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Bill Clinton Defends Clinton Foundation's Work

| by Ray Brown
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Former President Bill Clinton defended the controversial Clinton Foundation after numerous reports alleging that donations made to the nonprofit organization were in exchange for political favors.

“We’re trying to do good things,” Bill said, reports ABC News. “If there’s something wrong with creating jobs and saving lives, I don’t know what it is. The people who gave the money knew exactly what they were doing. I have nothing to say about it except I’m really proud.”

The scrutiny of the Clinton Foundation has dogged Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for several months, but has picked up in August as more more documents, including emails from her time as secretary of state, have come to light.

The Associated Press published an in-depth investigation on Aug. 23 that showed “more than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money -- either personally or through companies or groups -- to the Clinton Foundation.”

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The total amount of money from those donors, which didn't include foreign governments, added up to $156 million.

On Aug. 9, The New York Times published a story about a Clinton Foundation employee contacting Hillary Clinton's State Department office to arrange a meeting between Hillary Clinton and a wealthy, Lebanese businessman who donated to the Clinton Foundation.

Hillary Clinton's campaign has denied any quid pro quo actions facilitated by the Clinton Foundation and the State Department, but Bill, who serves on the board of the organization, said he would step down if his wife is elected president.

Bill also acknowledged that any transition would take some time.

“You just can’t do this stuff overnight,” Bill told ABC News. “Not if you don’t want anybody to lose their jobs or their form of income or their lives. That’s my only concern. And I want to take care of the people who work for me and give them a reasonable time to transition which they will.” 

Sources: ABC News, AP, The New York Times / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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