In an interview with Jake Tapper of CNN, former President Bill Clinton defended the controversy surrounding the Clinton Foundation. Clinton said no one had brought the issue up before, until his wire, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, decided to be the Democratic party's 2016 presidential nominee.
"Nobody even suggested or talked about it or thought about it until the political season began and somebody said, well, what about this?" a perplexed Clinton said, trying to explain the issues with the Clinton Foundation.
JAKE TAPPER, CNN: I want to address a couple issues having to do with the Clinton Foundation, since it has been in the news a lot lately. I've heard you say that there's no evidence that any of the donors who have given to the foundation received anything in response from the State Department while Secretary Clinton was there.
FORMER PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: Nobody even suggested or talked about it or thought about it until the political season began and somebody said, well, what about this? Now, some of the companies that supported the foundation for years, many of them before she was ever Secretary of State. She was a Senator when I left office, though -- they do this, they do philanthropy, too. No one had ever asked me for anything or any of that.