Good old American common sense says,
“Where there’s smoke their fire.”
However, that’s not what Hillary Clinton would have you to believe– and the republican candidate for president, Donald Trump isn’t buying it. He’s making sure the press does their job in covering the story of the Clinton foundation’s use of public office for personal gain.
“Speaking to CNN’s Anderson Cooper in her first national news interview in nearly a month, Clinton pushed back against Trump’s accusations and issued perhaps her most succinct answers on her use of a private email server during her time leading the State Department.”
“What is the Clinton Foundation and why is it controversial?” Asked Anderson.
“What Trump has said is ridiculous,” Clinton said. “My work as secretary of state was not influenced by any outside forces. I made policy decisions based on what I thought was right.”
She added: “I know there’s a lot of smoke, and there’s no fire.”
No, fire? Well according to Trump, her state department was full of smoke.
“It is impossible to figure out where the Clinton Foundation ends and the State Department begins,”
Trump said Tuesday night at a rally in Austin, Texas. “The specific crimes committed to carry out that enterprise are too numerous to cover in this speech.”
Could the tens of thousands of missing emails have revealed more about the link between the state department than the private foundation? That would make perfect sense. If you are combining personal and work related business, you wouldn’t want your personal in view of your work colleagues. Right? Especially if they had to do with money.
Several reports have Hillary Clinton telling the FBI that she used a private server because of a former, and much admired Secretary of State Colin Powell.
However, Colin Powell isn’t willing to be her patsy, and has stated clearly,
“Her people have been trying to pin it on me.”
Of course, when Anderson Cooper asked her about the fact that Powell firmly denies any such conversation ever took place, she brushed it off by saying, “I am not going to relitigate in public my private conversation with him, I have been asked many, many questions in the past year about emails and what I have learned is that when I try to explain what happened, it can sound like I am trying to excuse what I did…I believe the public will be and is considering my full record and experience as they consider their choice for president.”
Full record? How can we consider her full record when we can’t see her record through the haze? Hopefully Donald Trump will continue to push the press to find the fire. In the meantime, what is clear with the Clinton campaign is that there is a lot of smoke– and mirrors.