With his wife’s credibility ratings sinking fast because of the allegations of cynical arrangements with Clinton Foundation donors, former president Bill Clinton has gone on the offensive to fight for his wife’s reputation (and future post-presidential income).
Bill, a much better “retail politician” than his wife, sat down with Jake Tapper for an interview that will appear on Sunday’s “State of the Union” on CNN. Clinton said the allegations that donors to the Clinton Foundation received a quid pro quo from the State Department when Hillary was secretary of state were not true, they were simply political.
“Nobody even suggested it or thought about it or talked about it until the political season began, and somebody said, ‘Well, what about this?’”
No one has ever asked him for anything, Clinton said, adding that he does not know if those companies were seeking favor from his wife’s position as secretary of state. Political partisans and investigative journalists have not found anything particularly odious, apart from what “Clinton Cash” author Peter Schweizer deemed as a “smoking gun” in the pattern of behavior.
“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.”
Before you believe or disbelieve what former President Bubba said to protect his wife, remember that he was the only president in U.S. history to be disbarred for committing perjury while commander-in-chief.
Cross-posted at The Lid