Obama officials are looking into the former president's finances. (Getty Images)
CHICAGO (CNN) – Two Obama transition officials confirm they have begun taking a look at former President Bill Clinton’s finances and post-presidential dealings as part of the early vetting process into whether or not there’s any negative information to wave President-elect Barack Obama off from consideration of Sen. Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.
The officials said the transition team is seeking unspecified records from the former president to get a better handle on issues related to his foundation work and presidential library to try and deal with potential conflicts of interest if Sen. Clinton is nominated for the post.
While the officials refused to say how quickly the information is being turned over, they are refuting a Politico report suggesting transition officials are exasperated by slow cooperation from the Clintons.
“That is just not true,” said one of the Obama transition officials.
so tired of sources..who are they anyway??
I don't buy that Obama would offer H. Clinton this top cabinet position because he "owes" the Clintons anything, nor do I see this as inconsistent with the Obama we elected. Rather, this would be Obama's attempt to emulate Lincoln in creating a "Team of Rivals" for his cabinet. I think it reveals this guy's amazing maturity and solidity: he's willing to include multiple voices, those of friends AND of former foes, in his arena. If you watched the "60 Minutes" interview, you saw the most intelligent, thoughtful man who's occupied the White House in anyone's memory–much deeper and wiser than a liberal idealogue or a Machiavellian politician.
Oh, and while you're checking records, Mr. Obama, be sure to check Henry Hyde's revelation about his out-of-wedlock kid and then there's Newt Gingrich, who was having an affair with a woman while married to another woman....
All this during Bill Clinton's impeachment proceedings.
Oh, and Hyde and Gingrich were standing in judgement of Clinton at the time.
dont think the clintons will be a good idea. this maybe the beginning of the down fall of obama hillary called obama a terriost , then theres liberman the rat ,and having talks with mccain whom also called obama a terriost. this doesnt seem to good of a plan to me
What';s bill got to do with hillary being in the cabinet if it were me I'd welcome Bill....after all he's a former President and a popular one at that.
I guess this just goes to show, you cannot please everyone, some are not happy because she was not selected as VP, now there are those not happy about her being vetted for Sec. of State. As to why they are looking at President Clinton, it will affect Senator Clintons confirmation hearing, the Republicans do not like Bill or Hillary and they will dig up as much dirt as they can.
Obama can take a flyin' leap. Has OBAMA been vetted? NO. How dare he question the most successful Democratic President in 40 years.
Hillary – stay in the Senate – become Majority Leader and RUN AGAINST OBAMA IN 4 YEARS.
Just go back to the Senate. I'm done with every Bush and Clinton on the planet!
Hillary Clinton will sail through confirmation hearings.
No one deserves to be Secretary of State more than Senator Clinton!
What Obama wants is personal information and is Unconstitutional,if you were to ask a potential employee the same information ,you could be sued.Is Obama already proving that he's thinks he's above the laws of the Constitution of United States ???
Skeleton, skeleton and more skeletons!!
CNN please send Campbell Brown back to NBC. She clearly is out of her element on CNN and still can't seem to handle objectively moderating her talk show without her anti-Clinton mindset shaping how she interacts, questions, and closes off discussions. I am sincerely tired of seeing her trying to recast herself as objective "No Bias, No Bull" should be re-named "No Dissent, No Air time"
"Understand Obama: He will show to the American people that he wants Hillary but the truth is that during the vetting process he will find something in Bills closet about his donors and kill 2 birds with 1 stone and take the Clintons out of American politics once and for all. Smart Man Obama he truly understands how to get even."
my thoughts exactly Babs. Obama is keeping his friends close, and enemies even closer. I love it, ha ha.
Sorry... but I DON'T want Hillary as Sos...!!
Pick Richardson for SoSec'y for his energy focus..
Pick Hill for Health Care Sec'y
Put Kerry as head of National Security or Homeland Security..
But not HRC... as Sos...!!..
Just say NO... Barack... please....
What I don't like that the team would make a decision based on Bill Clinton. It is Hillary Clinton that they are looking into to be the next Secretary of State.
If they wanted to make certain conditions with Hillary Clinton, to possible effect Bill, then they should approach Hillary Clinton with those demands and let Hillary and Bill talk it over among themselves first, then if both sides are agreeable, then name Hillary Clinton to be Obama's Secretary of State.
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Umm, color me reactionary here but if there is one guy who over "vetted" it would be Bill Clinton. Really, do you think it is minutely possible that he has any skeletons in his closet and even if he has any conflicts of interest doesn't translate to complete support from Hillary.
I reject anyone named Bush or Clinton.
Change means nothing with those 2names.
I'm sure it'll be JUST fine- Bill Clinton has never been a hinderance to his wife's political ambitions before, right?
I believe it would be a disastrous mistake for President-Elect Obama to appoint H. Clinton to the Secretary of State position. It is evident that her husband cannot be controlled and that there are a number of predictable and foreknown consequences should Obama appoint her. His fledgling presidency would be burdened from the beginning by the many questions about the former president's business and other dealings with heads of state and corporations the world around. Obama himself would become suspect by putting himself in this position.
If Hillary is experienced, then Robin Givens should be heavyweight champion of the world!
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