Bill Clinton defends work of Clinton Foundation

Lugar said moving forward, if she wins the White House, he hopes she and Bill Clinton make a completely clean break from the foundation to avoid anyone thinking that favor is being given to people who helped out the foundation. "Come November 8th, we are once again going to have a government that serves you and your family and your country, not the special interests, the donors and the lobbyists".

"In my opinion, and in the opinion of lots of Americans, this should have been done long ago", she said.

Questions remain as to how much influence donors and foreign governments to the foundation had over State Department business and how much they will have should Clinton win the White House. "They'd give you a resounding no because of the good that it has done". But the frequency of the overlaps shows the intermingling of access and donations, and fuels perceptions that giving the foundation money was a price of admission for face time with Clinton.

Republicans have described the foundation as a venue for "pay to play" in which wealthy donors and foreign governments got access to the former top USA diplomat through her family's philanthropic work.

The decision comes amid intensifying scrutiny over the foundation's practices as Republicans use its connections to wealthy worldwide players to attack Clinton's tenure as secretary of state.

As Judicial Watch reports: "The Abedin emails reveal that the longtime Clinton aide apparently served as a conduit between Clinton Foundation donors and Hillary Clinton while Clinton served as secretary of state".

Moreover, the diversion to "little-C" markings is an effort to distract the public from the disturbing finding by the Federal Bureau of Investigation that Clinton was "extremely careless" in handling her emails, and should have protected the information whether or not it had a classification marking.

According to ABC News, the final meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative - which is the global wing of the foundation - would be held in the Big Apple in September regardless of the outcome of the November elections.

State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the Federal Bureau of Investigation had handed over about 14,900 new emails to the department, both personal and government-related, that would be made public.

But questions persist about the level of influence foundation donors had at the State Department. After months of campaigning, Bernie Sanders is finally getting under Hillary Clinton's skin.

"Much of the foundation's worldwide work, like that of most global NGOs, is funded in part by donor governments' bilateral aid programs".

"If Hillary is elected, we will transition those programmes out of the Foundation to other organisations committed to continuing their work".

Robby Mook, Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign manager, told CNN on Sunday that the additional safeguards were "unprecedented ... in terms of disclosure and limits". It is clear the foundation has become a conservative media problem for Hillary Clinton. Under the pretenses of charitable work, the foundation has furthered the interests of the Clintons and their corporate and wealthy donors across the globe.

He's about one year older than his wife, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, who will turn 69 in October. However, her name, as well as Hillary Clinton's, would be dropped from the charity's title, which would revert to the Clinton Foundation from its current formal name, the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. The foundation has estimated that commitments by its members have improved the lives of more than 430 million people in more than 180 countries.

Under the proposed changes, the family's charitable group would only accept donations from USA citizens and independent charities.

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