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Bill Clinton slams those accusing the Clinton Foundation for corruption

President Donald Trump’s alleged crude remarks made earlier this week about Haiti and some African nations have inspired a backlash from the media to politicians alike. Despite having a sketchy history in Haiti himself, Bill Clinton crawled out of the woodwork to criticize the president — and defend his Foundation’s record at the same time.

Responding to recent criticism from some on the right alleging that the Clintons used money from the Clinton Foundation to pay for their daughter Chelsea’s wedding, former President Bill Clinton tweeted on Saturday that the accusations were “untrue” and a “personal insult” to his family. 

Allegations of personal corruption, a pay-to-play scheme, and the use of the foundation as their personal slush fund have dogged the Clintons and their Foundation for years.

“Untrue and a Personal Insult”

Trump’s alleged controversial remarks renewed scrutiny over possible mishandling of Haitian earthquake relief funds by the Clinton Foundation. To make matters worse for the Foundation, allegations that funds were used from the Clinton Foundation to pay for Chelsea Clinton’s wedding have also come back to light.

According to The Daily Mail, allegations about misuse of funds for the wedding “first surfaced a day before the 2016 presidential election, when WikiLeaks published emails from Hillary [Clinton]’s campaign in which John Podesta [Hillary’s campaign chairman] discussed the wedding and ‘resources’ from the Foundation being used.”

But Bill Clinton took to Twitter to defend his family and their Foundation on Saturday:

Not content with his attempt to clear the air, the former president also took the opportunity to take a swipe at Trump:

Hillary Clinton also couldn’t help but opine on the president’s remarks. She tweeted:

The anniversary of the devastating earthquake 8 years ago is a day to remember the tragedy, honor the resilient people of Haiti, & affirm America’s commitment to helping our neighbors. Instead, we’re subjected to Trump’s ignorant, racist views of anyone who doesn’t look like him.

Despite the former first family’s efforts to turn the public’s attention elsewhere, the Clinton Foundation is currently under investigation by the Justice Department over “pay-to-play” allegations regarding Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of State.

Leaked Emails

Emails dumped by WikiLeaks in 2016 revealed that the initial allegations of the Clintons’ use of Foundation funds to pay for Chelsea’s wedding were made by Clinton Foundation official, Doug Band. The emails show that Band wrote to Podesta:

The investigation into her getting paid for campaigning, using foundation resources for her wedding and life for a decade, taxes on money from her parents. I hope that you will speak to her and end this once we go down this road.

This may or may not be criminal behavior, however.

Philip T. Hackney, Associate Professor at Louisiana State University’s Law Center, explained the two legal possibilities to the Washington Post:

Assuming that Clinton Foundation employees happened to volunteer at the wedding, and were not doing it on their time paid as a Clinton Foundation employee, there is no way it violates the inurement rule. If on the other hand, of course, these employees were paid for that time by the Clinton Foundation, that would likely violate the provision.

While Bill and Hillary Clinton may take allegations against their foundation as “personal insults,” that does not change the fact there is an immense amount of smoke coming from the organization, which has been the center of controversy for years.

And we all know where there’s smoke, there’s probably fire.

Hopefully, with the pending investigation, the truth will finally come out.