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Interim Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Donna Brazile told ABC’s Martha Raddatz on Sunday that she didn’t see “what the smoke is” over the links between the State Department and its links to the Clinton Foundation, when the media should be focusing on a bigger problem—the hacking of DNC emails.

Brazile appeared on ABC’s This Week, where Raddatz tried to keep her on track relating to the emails that reveal Clinton’s State Department giving access to her family foundation’s donors while she was secretary of state.

Raddatz asked Brazile if she saw any problems with Clinton Foundation officials seeking invitations for major donors to State Department events, including a presidential speech and sitting next to vice-president Biden, as newly released emails revealed last week:

Brazile : Based on what I’ve seen, I understand that there’s a new round of fresh eyes looking at more emails that might be released. I’ve been dealing with another situation involving emails that were leaked. Private information that has been put out—

Raddatz: Let’s stick with the foundation.

Brazile: Well, I’ve got to stick with what I know. I’m not an official at the State Department, nor did I work at the Clinton Foundation.

Raddatz: I know, but answer that question. Do you have a problem with that co-mingling?

Brazile: Well first of all Martha, I’ve been a government official, so this notion that somehow or another, someone who’s a supporter, someone who’s a donor, somebody who’s an activist saying I want access, I want to come into a room, and I want to meet people … We often criminalize behavior that is normal,” she said. “I don’t see what the smoke is. I understand why it’s being discussed, but like I said, I’ve been dealing with another situation, another email situation. The DNC was a victim of a cybercrime, an attack and that has been my focus, not the focus of another round of email controversy.

Raddatz read to Brazile the Clinton Foundation announcement that it would not accept foreign or corporate donations if Hillary Clinton becomes president, and asked why the changes are appropriate if she is elected president but not while she was secretary of state?

Rather than answer the question, Brazile went into the foundation-does-great-things mode.

“They’ve helped millions of people across the globe and here in America,” she said. “I think they’ve shown over and over again that they’re willing to be transparent and that they’ve gone beyond the letter of the law to show that they are trying to make sure there are bright red, green, purple lines that will separate them from any type of conflict.”

Yes, Donna Brazile, they are so transparent that it only took a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act request to obtain the emails so the public could see what really transpired between Clinton’s State Department and her family foundation.


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