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State Dept.: No Review Of Clinton Foundation Donations



Friday, May 08, 2015
The State Department does not plan to review previous donations to the Clinton Foundation that went undisclosed, despite an agreement that the charity run by former President Bill Clinton would make its financial backers public during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state.

In response to a question about whether the State Department is looking into numerous reports that the Clintons did not live up to their end of the deal, spokesman Jeff Rathke on Thursday told reporters no.

“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,” he said.

The donations to the Clinton Health Access Initiative of the foundation, more than 1,000 of which went undisclosed and unreported on tax records, have raised questions about whether foreign individuals, businesses and governments were able to influence Clinton’s decisions as secretary of state through donations to her family foundation. Clinton, now a Democratic presidential candidate, had promised during her confirmation hearings that her family foundation would divulge its foreign backers.

“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 said.