Hillary Clinton duped Congress during hearings on her confirmation for secretary of state when she promised safeguards would be put in place to mitigate potential conflicts of interest with her position and that of the Clinton Foundation, Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn told The Hill.
Cornyn, who voted in favor of her nomination, said he would have voted differently had he known then what has been revealed in recent reports - that Clinton did not live up to her end of the bargain.
"The reassurances she gave me back at the time her confirmation was considered, she, for all practical purposes, violated," the Texas senator told The Hill. "Those representations she made to me about the integrity of the screening process and of the ethics concerns with regard to the foundation."
Republicans say Clinton violated several terms of the memorandum of understanding from December 2008, such as the agreement that the foundation would publish the names of all its contributors, including new ones, and that tighter foreign fundraising restrictions and transparency protocols would be adopted to prevent U.S. foreign policy from being unduly influenced by the global activities of the Clinton Foundation.
Several congressmen said that Clinton even referred to the Memorandum of Understanding when she was grilled during the nomination hearings to assuage fears that there would be a conflict of interest.
Cornyn has pressed for investigations into the allegations regarding the Clinton Foundation ever since the revelations first became known, with The Washington Times reporting that last month he sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch inquiring why the Justice Department decided not to probe Clinton for possible wrongdoings.
Cornyn told The Hill that now the only way to know whether foreign donors to the foundation were given improper access to Clinton while at the State Department would be for President Barack Obama to appoint a special prosecutor, but that his calls for such an investigation into her alleged mishandling of classified information while using a private email server as secretary of state have also fallen on deaf ears.
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