Clinton Foundation President Donna Shalala needs to make up her mind whether or not foundation donors were able to trade their donations for access to Hillary when she ran the state department.
On Thursday Shalala, who was also Bubba’s HHS secretary, sat down for an interview with CNN’s Alisyn Camerota and demonstrated why she remains an obedient member of Team Clinton. When asked about foundation donors being able to leverage their donations to gain access to Ms. Clinton when she was running State Department, Shalala said, “That never happened. Never happened, I don’t care who asked for what. It never happened. It just did not happen.”
Shalala: “And guess what, that never happened. It never happened. I don’t care. I don’t care who asked for what, it never happened. It just did not happen.”
…) “People in public life are used to doing that kind of [thing], that is, making courtesy appointments for people. I certainly did it as Secretary with requests from Republicans in Congress. So I don’t find it unusual, we do have to be careful that it’s not linked to policy decisions as opposed to simply seeing prominent people that ask for appointments.”
But in she is talking about a different world because in Washington DC getting the meeting itself is the real prize. The inside-the-beltway culture is all aboud access.
So which is it? Were the donors getting the meetings or not. And if they got the meetings were the donors able to influence policy. Or as to paraphrase what her boss Bubba Clinton once said, Hillary had the meetings, but did she inhale