kind of American government policy,” he said. “That just hasn’t happened.”
But Bill Clinton says he’s not worried about the criticism, brushing it off as “political.” He quoted his wife as telling him: “No one has ever tried to influence me by helping you.”
He claimed there has been a “very concerted effort to bring the foundation down” and said he might even step down as its head if his wife is elected.
One thing he won’t stop doing: giving high-priced speeches, even though he acknowledges being a wealthy man these days, reportedly worth tens of millions of dollars.
“I gotta pay our bills,” he said. “And I also give a lot of it to the foundation every year.”
The fees — $500,000 or more for 11 speeches while his wife was Secretary of State — are justified, he insisted.
“I spend a couple of hours a day just doing the research. People like to hear me speak,” he said.
Throughout the interview, Clinton repeatedly turned to the question of transparency, declaring that his foundation discloses more about the source of its donations than those of other ex-presidents.
Asked about a series of tax forms on which the foundation did not list any contributions under a section for donations from governments — rolling the sum into overall revenue, instead of breaking it out — Clinton said it was an innocent mistake.
“The guy that filled out the forms made an error,” he said. “Now that is a bigger problem, according to the press, than the other people running for president willing to take dark money, secret money, secret from beginning to end.”
The problem, he said, is not that the Clintons don’t have to play by the rules that apply to everyone else — it’s that the family is held to a higher standard.
“People should draw their own conclusions. I’m not in politics,” the former president said. “All I’m saying is the idea that there’s one set of rules for us and another set for everybody else is true.”
Excuse me while I lift my jaw off the floor and duct tape it back in place.
Bill is correct about one thing – other ex-presidents have things differently. But other ex-presidents didn’t have a wife who was holding not one but two of the highest political offices in the country. While Hillary was serving as a US Senator and then Secretary of State, Bill was getting paid half a million dollars a pop by foreign individuals, corporations and countries to give speeches. In at least some cases he was being paid a lot of money by people who had financial or political interests that had been or were going to be affected by Hillary.
People have gone to prison for less.
“They’re held to a higher standard, but they bring a lot of this on themselves,” Halperin said of the Clintons.
“The Clintons are not held to a higher standard,” Scarborough insisted. “The Clintons are held to the lowest of all standard for some reason.”
Halperin shook his head in dismay and, out of sadness more so than anger, insisted that he disagreed with Scarborough’s woefully ignorant comment. Before he could support that contention, however, the MSNBC host let loose with a deluge of examples of political figures losing their careers and sometimes even their freedom over displays of impropriety far milder than those exhibited by the Clintons.
Scarborough added that virtually any other candidate would elect to suspend their campaigns and surround themselves with attorneys if they were accused of half the abuses of authority in which Hillary Clinton has been implicated.
“But what official acts did they take in exchange for something of value?” Halperin asked.
“Well, that’s why we have investigations,” Scarborough replied.
I really love the idea that you have to prove someone is guilty before you can investigate them. That isn’t the standard. You don’t even need probable cause. All it takes to launch an investigation is “reasonable suspicion” that a crime has been committed.
But that is for law enforcement. The media has launched intensive investigations of other candidates on far less than that – just ask Sarah Palin. Imagine the reaction if she had deleted all those Alaska emails!
At least some members of the news media are poking around on this story. If it were Barack Obama instead of Bill and Hillary then the non-Fox media would have declared that there was nothing to see and told us to move along.
Okay, I officially missed making a morning post today. Missed it by 2 minutes.
If DT hadn’t signed your hall pass that would’ve been 30 pushups, buster!
BREAKING NEWS: A cop just shot someone in Baltimore.
Baltimore Police: Shots fired at Pennsylvania Ave. and North Ave. Suspect was armed with a weapon, attempted to throw it. May have discharged. No one hit – @BaltimoreBNN
see original on twitter.com
Baltimore unrest, 2015
At corner of North & Pennsylvania in Baltimore, police appear to have shot young man. Riot police back on scene, people stumbling away with spray in eyes – @HannahAllam
Meanwhile, Obama is giving a speech on Police/Minority relations.
now the Baltimore cops say no shooting by cop. witness swears she saw a cop shoot a young black male as he was running away. At least one shot was heard. Cops said victim had a gun, dropped it and it discharged. guy fell to sidewalk, was taken away in an ambulance
I really hate Shep Smith and Wolf Blitzer.
Me too. Shep reminds of a mortician.
He reminds me of Phil Dunphy, but creepier. Used coffin salesman?
I swear, Shep is responsible for most of the screw-ups used to mock Fox by The Daily show and Media Matters.
Could he use “We” a few more times to take the blame of the Senior live news editor?
We am stoopid.
Perhaps she would be better off sequestered in a convent for the rest of eternity.
They used to call girls who had sex just for the guy’s sake whores.
I blame it all on Hugh Hefner.
Sounds like someone doesn’t get called back very often when she has sex.
The royal baby has a name (and a face):
Charlotte Elizabeth Diana
Shorter RD (with her fingers in her ears): “LA LA LA LA LA I CAN’T HEAR YOU!!!”
God (who doesn’t exist) forbid that a reasonable, good-hearted, intelligent and informed person could look at things differently than her. They must have been brainwashed by Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Fox News. REPUBLICANS ARE EVIL!!!!
She stole that “original German” line from Molly Ivins. Apparently all right wingers are neo-Nazis or something.
Typical dishonest Leftist tactic – delegitimize your opponents so you don’t have to deal with the substance of their arguments.
Ivans is popular with liberals because her drawl makes her sound “folksy.”
Molly Ivins was originally from California.
Am I thinking of Ann Richards?
No, days, You are thinking of Molly Ivins most correctly.
Opposing thoughts are verboten!!
‘Well they’re not really “thoughts”, you see. They’re “imaginings” or something else nefarious or wistfully nonexistent. They really couldn’t be ideas emanating from human brains. So it’s not wrong to oppose them. Because they don’t – you know – exist.’
Does that sound about right?
We are extremely right about everything. Just sayin’.
So, Your either a Democrat (the Good Guys) or a Republican (EVIL!)…
but if you go after Hillary the Hero, “Why do you and others only hold her responsible and stick only her with the label of hawk? They other thing is there are no shades of gray with that term. You are either a complete pacifist or you are a warmonger. ”
Wormtongue has nothin’ on Forktongue.
She sure mentions you often.
As bad as the 2008 Dem primary was I’m starting to really hope that Hillary is unable to secure the Dem nomination again (either through DNC theft again or her own greed) just because it would be so awesome to see RD lose her shit over it.
I love it! I had a blog very similar as yours, with the “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.”; posted about the same time as this blog. Great minds think alike!
Bill got away with playing us for fools before. Why not try it again?
Exactly, and he knows it!
Dang! It was a graphic with this comment: “Two idiots offended by the 1st Amendment were quickly introduced to the 2nd Amendment….WELCOME TO TEXAS!”
That’s a good one.
Welcome mat is now open for business. The two village idiots were clueless. They absolutely had no idea that there would be no hesitation. If we hesitated, we would be rattlesnake bitten all the time.
Yeah, Facebook has a difficult time acknowledging there are, in fact, idiots out walking about. It’s like if you don’t tell them they’re idiots they won’t know. I say for their own protection it’s about time they found out, Facebook, so get real.
Is this the one? https://twitter.com/ShotsRangOut/status/595211583627862017/photo/1
No, but it should be!
Wrapping my head around there’s a special unit of the FBI that only handles about 9 investigations a year. That does NOT make me feel better.
Its’ well worth it to prove you’re doing something.
Lies, damn lies, and statistics!
maybe this is one reason some young people are so willing to stomp on the American flag and believe all lies spread about this country
The national curriculum standards have moved US history out of 8th grade. It’s now in the 4th grade, and not again until the kids reach high school. Eighth graders study the time period closer to the middle ages with a concentration on comparative religions. US history in the fourth grade is fact driven, but they aren’t ready for much introspection yet.
sorry I should have watched this before I posted below
Hey it’s Mew York. Everyone is in the streets trying to get run down whether they are protesting or not. Pedestrians never yield the right of way to a driver no matter the color of the light.
Is he upset they failed? Because I am.
I saw this today on tv. this woman could have started a riot. this was before it came out that there was no shooting
She was a lie-witness.
OT but always interesting:
Which statement is more ridiculous: Bill saying he’s “not in politics” or him saying that no one is trying to influence Hillary through him?
It’s a tough call, but I’ve got to go with the former.
I think the Big Dawg might have early on-set dementia because he’s talking like he’s a moron — and we all know that no matter what else can be said of the man, “stupid” isn’t one of them.
You know how you meet people who are intelligent (all the right schools, best degrees, etc) but they’re not really ‘smart’… to me, Bill was always a really great combo of Intelligent AND Smart.
I think his stumbling is because the number at stake is ginormous for him personally – I mean, $2 Billion – that’s a lot on the line.
… and I still say the reason for Hillary to capitulate to Obama in return for the SOS job looks like a money grab.