Interim DNC Chair Donna Brazile on ABC “This Week” tried to dismiss charges Hillary Clinton was corrupt by saying “we often criminalize behavior that is normal.” During an interview with Martha Raddatz, Ms. Brazile responded to an AP report revealing more than half of those who either met or had phone conversations with Mrs. Clinton during her tenure as secretary also gave to her family’s charities.
“First of all, Martha, the way I look at it, I’ve been a government official,” Brazile said. “So, you know, this notion that, somehow or another, someone who is a supporter, someone who is a donor, somebody who’s an activist, saying I want access, I want to come into a room and I want to meet people, we often criminalize behavior that is normal. And it’s — I don’t — I don’t see what the smoke is.”
The DNC chair’s comments come after Mrs. Clinton said this week that there is “smoke, but no fire” at the Clinton Foundation. An AP review of the available material, which accounts for roughly half of her schedule and was obtained after years of stonewalling, found at least 85 of 154 Clinton Foundation donors, or 55% with private interests were given special access to the State Department and Mrs. Clinton.
The review marked the first “systematic effort” to “calculate the scope of the intersecting interests of Clinton foundation donors and people who met personally with Clinton or spoke to her by phone about their needs,” the AP reported. The State Department, which thus far released only half of Mrs. Clinton’s schedules, announced late Friday it is refusing to release the rest until after Election Day. The agency told an AP lawyer late Friday that the last of the detailed schedules won’t be release until sometime around December 30.
Brazile quickly tried to pivot to Clinton campaign talking points, stating Donald Trump should distance himself from alt-right’s “renaissance of racism.”