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WaPo’s Abby Phillip: Emails Show ‘Connection’ Between State Department and Clinton Foundation, ‘Pattern’ For Potential ‘Undue Influence’


On Friday’s broadcast of PBS’ “Washington Week,” Washington Post National Political Reporter Abby D. Phillip stated that recently released emails pertaining to the Clinton Foundation “illustrated how this connection between Clinton at the State Department and the Clinton Foundation worked over the years, where a Clinton Foundation aide would say, hey, this donor would like to have a meeting with someone, and then someone on Hillary Clinton’s staff would say, OK, I’ll try to arrange it.”

Phillip said, “In some of those most recent emails, they sort of illustrated how this connection between Clinton at the State Department and the Clinton Foundation worked over the years, where a Clinton Foundation aide would say, hey, this donor would like to have a meeting with someone, and then someone on Hillary Clinton’s staff would say, OK, I’ll try to arrange it. Now, we don’t know if any of those meetings actually happened, but it sort of created the — it gave a sort of pattern for the — for how this undue influence could have happened, and that really caught on. We had the Boston Globe calling for the Clinton Foundation to be disbanded; Ed Rendell, the former Pennsylvania governor and a Clinton ally, calling for it to be disbanded as well. I think they recognized that this would be a problem, and I don’t think this is the end. I mean, the beginning is just saying, hey, we’re going to not take any more of these donations. But I don’t think this issue is going to go away for them.”

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