Mika Brzezinski ultimately insisted Hillary Clinton used her position at the State Department to refer business to the Clinton Foundation because they have “unencumbered money.”
Brzezinski argued Tuesday on “Morning Joe” that Hillary set up a private server so that she could “criss-cross interests” between the State Department and the Clinton Foundation.
Mika Brzezinski: There are plenty of e-mails about Clinton’s e-mail, itself. In one, Clinton asks a top aide to help her learn to use her so-called “hPad,” it’s the iPad. In another, Huma Abedin tells the secretary that someone tried to email her on her personal address and it bounced back. So the person called the State Department asking for help assuming she used official email. Abide added “they have no idea it was you, a random address, so they emailed. There is also one email that provides a glimpse into the workings of the Clinton Foundation. This one from Hillary Clinton to aide Cheryl Mills, they are discussing aid to rebuild schools in Haiti after it’s devastating earthquake in January 2010. Clinton writes, “Great ideas, let’s work towards solid proposal. Maybe to Red Cross and Clinton Foundation since they have unencumbered money.”
Joe Scarborough: Explain that to me, Mika. What just happened?
Brzezinski: She’s just you know getting some things over the Clinton Foundation that might be helpful to Haiti, I guess.
Scarborough: What do you think about that?
Brzezinski: I think that’s probably, probably, I don’t know, because it’s not enough.
Scarborough: I’m going to ask you what you ask poor people like Gene Robinson when they try to hedge and be polite. I’m going to hold you to your own standard. Now, tell me truthfully, what do you think about the fact that a secretary of state is using her position to guide business to the Clinton Foundation. What do you think?
Brzezinski: It looks that way, there is only one email. But that definitely was a concern that I thought, “What are we going to see in these emails?” I bet you, one of the reasons a private server was set up so they could criss-cross interests, which is, you know, probably not what should have been done, but secondly, something you want to think about when you are looking at how she leads…
Scarborough: Mike, what does it look like to you?
Mike Barnicle: You know, I don’t really know.
Brzezinski: Ultimately it helps the Foundation, Bill Clinton gets speeches, blah, blah, blah.
Barnicle: I am forced to think because of the flurry of activity about the deleted emails, the 30,000 emails have been deleted. That a lot of those emails or a percentage have to do with Hillary Clinton’s political future. I think she is emailing back and forth with people about her prospects for eventually.
Scarborough: But we don’t know.
Barnicle: No, nobody knows. She knows, but we don’t know. I don’t think we will ever know.