Sen. Bernard Sanders said Sunday that Hillary Clinton must cut ties with the Clinton Foundation, adding more pressure to the chorus of critics who say the former State Department secretary’s entanglements are damaging her.
The comments of Mr. Sanders, who fought a grueling primary battle with Mrs. Clinton this year, come just two days after the FBI released its notes of its criminal investigation interview with the former top diplomat, revealing that, despite being one of the country’s few officials able to deem material classified, she showed little understanding of that weighty responsibility.
Both her behavior toward her family’s foundation and her use of the secret email system during her time at the State Department — which some critics say was intended to further hide the foundation’s close connections during her time in office — have dogged Mrs. Clinton for months, and have dented her standing with voters.
Mr. Sanders, speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press” program, said he wasn’t sure whether the foundation needs to be shut down altogether, but said if Mrs. Clinton wins the White House, she needs to divorce herself from it.
“She should not be involved at the very least,” he said — and said it was possible the entire operation should be shuttered, though he acknowledged that given the charitable work it does, he’s not sure.
New emails retrieved from one of Mrs. Clinton’s aides showed top foundation executives regularly sought special favors for themselves and their supporters from the State Department.
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