Bill Clinton Defends Foreign Donations to Foundation, $500K Speeches


Former President Bill Clinton appeared on NBC's Today Show to defend his wife from criticism surrounding donations for their family foundation. "There is no doubt in my mind that we have never done anything knowingly inappropriate in terms of taking money to influence any kind of American government policy," he said. "That just hasn't happened."

On the price tag: "I spend a couple of hours a day just doing the research. People like to hear me speak."

FORMER PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: I don't think there is anything sinister in trying to get wealthy people in countries which are seriously involved in development to spend their money wisely in a way that helps poor people, and lifts them up, I don't think there is anything bad about it. I think it is good!

There has been a very deliberate attempt effort to take the Foundation down. And there are almost no new fact that is known now...

I don't think I did anything that was against the interests of the U.S.

QUESTION: Do you understand though, the perception itself is the problem. You don't?

No. I don't want to get into the weeds here. I'm not responsible for anybody else's perception. I asked Hillary and she said that no one has ever tried to influence me by helping you. No one has even suggested they have a shred of evidence about that.

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