Bill and Hillary Clinton are the biggest benefactors of their charitable Clinton Foundation — and former commander-in-chief and his presidential wannabe wife want to keep it that way, former Rep. Michele Bachmann charged Tuesday.
"This is the most transparent family in the United States," the outspoken Minnesota Republican said Tuesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"This Clinton Foundation … is in effect an international money laundering ring to benefit the Clintons personally.
"Remember this is tax exempt, so it is the easiest way to get big dollars into Clinton World where they literally fly around the world on private jets."
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Bachmann, a onetime presidential candidate, said that neither Bill or Hillary wants to shed that way of life.
"What's the best way to continue that lifestyle? Start an international foundation and get people to give you big money. But they use poor people as human shields for their pompous lifestyle," she said.
One glaring example of that, Bachmann said, was bared in a recent column by conservative writer Mark Steyn.
"He said here you have a Saudi donation of $1 million [to the Clinton Foundation]. Out of $1 million, $64,000 goes to the intended poor people, $64,000!" she said.
"[And] $936,000 of the $1 million, $936,000 goes into the coffers of the Clinton Foundation as a processing fee, overhead.
"No charity with even a straight face would attempt to say that they're doing charitable work. The biggest charity of the Clinton Foundation are the Clintons. That's what this is about."
On Monday, Bill Clinton defended the foundation's acceptance of large foreign donations, telling NBC News: "I don't think there's anything sinister in trying to get wealthy people in countries that are seriously involved in development to spend their money wisely in a way that helps poor people and lifts them up."
Clinton's foes have wondered aloud whether her position as President Barack Obama's first-term secretary of state was influenced by the donations to the foundation.
But Bill Clinton insisted in the NBC interview: "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. That just hasn't happened."
Bachmann told Steve Malzberg she believes Hillary Clinton, who also served as a U.S. senator from New York, is beatable in the 2016 presidential race.
"Of course we could beat her. She is the best candidate of all to run against," Bachmann declared.
"Not all but virtually all of our candidates would be able to defeat her, especially if they're willing to defend the American Dream.
"If our side will go out and lay out the case for the American Dream, which virtually any of them can. We really have a great crop of candidates. If they are very bold they can do it."
Bachmann said she is impressed with the growing crop of Republican candidates, among them Dr. Ben Carson, Sens. Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina.
"I'm proud of the fact that our party has at this point two Latinos, an African American, and a woman that we're running to be a nominee for our ticket. So we're a very inclusive party, I'm very proud of that," she said.
Of Fiorina, Bachmann added: "Her story shows that she's a woman of success.
"She knows how to succeed coming from nowhere and she did it on her own and she has a powerful story to tell and I'm looking forward to hearing more from her."
Bachmann — the first Republican woman to represent Minnesota in Congress and founder of the House Tea Party Caucus, entered the 2012 presidential race — but dropped out after placing sixth in the Iowa caucuses.
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