The AP reported here on the number of meetings that HRC had with "...people outside of government". More than half of them were Clinton Foundation donors, according to the report.
The implications are clear that either:
a) If you want to meet with the Secretary of State to pitch your case you need to donate to the Clinton Foundation and/or,
b) If you are already a donor you can demand access in exchange for an undertaking to keep donating.
In either case, as is so often the case with the Clintons, the whole thing stinks.
Scott Johnson, one of the proprietors of the Powerline, blog writes today of a telephone interview HRC did with Jake Tapper of CNN last night. UPDATE: It appears that the interview was with Anderson Cooper, not Tapper
Mr. Johnson writes, correctly in my view, that HRC's attempt to explain all these meetings with donors away as innocuous is "pathetic".
It is actually an excellent example of the Clinton method. Here is the gist of her explanation as reported by Mr. Johnson.
“I know there is a lot of smoke, and there is no fire. This AP report?
Put it in context. This excludes nearly 2,000 meetings I had with world
leaders, plus countless other meetings with U.S. government officials
when I was secretary of state. It looked at a small portion of my time,”.
In time honored Clinton fashion she did not answer the obvious question of the appearance of impropriety. She answered a question that was never asked. I don't recall any commentators wondering why she was wasting her time with these meetings. They want to know why they happened at all.
The answer is unfortunately obvious to anyone with eyes and the willingness to see what is before them. The woman is hopelessly corrupt.
As Mr. Johnson says of her explanation, " One doesn’t need to be a genius to see through it." I guess I just proved his point!