He’s been lambasting the Clinton Foundation lately, calling it ‘corrupt’ and accusing Hillary Clinton of running a “pay-to-play scheme” that allegedly rewarded donors with special treatment.Nevertheless, Donald Trump apparently saw fit to donate at least $100,000 to the foundation.
Trump: The Crimes Committed By The Clinton Foundation Are Too Numerous To Mention In One Speech
That’s according to a 2009 tax document being circulated online late Tuesday and the Clinton Foundation itself.
“Donald J. Trump” is listed on the foundation’s website under a list of individuals and organizations that have donated $100,000 to $250,000.
In fact, here’s the itemized list of Trump’s charitable contributions:
The foundation is now under fire as a result of Trump’s accusations. Clinton has denounced his accusations, but even so Trump has called for an independent investigation. He’s also called for the organization to be shuttered entirely.
At a rally in Akron, Ohio Monday, the billionaire real estate mogul called for a special prosecutor to be appointed to investigate Hillary Clinton’s involvement with the foundation during her time as U.S. secretary of state.“After the FBI and Department of Justice whitewash of the Clinton email crimes, they certainly cannot be trusted to quickly or impartially investigate Hillary Clinton’s crimes,” he said at the rally, referring to Clinton’s use of a private email server.”
And on Anderson Cooper 360, Trump’s newest campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway was grilled by Cooper, who asked:
“No, it seems like he had access to her anytime he wanted. She went to his wedding,” Conway said. “No, he was not paying to play.”
But Trump has primarily attacked the organization’s ties to foreign governments and business leaders. He insists they contributed in order to get something in return.
“It is impossible to figure out where the Clinton Foundation ends and the State Department begins,” he said Tuesday at a rally in Austin, Texas. “The specific crimes committed to carry out that enterprise are too numerous to cover in this speech.”
Throughout the 2016 election, Trump has done this weird bull-in-the-china-shop routine. Trying to figure out why he’s attacking the Clinton’s not-for-profit organization after donating at least $100,000 to it could cause one’s brain to short-circuit. Did he not get what he wanted out of the situation, or is he just doing this for more attention?
Either way, he’s listed on the foundation’s website as giving between $100,001 to $250,000.
And according to the website:
“As part of the Foundation’s commitment to transparency, we publicly disclose those who support our efforts on a quarterly basis. This list is comprised of those who have made contributions or grants to advance the work of any part of the Clinton Foundation, as well as membership, sponsorship, and conference fees for the Clinton Global Initiative.”
And Conway told Cooper that Trump contributed because he thinks the organization did good work. I’m sure.
“The Clinton Foundation does a lot of good work and I also want to say that for the record that they do,” she said. “They do good work. And let’s hope that money went to good use.”
Hillary Clinton has responded to Trump’s attacks:
“There is absolutely no connection between anything that I did as a secretary of state and the Clinton Foundation,” she said in a statement last month.
And in light of the accusations leveled against her, Clinton’s campaign said that the foundation will stop receiving foreign and corporate donations if she’s elected in November.
What’s the next dust-up going to be between Trump and Clinton?
Stay tuned and in the meantime watch the video of Anderson Cooper grilling Kellyanne Conway.Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway: Trump was not “paying to play” when he donated to the Clinton Foundation. https://t.co/UFzRy5LATI