Former President Bill Clinton defended his family’s foundation in an NBC News interview that aired Monday.
“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,” Clinton said, according to NBC. “That just hasn’t happened.”
The Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation has drawn scrutiny in recent weeks as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton campaigns for president in 2016.
A high-profile new book, “Clinton Cash,” alleges that Bill Clinton earned speaking fees and contributions to the foundation in exchange for favours from the State Department. The Clintons and their allies, however, have dismissed the book as a collection of partisan conspiracy theories about information that was mostly public already.
“There has been a very deliberate attempt to take the foundation down,” Bill Clinton said on NBC.
Clinton, giving his interview amid a tour of the Clinton Foundation’s African projects, also insisted there was nothing wrong with soliciting huge contributions from rich people and foreign countries.
“I don’t think there’s anything sinister in trying to get wealthy people, and countries that are seriously involved in development, to spend their money wisely in a way that helps poor people and moves them up. I don’t think there’s anything bad with that,” he said. “I think it’s good.”
And as far as his own speaking fees are concerned — which reportedly command as much as $US500,000 per event — Clinton said he wasn’t planning on stopping anytime soon.
“I gotta pay our bills,” he said.
Watch the interview below:
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