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Shalala: Clinton Foundation's Centerpiece Will Remain

By    |   Wednesday, 14 Sep 2016 03:32 PM

The Clinton Global Initiative is coming to an end this month, but the Clinton Foundation itself can't completely go out of business because of the presidential library in Little Rock, Arkansas, Clinton Foundation CEO and President Donna Shalala said Wednesday.

"Remember, the centerpiece is the library in Little Rock and the Clinton Center in Little Rock," Bill Clinton's former Health and Human Services secretary told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell.

"It is the programmatic parts that will be spun into separate public charities, or we'll remove ourselves from the governance of them," Shalala said.

The foundation may also "merge with other not-for-profit organizations to take over our responsibilities," said Shalala, pointing out that the organization will no longer take international or corporate money with the CGI ending.

"But because we'll no longer take international money... it will be a smaller organization," she continued. "Of course the primary piece, the centerpiece is the library. No one expects the library to go out of business."

Bill Clinton's leadership of the CGI is being celebrated, Shalala said, as "it has transformed philanthropy...we have done a number of things. The president said in his own book 10 years is plenty for the Clinton Global Initiative. Transforming it has been an exciting prospect for him."

The Clinton Foundation has been soundly criticized by GOP nominee Donald Trump and others as a "pay-for-play" organization after emails surfaced showing phone calls and other communications between top aide Huma Abedin and others in the State Department.

However, Shalala said Wednesday that when people like Melinda Gates called, those are people any Secretary of State would have seen.

"I don't see evidence that there was policy decisions made as a result of that other than courtesy appointments," she told Mitchell. "People in public life are used to doing that kind of making courtesy appointments for people...I don't find it unusual. We have to be careful that it's not linked to policy decisions as opposed to simply seeing prominent people that ask for appointments."

Mitchell asked if the Clinton's long-reported "penchant for secrecy" reached the Clinton Foundation, and Shalala insisted there was "no secrecy as far as this foundation is concerned."

"We disclosed our donors," she said. "We disclose our programs. We disclose our taxes. Our tax returns are on our website. So we are totally transparent as far as the foundation is concerned."

Chelsea Clinton will likely remain on the Foundation's board, though, despite a report on Wednesday that she'll step away from its health initiative, and Shalala said she does not see a problem there.

"She has to make the decision about her own future," said Shalala. "There is no question. She's intelligent, knows the programs, has management experience. Keeping her in a leadership position on the board I think is very important."


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