On this day in 2016, Claire McCaskill defended Hillary Clinton on Fox News Sunday when allegations of pay-for- play between the Clinton Foundation and State Department emerged. McCaskill claimed “there’s no evidence that Hillary Clinton ever changed anything she did in the State Department based on any activities of the Clinton Foundation.”
WALLACE: “Well, let’s take a look at that second case that you’re talking about. This involves a fellow named Doug Band who was a top official at the Clinton foundation. He e-mails Huma Abedin, one of Secretary Clinton’s closest aides, to arrange for Gilbert Chagoury, who contributed at least $1 million to the foundation, to talk to a top U.S. official. Senator McCaskill, you don’t have a problem with big donors to the foundation getting favors from the State Department?”
MCCASKILL: “Well, first of all, all this gentleman wanted to do was give information. He was asking for nothing.”
WALLACE: “But we don’t know that.” “That’s what Gilbert Chagoury says. Gilbert Chagoury is a fellow who has been in trouble with the law, had to give back millions of dollars. He says he wanted to talk to tell them about what his insight into the election in Lebanon. We don’t know if that’s true.”
MCCASKILL: “Well, we do know this. We know there’s no evidence based on what the State Department has said in the last few days, based on all of the investigations that have been done around an unprecedented release of e-mails in government, that there are no laws that have been broken. There was no evidence there was any pay-to-play.
As one of Clinton’s closest confidants, it is not shocking that McCaskill was willing to overlook the questionable connections between the Clinton Foundation and the operations of the State Department.