- The Washington Times - Friday, August 19, 2016

Donald Trump’s campaign and the Republican National Committee are knocking reports that the Clinton Foundation will dial back its foreign and corporate donations if Hillary Clinton is elected president, saying such an announcement is coming too late in the game to mean much.

“Follow the money with these people,” newly installed Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said on Fox News’ “Hannity” program Thursday. “They’re low-class grifters and gifters at every turn, whether it’s the money they make giving speeches, whether it’s the pay-for-play at the State Department.”

“Whether it’s what you just showed, which is that they actually had the audacity to release a statement saying if she’s elected, if we win, we’ll actually do the right thing,” she said.

The Associated Press reported Thursday the Clinton Foundation plans to dial back its foreign and corporate donations if Mrs. Clinton is elected president, and that former President Bill Clinton will not give paid speeches from now through the election and will not if Mrs. Clinton is elected.

The Republican National Committee called the move at the foundation “too little, too late.”

“After all, if everything was above board while Hillary Clinton ran the State Department as the Clintons have said, then why change a thing?” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said.

“But now that they have admitted there is a problem, the Clinton Foundation should immediately cease accepting foreign donations and return every penny ever taken from other countries, several of which have atrocious human rights records and ties to terrorism,” Mr. Priebus said.

A Boston Globe editorial earlier this week said the foundation should stop accepting funding and should be shut down if Mrs. Clinton is elected.

Recently released emails from the conservative legal group Judicial Watch showed a former top official at the foundation communicating with Mrs. Clinton’s aides when she was secretary of state about getting a major foundation donor to speak to the “substance person” on Lebanon.

• David Sherfinski can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

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