An analysis of newly released State Department records shows that a majority of the non-governmental meetings Hillary Clinton held as USA secretary of State were with donors to her family's tax-free foundation. Released emails have shown some efforts to connect donors or associates at the foundation to personnel at the State Department.
This story is developing. In the emails, foundation employee Doug Band asks government staff for help - for the crown prince of Bahrain who wants a meeting with Clinton; the worldwide soccer player who needs an expedited U.S.travel visa; the billionaire who wants to speak with the ambassador to Lebanon. They heaped scorn on the chief example cited by the AP of a donor Clinton met: Muhammad Yunus, who happens to be the Nobel Prize-winning father of microfinance, and whom she's known for decades.
And the complex plan for allowing donations from US citizens and permanent residents, keeping some parts of the Clinton Foundation alive, and maintaining scores of Clinton-family allies on the payroll is less an opportunity for a clean slate than a guarantee of new controversy. "We also have not determined if they involve Secretary Clinton".
It will take time to make the changes to each of the foundation's affected programs, said Clinton Foundation President Donna Shalala. The potential conflicts would become untenable with her in the Oval Office.
"The only way to eliminate the odour surrounding the foundation is to wind it down and put it in mothballs, starting today, and transfer its important charitable work to another large American charity such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation", the paper's editorial board wrote.
Earnest defended the Obama administration's memorandum of understanding signed by Clinton when she was brought into the Obama administration, pointing out that it went "above and beyond" what was required by law.
"The bad would be, you'd be out hundreds of millions of dollars that are doing good", said veteran Clinton backer James Carville on MSNBC Tuesday morning.
The New York Times reported last week that Clinton told federal investigators that Powell had suggested she use personal email for unclassified email when the two spoke over dinner.
Grameen America, the bank's nonprofit USA flagship, which Yunus chairs, has given between $100,000 and $250,000 to the foundation - a figure that bank spokeswoman Becky Asch said reflects the institution's annual fees to attend CGI meetings. In September 2011, as Morgan Stanley chairman, Mack was among a group who met with Clinton on China trade issues. And even some commentators and media outlets normally supportive of Clinton have agreed that closing down the foundation in fact might be the right thing to do.
A request from the crown prince of Bahrain for a meeting with Clinton, funneled through the foundation and Band, was granted.
Numerous foundation's programs would become separate non-governmental organizations "without us participating in the governance obviously", Shalala said. Laureate also has seven commitments with the Clinton Global Initiative. The same month, USAID, the State Department's foreign aid arm, announced a partnership with the Skoll Foundation to invest in health, energy, governance and food security innovations.