November 17th, 2008
04:50 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama team vetting Bill Clinton, sources say


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.

soundoff (154 Responses)
  1. bill for barack

    This could take a while.
    At least there's no hint of scandal with the Clintons.

    November 17, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  2. St Louis,Fl

    Beleive it or not Bill is incontournable

    November 17, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  3. Marie

    Matt why do crazies like you keeping talking about Obama's birth certificate?How do you think he got to be a senator by lying?AND FURTHER MORE HIS MOTHER WAS A UNITED STASTES CITIZEN STUPID so that would make him a citizen even if he wasn't born in the states.Where were you born and are you a citizen?Try getting a life and worry more about the economy that your republican friends have made the american people suffer for 8 long years instead of listening to false rumors as to who is a citizen and who is not or are you working with the immigration dept?I betcha not

    November 17, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  4. Sara from Arizona

    These Clintons won't go away. Always in the limelight. Serious Clinton fatigue here. Bill Richardson for SOS.

    November 17, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  5. Sara from Arizona

    Is this the Obama administration or a replay of the Clintons. Is Monica looking for a job?

    November 17, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  6. Simmy

    If there is the least potential of this post position backfiring, give it to Gov. Richardson, and let the chips fall where they may! Pres-Elect Obama has come too far for any drama!

    November 17, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  7. PL

    I sure hope Monica dosen't pop up from under a desk during the vetting process... Lost alot of respect for the former president during the election.

    November 17, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  8. Simmy

    To CNN:

    Please send the haters' comments into cyberspace! Before President Obama won, they were all hanging out with Hannity at Fox. Now they've lost and they're bitter! They complain about everything little thing, even the color of President Obama's ties.

    Let me refer you all to Dr. Hepaluza! He offers free sessions!

    November 17, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  9. Russell, NC

    Obama preached Change, Change, Change. Now, look who he is considering. ??????????

    November 17, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  10. lmm

    Unless money was given to Hillary or she had dealings on behalf of Bill, then why is he being vetted???? Even so –

    is Bill Clinton's organization that most of you are deriding. Check it out to see how thoughtless he is with his time and post-presidential endeavors.

    We seem to have such short memories and ill wishes for those that succeed (in spite of the human failings that we all have), and our only wish is to make ourselves feel better by tearing them down.

    BTW – his foundation is a 4 star charity (Exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in its Cause.) graded by Charity

    November 17, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  11. Texas Teacher

    Barack Obama will choose the people HE feels are best qualified for the job.... and if the Republican voices don't like it.... Well, TOO BAD for YOU!!! 🙂

    We won..... na na na na na!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    November 17, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  12. ck


    Yet Obama might keep a Clinton around???

    The Clintons are NOT CHANGE!!

    Please, Clintons go away... you both had your moment in the spotlight, but IT'S OVER!!

    November 17, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  13. Desert Storm Vet

    Keep putting Clinton's team in. But watch your back Obama.

    November 17, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  14. Dixie AZ

    The only issue during the Clinton administration was will he or will he not be impeeched. Other than the Monica debaucle, he had an easy smooth ride through 8 years. And we've been hearing about it every chance he gets. Haven't heard him mention Monica though.

    November 17, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  15. Desert Storm Vet

    Hope and Change!!!!!
    Gullible truly gullible.

    November 17, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  16. Dixie AZ

    Hillary would make a good Secretary of State. She would make a good president. But as long as she is married to Bill, I doubt she'll ever be president. With all his love affairs coming to light, and lying under oath, he made a mockery of his Presidency. A very intelligent and arrogant baboon.

    November 17, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  17. Texas Teacher

    geen..... come on, man! I will take some of those Bad Ole Clinton years over the hell of the past 8 years under Bush! Bill and Hillary both would be good reliable counselors for Obama! They gave us 8 good years, unlike Bush!

    Obama will make changes from the bottom up instead of the top down. Trickle down economics do NOT work! Obviously! Give Obama a chance to even get in office before you try to crucify him! Seriously..... !!!

    November 17, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  18. Amy

    @maynard hopkins....


    November 17, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  19. J.C.

    I just knew there were strings attached when the Clintons started to campaign for Obama. There is no free lunch from the Clintons. It's paytime and down with the change we had hoped for. This is a very sad day.

    Had we wanted another Clinton administration, we would have voted Hillary back to the White House. Had she been intelligent enough, she would have quit earlier and not asking us to help her pay off her debt. Kissinger is too old to think straight. He said Palin was great as VP, too.

    Obama brought us hope, but it has started to look hopeless. Please don't disappoint us.

    November 17, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  20. Michaela

    For all the reasons everyone has stated this is a very disappointing decision.

    Betrayal anyone ?

    I just feel betrayed. If it was going to be Clinton did we NEED to have 50 primaries ? Did he need 700 million ? Did it need to take 2 years ?

    Never ever again will I believe in ANY politician. I have not for a long time and the first time I do, it turns he basically was not honest. NEVER EVER AGAIN.

    In 4 years we can choose again and I cannot wait to NOT vote for Barack Obama. Elections and decisions have consequences yes they do.

    November 17, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  21. Tim E

    So, when CNN says Bill Clinton poses a cabinet problem, would that be "on" it, "under" it, "in" it or "with" it?

    November 17, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  22. Michaela

    Total conflict of interest and makes me really question Barack .

    November 17, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  23. Willy Brown

    Obama & Clinton: Yep so much for "Change" . Boy did you all get duped again. One term and he's voted out.

    November 17, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  24. Sarah Smith

    HOW is it NOT SURPRISING ???

    That the CLINTONS have

    created a CONFLICT OF INTERESTS ???

    why does that NOT SURPRISE US ????

    November 17, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  25. jack

    Let's let Hillary stay in the Senate. As SoS she would have to worry about "what would Bill do" or is doing around the world and is any of this a conflict of interest? The best bet would be to have Bill Richardson take the position.

    November 17, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
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