Former President Bill Clinton has dismissed the notion that donors to the Clinton Foundation got special treatment during former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's tenure.
According to Politico,
he believes that such allegations are driven by political motives.
"Nobody even suggested it or thought about it or talked about it until the political season began, and somebody said, 'Well, what about this?'" Clinton said during an interview taped this week in Denver during a Clinton Global Initiative event, according to Politico.
Clinton said that he hadn't been asked for anything by any donors and he does not know if any companies were seeking influence from his wife's position in the Obama administration.
Political opponents and investigative journalists have yet to uncover specific wrongdoing, although a recent book, "Clinton Cash"
by Peter Schweizer, suggested there was "no direct evidence" but a pattern of transactions that would warrant a legal probe.
"I don't know. You never know what people's motives are, but in this case, I'm pretty sure that everybody that gave to Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake saw what they saw on television, were horrified and wanted to make a difference," he said, adding that he did not "think Hillary would know either," Politico reported.
Clinton gave the example of the government's relationship with Boeing, saying the U.S. had always lobbied for American-made planes and that the government worked with the company while it was also donating to the foundation's relief efforts for the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
"She was pretty busy those years, and I don't — I never saw her study a list of my contributors," he said, according to Politico. "No one has ever asked me for anything or any of that."
The interview is due to air in full on Sunday on CNN's inaugural episode of "State of the Union with Jake Tapper."
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