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Bill Clinton to NPR: 'Maybe' Some Money Used to Influence State Dept.

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Monday, 19 Sep 2016 11:50 AM

Bill Clinton says some Clinton Foundation donors likely gave money in a bid to influence foreign policy while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state.

"Well, since we had more 300,000 donors, it would be unusual if nobody did," Clinton told NPR on Sunday.

But the former president insisted that those donations never influenced State Department policy.

"The names I saw in the paper, none of them surprised me and all of them could have gotten their own meeting with Hillary," Clinton said.

"I trusted the State Department wouldn't do anything they shouldn't do, from a meeting to a favor."

He insisted that most Clinton Foundation donators did so out of good will and their trust in the work of the non-profit group.

"Melinda Gates didn't get involved in the No Ceilings project with Hillary because she needed to support her, or me, or the foundation for access," Clinton said.

Clinton also ripped the intensive coverage of his wife's email scandal and said the non-stop barrage of scrutiny may have affected her poll numbers.

"They're responding to the fact that this email thing was treated like the most important event since the end of World War II," he said.

"I wonder if there's a man in America that could have taken what she's been through in the last year and a half."

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