The Obama administration said that it didn’t know much about the latest Hillary Clinton scandal. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
The Obama administration said Wednesday that it didn’t know too much and didn’t care to look into the latest scandal to hit Hillary Clinton’s campaign: the release of documents that appear to show she gave several donors to the Clinton Foundation special access to the State Department when she ran it.
Several questions were asked about whether there were fears at the White House or State Department that Clinton operated a “pay-to-play” system, or whether it even looked bad enough to warrant further investigation.
But at each turn, officials said they simply didn’t know enough about it to comment, and indicated they wouldn’t be doing much to look into it further.
At the White House, spokesman Josh Earnest was asked if Clinton took appropriate steps to ensure her foundation business didn’t overlap with her duties at the State Department. But Earnest essentially said he didn’t know enough about it.
“I think in order to draw a final assessment like you’re asking for requires a detailed understanding of the minutia that, frankly, I don’t have,” he said.
Earnest did assure the press that Clinton was subject to broad ethics rules, and said President Obama is “quite proud” of how he’s run his administration over the last seven and a half years. But on the details of latest scandal, Earnest said he’d leave it up to the press to sort it all out.
“I know all of you are closely covering this story, as you should, and the American people will ultimately consider the facts and draw their own conclusions about these kinds of questions,” he said.
When asked if Obama is curious about the scandal, and whether he wants to find out more about it, Earnest deflected and said those pursuing it are “looking for an opportunity to score some political points.”
He then repeated that it’s up to the “American people” to “sift through all this and draw their own conclusions.”