US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton says no revelations from emails or foreign entities’ ties to the Clinton Foundation are going to stop her from becoming president of the United States
“I am sure, and I am sure because I have a very strong foundation of understanding about the foundation” and the charitable work it has done, Clinton said in an interview with MSNBC on Friday.
Clinton’s remarks came two days after Julian Assange, the founder of whistleblowing website Wikileaks, said his organization planned to release more information linked to Clinton.
When asked if the data could be a game-changer in the November 8 presidential election, Assange told Fox News
on Wednesday: “I think it’s significant. You know, it depends on how it catches fire in the public and in the media.”
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gesturing during a press conference inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London. (AFP file photo)
Clinton, who is leading in the polls, has come under fire from Republicans over whether Clinton Foundation donors received favors from the State Department while she was secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump this week demanded an independent probe after more Clinton emails released as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit showed foundation donors lobbying her top aides for access.
Founded in 2001 by former President Bill Clinton, the foundation claims it is working to solve a range of issues from health and wellness to gender inequality across the world.
However, the organization has come under bipartisan fire for its foreign funding and the true nature of its activities over the past years.
Earlier this month, newly released emails from Clinton’s time as the former secretary of state raised questions about possible links between the department and the Clinton Foundation.
According to the emails, the foundation appears to have directly influenced some of the department’s decisions at the time.
Meanwhile, according to an Associated Press report, more than half the people outside government who met Clinton while she was America’s top diplomat offered donations to the Clinton Foundation.
“My work is not influenced by outside sources. I made policy decisions to keep Americans safe. I believe my aides also acted appropriately,” Clinton told MSNBC.
“We have gone above and beyond most of the legal requirements, beyond the standards to voluntarily disclose donors and to reduce sources of funding that raised questions — not that we thought they were necessarily legitimate, but to avoid those questions,” she said.