Reporter Bob Woodward, who together with his colleague Carl Bernstein ripped the veil off the Watergate scandal in the 1970s, said Sunday that there was more to the story of the Clinton Foundation than Hillary would like to admit. Speaking with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, Woodward said there was evidence that Hillary used the charity as a “pay for play” operation while serving as secretary of state.
“Yes, it’s corrupt,” Woodward said. “It’s a scandal.”
Woodward referenced the third presidential debate, which Wallace moderated last Wednesday. “She didn’t answer your question at all,” he said. “And she turned to embrace the good work that the Clinton Foundation has done. But the mixing of speech fees, the Clinton Foundation, and actions by the State Department which she ran are all intertwined. And it’s corrupt. You can’t just say it’s unsavory, but there’s no formal investigation going on now, and there are outs that they have.”
At the debate, Wallace asked Hillary about her promise to “avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest” as it pertained to the charity’s work and her position as secretary of state.
“Emails show that donors got special access to you,” Wallace said. “Those seeking grants for Haiti relief separately from non-donors and some of those donors got contracts, government contracts, taxpayer money. Why isn’t it what Mr. Trump calls pay-to-play?”
Hillary dismissed the notion of impropriety before expounding on the work done by the Foundation.
Wallace, unimpressed, asked Hillary to specifically address the accusations.
At that point, Donald Trump jumped in and called the Clinton Foundation a “criminal enterprise.”
Hillary praised the charity once again.
“Well, very quickly, we at the Clinton Foundation spend 90% of all the money that is donated on behalf of programs for people around the world and in our own country,” she said before attacking Trump’s own controversial charity – the Trump Foundation.
But she never got around to the central question, which is: Why were donors to the Clinton Foundation given special access to her when she was secretary of state?
As far as the debate itself is concerned, Trump was as complicit as Wallace was in letting her off the hook. He went into the thing about Haiti instead of focusing on what’s important. Yes, it seems the Clinton Foundation botched its aid to Haiti, but that speaks to the charity’s competence, not the deeper issues of possible criminality. This swerve allowed Hillary to dodge the true questions, which involve her husband’s speaking fees, donations from individuals connected with foreign governments, and her visitor’s roll, which was weighted heavily toward donors.
It is a national shame that we seem on the verge of electing this woman president while these questions remain unanswered. The good news is that if the answers come later, she might not be president for long.
Well, if you consider President Tim Kaine “good news,” anyway…