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Bill Clinton: If Hillary Wins, May Have to Rethink Foundation Role

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By    |   Tuesday, 14 Jun 2016 06:25 PM

For the first time, former President Bill Clinton acknowledged Tuesday that he would need to rethink his role at the Clinton Foundation should his wife Hillary Clinton be elected to the White House in November.

"You have to be careful to avoid actual and potential conflicts of interest," Bill Clinton said at a question-and-answer session of the Clinton Global Initiative-America in Atlanta, The Wall Street Journal reports. "We’ll think very clearly about it and we’ll do the right thing and explain it to the American people."

The foundation, which Clinton established in 1997, has come under fire by presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, who has accused it of engaging in "corrupt" activities.

However, the former president declined to reveal what changes may occur. "I don’t believe in counting chickens before they hatch," he said.

"We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it," he added in the session, broadcast by Bloomberg TV. "If she wins, we will have to think about it."

Advisers to Hillary Clinton’s campaign have said that the foundation’s activities would no doubt change should she be elected president, the Journal reports. A senior campaign adviser said that the former president would not be able to raise money for the foundation.

This adviser added that if Hillary Clinton was at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the foundation could not function the way it did when she was secretary of state.

While some operations functions may cease, it is unlikely that the foundation would be closed down. The nonprofit, led by Hillary Clinton, last year completed its $250 million drive to secure its endowment, the Journal reports.

In a CNN interview last week, the former first lady also declined to say whether her husband's role with the foundation would change if she won the presidency.

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