Exclusive: Hillary Clinton Says Husband Bill Should Not Have to Resign From Foundation Until After Election

She said she does not think there are conflicts of interest.

ByABC News
September 5, 2016, 4:54 PM


— -- Hillary Clinton told ABC News' David Muir today that her husband, former President Bill Clinton, should not have to step down before the election from his position at the Clinton Foundation.

"I don't think there are conflicts of interest," the Democratic presidential nominee said in a joint interview today with running mate Sen. Tim Kaine. "I know that that's what has been alleged and never proven. But nevertheless, I take it seriously."

To watch David Muir's interview with Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine, watch "Good Morning America" at 7 a.m. Tuesday and "World News Tonight" at 6:30 p.m.

"I'm very proud of the work that the Clinton Foundation has done," Clinton said. "It's a world-renowned charity because of the work that my husband started and many, many people helped him with. ... He started this great work. He has made it his life's work, after the presidency. And he has said, if I am so fortunate enough to be elected, he will not be involved. And I think that is appropriate."

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Clinton said today that no decision she'd ever made as secretary of state had been "influenced by anybody."

"I feel very good about the work of the foundation. I feel very good about my service as secretary of state. No decision I ever made was influenced by anybody. What I made a decision based on was what was good for the United States, what was good for our values, our interests, and our security. And the State Department has confirmed there's no evidence of any such influence at all.

"All of these questions about the Clinton Foundation, I am more than happy to answer," she said. "But I do hope that people will take a look at what the foundation has done, what charitable enterprises it's involved in. ... No decision I made was, you know, influenced by anything other than doing what was best for the United States."

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