State Department Won't Review Foreign Donations To Clinton Foundation

| by Kathryn Schroeder
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The State Department will not review previously undisclosed donations given to a branch of the Clinton Foundation while Hillary Clinton served as Secretary of State.

State Department Spokesman Jeff Rathke made the announcement today. He said the contributions that have been questioned, made to the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) by private donors in a possible conflict of interest, would not have been reviewed even if they had been disclosed under the terms of ethics agreements Clinton signed before she took the office of Secretary of State. Only donations to the foundation from foreign governments or speaking fees for former President Bill Clinton were subject to examination.

The Clinton Health Access Initiative admitted to not disclosing all private donations while Clinton served as Secretary of State.

"The State Department has not and does not intend to initiate a formal review, or to make a retroactive judgment about items that were not submitted during Secretary Clinton's tenure," Rathke said.

"The department's actions under Secretary Clinton were taken to advance administration policy as set by the president and in the interests of American foreign policy," Rathke added. "And, to be clear ... we aren't aware of any actions taken by Secretary Clinton that were influenced by donations to the Clinton Foundation or its offshoots, or by speech honoraria and consultancies of former President Clinton."

Rathke added that the State Department regrets all of the information promised by the Clintons' foundations were not supplied.

“We regret that we did not have the opportunity to review all new and increased foreign government donations,” Rathke said.

Rathke added that the Clinton Foundation and CHAI are reviewing their records, which should lead to all of the information being made public, The Blaze reports.

“We welcome these steps to ensure that all foreign donations are public,” Rathke said.

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Sources: AP, The Blaze

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