Hillary Clinton may need to change her campaign theme from “Stronger together” to “What, me worry?”
Clinton gave a series of interviews Wednesday in which she was asked about the ongoing FBI investigation of her personal server as well as fundraising by the Clinton Foundation. Clinton’s answer was that she is not worried about any of it.
First up, Fox News’ Bret Baier asked Clinton about a previous statement she had made about the FBI investigation saying, “What basis did you tell this radio station, 1070 radio on Friday, that there is absolutely no possibility of an indictment? Has anybody from the DOJ talked to you or your representatives?” Clinton replied, “I will repeat what I said. That is not going to happen. There is no basis for it and I’m looking forward to this being wrapped up as soon as possible.”
Toward the end of the interview Baier took one more shot at asking if Clinton had any concerns about ongoing investigations. “The Clinton Foundation investigation, the FBI investigation of the email, you’re saying zero chance that this is a problem for you in this election?” Baier asked. Clinton replied, “Absolutely. That’s what I’m saying.”
Clinton also made an appearance on PBS’ NewsHour where she was asked about allegations regarding the Clinton Foundation’s fundraising. “Is the Foundation something you need to sever you and your family from completely if you are elected?” Judy Woodruff asked. Clinton replied, “I am not worried about this. I mean this is just more of the same recycled attacks that people like Donald Trump have been making against us for a long time.”
Finally, Clinton also appeared on CNN where host Anderson Cooper asked her about allegations Trump made about the Clinton Foundation Tuesday night saying, “If you’re president, will your husband divest himself of any association with the foundation?” Hillary declined to answer saying, “Anderson, we’ll cross that bridge if and when we come to it.”
“But let me just try to set the record straight,” Clinton continued, “We had absolutely overwhelming disclosure. Were there, you know, one or two instances that slipped through the cracks? Yes. But was the overwhelming amount of anything that anybody gave the Foundation disclosed? Absolutely.”
“But some big donors clearly want the association with your or your husband that being linked to the Foundation gives them,” Cooper said. “As President, obviously it’s vital that you or, certainly your husband, not appear to be in any way compromised. So, I guess, have you considered the idea of him stepping down?” he asked.
Clinton replied, “I’m not going to consider anything until we see what the circumstances are, but let me just point out that people give lots of money to presidential campaigns, don’t they?” She continued, “They give lots of money to political parties as well. So, you know, that is money that goes directly to support political activities of candidates. Money that has been given to the foundation goes to support humanitarian work.” Clinton concluded, “If people want to influence anybody in office I think they would choose the political route.”
The problem, of course, is that Secretaries of State don’t run for office and so don’t collect money directly as candidates. Therefore, people wanting to gain access or influence would have a difficult time choosing “the political route.”