It’s a blessing to Democrats that Hillary Clinton is getting slammed now, rather than later, with serious questions about the money that flowed into her family’s charitable foundation when she was secretary of state.
The party has fair warning: Revelations about the Clinton Foundation’s prowess in scoring large amounts of foreign cash, at times without proper disclosure or accounting, are likely to dominate the candidate’s early going, and perhaps beyond. If other credible candidates are going to make a play to be the party’s standard-bearer, they’d better start calling donors and staffers now.
Democrats have warning also that trying to dismiss the disclosures as hyped right-wing confections won’t fly — not when the New York Times and, soon, the Washington Post are the messengers.
On Thursday, the Times delved at length into serious issues surrounding millions of dollars in donations to the foundation from uranium interests at a time when the Obama administration, including Clinton’s State Department, was weighing approval of a Russian takeover of a uranium-mining firm with major American operations.