Brian Fallon, press secretary for Hillary Clinton, sounded like he was on the verge of tears defending his boss Wednesday from allegations of pay-for-play while she was secretary of state.
Appearing on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” Mitchell said, “It does look like that fire wall that she promised the senate foreign relations committee would not be crossed was crossed. The gate keepers were people who were close aids. people who — one of them worked part-time for Teneo while he was in turn getting access for some of his clients.” (RELATED: Not A Joke: Satirist NAILS The Clinton Foundation In 35 Scathing Tweets)
The basis of Mitchell’s interview with Fallon was an AP report which said, “More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation. It’s an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president.” (RELATED: Bahrain’s Prince Got Audience With Clinton After Donating $32 Million To Her Foundation)
Responding to the report, an emotional Fallon said, “Let’s get to the heart of this. What is at issue here is an attack, a reprehensible attack on a charity, the Clinton Foundation, that just shows the double standard that Hillary Clinton is being subjected to here.” (RELATED: Clinton Foundation Donor Begged Huma For Face Time With Hillary, Emails Show)
“You did not see similar questions raised or attacks launched against George H.W. Bush who launched the Points of Life foundation after his presidency. You did not attacks waged on Bob Dole who ran for president in 1996 while his wife Liddy Dole was running the International Red Cross. And rightfully so because these are charitable organizations that are doing important work.”
“And the idea that they’d be dragged into a political back and forth and used as weapons for attack is completely absurd and beyond the pail,” Fallon said, his voice changing. “And I think if you look in recent months and years, the Clinton Foundation has been widely praised by Democrats and Republicans alike for years you have the likes John McCain, Candi Rice, Jeb bush, Carly Fiorina coming to the CGI conference in New York every year and praising and supporting the work of the Clinton Foundation. Donald Trump donated $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state.”
“Last night his campaign manager said that the Clinton Foundation has done important good work. It’s only now because she is running for president that the work of the Clinton Foundation is being tarred. But let’s look at what that foundation work is,” Fallon said. “More than half the people in the world receiving AIDS drugs received them from the Clinton Foundation. So no, the Clinton foundation will not be completely shuttering its work even if Clinton wins the presidency and for good reason. They want to continue this work. And you know what, if any American voter is troubled by the idea that the Clintons to want continue working the AIDs crisis on the side while Hillary Clinton is president, then don’t vote for her, but I think most voters are pretty reasonable on that point.”