Longtime Clinton Insider Says Hillary Hasn’t Given ‘Convincing Explanation’ For Email, Donation Scandals

Chuck Ross Investigative Reporter
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The former Clinton White House secretary of labor Robert Reich is throwing Hillary under the scooby bus.

Reich says that Hillary Clinton needs to be more transparent and that she has more yet to explain concerning her use of a private email account as secretary of state and the millions of dollars she and Bill have been paid for speeches.

“She hasn’t yet given a convincing explanation for why she used a private email account when she was secretary of state, and why she and her husband have made so many speeches for hundreds of thousands of dollars a pop from special interests that presumably want something in return,” the former Clinton confidant told ABC News.

“In other words, she needs to be more open and transparent about everything.”

Reich, who now teaches at Berkeley, also appeared to back away from his past support of Clinton, whose Democratic challengers include former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

“I’ve known Hillary Clinton since she was 19, and have a great deal of confidence in her,” said Reich, a staunch progressive. “At the same time, I agree with Bernie Sanders on much of what he says.”

“As chairman of Common Cause, a nonpartisan national citizen’s group dedicated to getting big money out of politics, I don’t feel free to endorse either one of them.”

Reich has not let his position at Common Cause deter him from endorsing Clinton in the past, however. He was chairman of the organization’s national board when he said he would back her in 2013. He joined the organization in 2010.

In April, Common Cause called for an audit of the Clinton Foundation’s books.

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