Sunday, June 5, 2016

Conflict of interest: Sanders assails Clinton over Foundation

05_bernie_sanders_31_gty_1160.jpgBernie Sanders has largely been silent in the debate about the Clinton Foundation’s ties to foreign governments – including some with poor human rights records. But in the final week of the primary season against Hillary Clinton, the Vermont senator finally unleashed a few jabs on the issue.
“If you asked me about the Clinton Foundation, do I have a problem when a sitting secretary of state and a foundation run by her husband collects many millions of dollars from foreign governments, governments which are dictatorships … yeah I do,” Sanders said in an interview Sunday morning on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Sanders cited Saudi Arabia, a contributor to the foundation, which he notes restricts civil liberties. “You don’t have a lot of respect there for opposition points of view for gay rights or women’s rights,” he said.
Asked by host Jake Tapper whether that presents a conflict of interest for Clinton, he responded, “I do.”

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