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WSJ: Some Democrats Tell Clinton to Cut Ties With Foundation

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By    |   Wednesday, 31 Aug 2016 10:51 AM

The entire Clinton family would step down from running the Clinton Foundation if Hillary wins the White House and certain party members have their way, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Last week former President Bill Clinton outlined how the foundation would run if his wife wins the Nov. 8 election. No foreign or corporate donations would be accepted, and both the Clintons would leave its board, but he says it wouldn't affect the position of their daughter, Chelsea, who serves as vice chair of the nonprofit organization.

"The foundation has become a distraction, politically speaking," Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., told the Journal. "Cut the ties to the family. What's at stake is the big prize. The big prize is not the Clinton Foundation. It's the presidency of the United States."

William Galston, a White House aide during the Clinton administration and currently a Brookings Institution scholar, told the Journal that the "most prudent course would be to begin her presidency with a clear line of separation between the Clinton family and the foundation. This would not be an easy decision, but in my judgment it would be best for her administration and for the country."

Grijalva and Galston join the many Republicans calling for the Clintons to remove themselves from their foundation.

"The family should promise now that if Hillary is elected president, all of the Clinton family members will step down from all positions with the foundation and they will not return," Richard W. Painter, a Republican and a White House ethics lawyer during George W. Bush's presidency, wrote for The New York Times.

"The foundation should continue to go about its business, but the Clintons should do something else," Painter, a Clinton supporter, continued. "And in the meantime, between now and the election, the foundation should immediately suspend all fund-raising and acceptance of donations, not just foreign donations, as it has already done."

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