August 15, 2016

Washington Post: Such sloppiness would not be acceptable in the White House

Despite pledges to keep her interests separate, a new trove of emails produced by lawsuits and FOIA requests from Judicial Watch show that wasn’t always the case. In short, Clinton aides at the Clinton Foundation requested that Clinton aides at the State Department connect a Foundation donor with State Department officials. In other words, Clinton’s State Department was offering access to individuals who donated to her private Foundation.

In its latest editorial, The Washington Post called it a “porous ethical wall” between the two entities and the latest evidence of Clinton’s “sloppiness.”

But it suggests that some donors to the Clinton Foundation may have seen their gifts as means to buy access — and it points to much bigger potential problems. Should Ms. Clinton win in November, she will bring to the Oval Office a web of connections and potential conflicts of interest, developed over decades in private, public and, in the case of her family’s philanthropic work, quasi-public activities. As secretary, she pledged to keep her official world and her family’s foundation separate, and she failed to keep them separate enough. Such sloppiness would not be acceptable in the White House.

Going even further, the Albuquerque Journal’s scathing critique called it “completely in character with the Clinton machine.”

To be sure, the actions of Clinton and her aides are complicated and at times difficult to follow, but the Journal summarized it simply:

For those keeping track of the number of lies, add another notch. For those who have quit trying to tally, just take note.