The other half of Washington's most credible couple makes a promise:
If Hillary Clinton Wins, Foundation Will Stop Accepting Foreign Donations
By Amy Chozick Aug 18 2016
Facing criticism for some of the donations given to his family’s philanthropy, Bill Clinton said on Thursday that the Clinton Foundation would no longer accept foreign or corporate money and that he would resign from its board should Hillary Clinton win the presidency.
Mr. Clinton’s announcement, which he relayed to foundation employees in a meeting on Thursday, followed the recent release of State Department emails mentioning donors to the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation who had contact with aides to Mrs. Clinton while she was the secretary of state.
The donations have become a lighting rod in Mrs. Clinton’s campaign against Donald J. Trump, who has repeatedly implied that foreign donors had corrupted his opponent’s tenure as secretary of state. On Tuesday, the Trump campaign pointed to an editorial in The Boston Globe titled “Clinton Foundation Should Stop Accepting Funds.”
So what is this, the "Full Employment for Influence Peddlers and Money Launderers" pledge of 2016? We can color even the Times skeptical:
Mr. Clinton’s decisions were first reported Thursday by The Associated Press and were confirmed by Craig Minassian, a foundation spokesman. The charity will rely only on contributions from American citizens and charities should Mrs. Clinton become president, Mr. Clinton explained.
But the new provision will not necessarily ease concerns about how the foundation and its supporters would be dealt with by a Hillary Clinton Administration.
Ms. Chozick goes on to explain that plenty of American citizens had business before the State Department and will have it it before the Clinton Administration.
And in any case, will this pledge from Mr. Credible prevent foreigners from hiring Bill or other Friends of Hillary for lucrative speeches or "consulting" gigs? Will it prevent a foreigner from using a US based charity as a middleman for a wheel-greasing donation?
And will side deals even be disclosed? I know, right? Back in the days of the controversial uranium sale to the Russkies, Hillary accidentally forgot to keep the White House apprised of her donor list, despite her promise to do so. Ooops.
As the Russians gradually assumed control of Uranium One in three separate transactions from 2009 to 2013, Canadian records show, a flow of cash made its way to the Clinton Foundation. Uranium One’s chairman used his family foundation to make four donations totaling $2.35 million. Those contributions were not publicly disclosed by the Clintons, despite an agreement Mrs. Clinton had struck with the Obama White House to publicly identify all donors. Other people with ties to the company made donations as well.
And shortly after the Russians announced their intention to acquire a majority stake in Uranium One, Mr. Clinton received $500,000 for a Moscow speech from a Russian investment bank with links to the Kremlin that was promoting Uranium One stock.
But Bill has promised to keep his hand, and Hillary's, and Chelsea's out of the cookie jar, so we can all relax.