Hillary Clinton in separate interviews Wednesday declined to say whether President Bill Clinton should step down from the foundation he created should she take the White House but said that investigations into the nonprofit and her private email server would be "absolutely" no problem for her during the election.
"We’ll cross that bridge when and if we come to it," the presumptive Democratic nominee told Anderson Cooper on CNN when asked about the former president's role in the Clinton Foundation should she win in November.
She beat back Tuesday's announcement by presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump that he will present a speech next week that would discuss "all of the things that have taken place with the Clintons," he said.
"I’m proud of the foundation," Clinton said. "I’m proud of the work we’ve done.
"I’ll put that up against any innuendo or accusations by Donald Trump."
Clinton added that she welcomed her husband's advice on how to revive the nation's sagging economy, including the coal-mining region of the United States.
"I want all hands on deck when it comes to revitalizing the economy," she told Cooper. "Some places I am going to pay attention to, I don't think they're going to vote for me.
"I said that when I was in coal country. But I am going to support them — and my husband is going to be working with my team to try to figure out what we can do to restore hope and opportunity in a lot of those places."
Clinton also declined to be specific on any possible vice presidential choice, only saying that "I am looking at the most qualified people — and that includes women, of course.
"I want to be sure whoever I pick could be president immediately if something were to happen. That's the most important qualification."
Then, in an interview with Bret Baier on Fox News, Clinton said that any indictment by the Justice Department in the email scandal "is not going to happen."
"There is no basis for it — and I am looking forward to this being wrapped up as soon as possible."
When Baier later asked whether inquiries into the emails or the foundation would be "no problem for you," Clinton said emphatically: "Absolutely. That's what I'm saying. That happens to be the truth."
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