The Clinton Foundation said Wednesday that Chelsea Clinton will stay on her family charity’s board even if her mother is elected president, The Wall Street Journal reports. Former President Bill Clinton has said he will step down from the board of the charity he founded if Hillary Clinton wins the election in November.
A spokeswoman for Chelsea Clinton said she plans to remain with the charity because she “is committed to ensuring that those benefiting from the foundation’s work will be able to continue receiving that often life-changing help.” It is not clear whether she will continue raising moneyfor the foundation, which has pledged to forgo gifts from foreign or corporate entities to avoid potential conflicts of interest during a Hillary Clinton administration.
Ethics watchdogs tell Politico that Chelsea Clinton’s continued involvement and slow wind-down of its international programs outlined earlier this week by the charity’s president, Donna Shalala, will keep alive questions about intermingling of foundation and government business under a second Clinton presidency.
Hillary Clinton fired back on CNN Wednesday against Republican claims that she granted access and favors to foundation donors while serving as secretary of state and added to criticism of an Associated Press story suggesting her State Department meeting schedule was weighted toward the charity’s supporters.
The article implied that her meetings with figures like Melinda Gates and Nobel Peace Prize-winner Muhammad Yunus were “somehow due to connections with the foundation instead of their status as highly respected global leaders,” Ms. Clinton said. “That is absurd.”
In the meantime, a growing chorus of major media outlets are calling for the Clinton Foundation to be shut down in the event of a Hillary Clinton victory in November, Reuters writes, with The Washington Post and USA Today so editorializing Wednesday. New Yorker columnist John Cassidy argues that the charity should continue its good works, but to do so without an appearance of impropriety, it must shed all connections to the Clintons and their inner circle.