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May 08, 2015

State Department Won't Review Gifts to Clinton Health Charity

The State Department said Thursday it does not plan to conduct a review of donations to the Clinton Health Access Initiative, a branch of the Clinton Foundation that did not disclose gifts during Hillary Clinton's term as secretary of state, the Associated Press reports.

Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said that even if the initiative had disclosed the gifts earlier, they would not have been reviewed at the time because only contributions to the foundation from foreign governments and former President Bill Clinton's speaking fees were subject to vetting under an ethics pact signed by Ms. Clinton before she joined the Obama administration, aimed to avert potential conflicts of interest.

The department will not "make a retroactive judgment about items that were not submitted during Secretary Clinton's tenure," Mr. Rathke said, adding that "we aren't aware of any actions taken by Secretary Clinton that were influenced by donations to the Clinton Foundation or its offshoots, or by speech honoraria and consultancies of former President Clinton."