Campaign manager Robby Mook and longtime Clinton confidant John Podesta thought the deal would look bad
Contribution to Clinton Foundation ‘was HRC’s idea’
Contribution Occurred Just Before Hillary’s Announcement
BY ABQ FREE PRESS WEEKLY STAFF
Fox News scored what is being called in the news media a “brutal, clean hit” on Hillary Clinton through the revelation that, before she announced for President, she was soliciting the King of Morocco for $12 million for the Clinton Foundation.
Campaign manager Robby Mook and longtime Clinton confidant John Podesta thought the deal – in which Clinton had committed to speak at an event for King Mohammed VI on the condition of his $12 million donation – would look bad. Clinton aide Huma Abedin tried to explain that it was simply too late to back out, according to emails made public by WikiLeaks.
“This was HRC’s idea,” Abedin wrote in an email on which Podesta was cc’d.
The team eventually reached a compromise. Hillary Clinton didn’t show up, but Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton did, and the money for the foundation came through, the Huffington Post reported.
Although the exchange occurred two years after she stepped down as secretary of state and before she announced her candidacy, it is generally frowned upon for potential presidential candidates to be pumping foreign leaders for money, and her staff recognized it, the HuffPost reported.
On “Fox News Sunday” last month, host Chris Wallace took Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook to task on the controversy.
“Why wasn’t that classic pay-to-play?” Wallace asked.
“But, Robby, there is some new stuff,” Wallace responded. “Emails show ― and I’m going to go through some of them ― you were not happy at all the idea of this meeting and her going there.”
Mook maintained that it was all just a scheduling issue that had nothing to do with corruption or public perceptions of corruption.
“We didn’t want her going overseas,” Mook said. “I didn’t want her going overseas before the campaign was kicking off. Again, these are stolen documents.”