Sen. Bernie Sanders took sharp aim Sunday at the Clinton Foundation global charity, saying donations from "dictatorships" create a potential conflict of interest for Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton.
In an interview with CNN's "State of the Union,"
the Vermont lawmaker blasted the big-money contributions from foreign countries including Saudi Arabia, which gave between $10 million and $25 million to the charity.
"If you ask me about the Clinton Foundation, do I have a problem when a sitting secretary of state and a foundation run by her husband collects many millions of dollars from foreign governments, governments which are dictatorships — you don't have a lot of civil liberties, democratic rights in Saudi Arabia, you don't have a lot of respect there for opposition points of view for gay rights, for women's rights," he answered.
"Yes, do I have a problem with that? Yeah, I do," he added.
Then replying to whether he thinks it creates the appearance of a conflict of interest, Sanders, declared, "I do, I do."
The Hill notes Saudi Arabia stopped contributing to the Foundation
, a nonprofit established by former President Bill Clinton to implement development programs in third-world countries, when Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state.
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