November 19th, 2008
01:30 PM ET
5 years ago

Source: Bill Clinton agrees to vetting

Fmr. Pres. Bill Clinton has agreed to several concessions in Hillary Clinton’s vetting for Secretary of State.
Fmr. Pres. Bill Clinton has agreed to several concessions in Hillary Clinton’s vetting for Secretary of State.

(CNN) –- A major obstacle in Hillary Clinton’s path to becoming President-elect Barack Obama’s secretary of state may be out of the way, as former President Bill Clinton has made several concessions to help move his wife’s vetting process along.

A source familiar with the discussions between Sen. Clinton and the president-elect confirms to CNN that the former president will release the names of several major donors to the Clinton Foundation as well as submitting future foundation activities and paid speeches to a strict ethics review.

In addition, the former president is offering to step down from his day-to-day responsibilities at the foundation and inform the State Department of his speaking schedule and any new sources of income.

President Clinton’s international and financial dealings with his foundation and presidential library have been a sticking point with an Obama camp worried that Sen. Clinton’s position in the cabinet could create a potential conflict of interest as the country’s top diplomat.

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  1. Tiffany

    I think Hillary is a great choice for Secreatry of State. And a much BETTER choice than having no knowing Palin as VP for McCain. I'd rather the more of the same of the Clinton administration than Bush's!. Why do people want the Clinton's to go away? Bill is a great public speaker and know economics. I'm proud we have intelligent people back in office like Obama who can say complete sentences. Sure has been awhile.

    November 19, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  2. Faz

    I agree with John, Air Force Vet 100%. We need experienced people in the cabinet. They need to be tackling the problem on at 12:01 on Jan 20. The change message from Obama is really about a change in policy in Washington and he needs people around him who know what they are doing and will implement his message of change. HRC is immensely popular around the world and I don't see anything wrong with her being SOS.

    November 19, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  3. Midge from Ohio

    Don't do it Hillary! Don't become his "Yes" person and give up who you are!!!! You are a great Senator!

    November 19, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  4. Kas

    There always a problem when it comes to the Clintons. Mrs. Clinton doesn't needs vetting; she is already a senator. She and her husband is clean enough. Mrs. Clinton will make great Sec.of state. That's her job.;give it to her.

    (Smile) some of those newspersons need vetting; because they tell everything. that is very harmful to the country. It is always too much information put on the air way. that really needs to be stop. immediately

    November 19, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  5. Paul Wall

    Obama is choosing the best , most capable people to be in his cabinet. please let them organize, come together, and let the President-Elect get sworn in before letting loose with all the hate.

    November 19, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  6. Faz

    I agree with John, Air Force Vet 100%. We need experienced people in the cabinet. They need to be tackling the problem on at 12:01 on Jan 20. The change message from Obama is really about a change in policy in Washington and he needs people around him who know what they are doing. HRC is immensely popular around the world and I don't see anything wrong with her being SOS.

    November 19, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  7. Get over yourselves

    I think that "WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW" is really Sarah Palin in disguise...

    November 19, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  8. Donald Duck

    What about Mickey Mouse?

    November 19, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  9. Faz

    I agree with John, Air Force Vet and FAYE, NV 100%. We need experienced people in the cabinet. They need to be tackling the problem on at 12:01 on Jan 20. The change message from Obama is really about a change in policy in Washington and he needs people around him who know what they are doing. HRC is immensely popular around the world and I don't see anything wrong with her being SOS.

    November 19, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  10. Walt, Belton,TX

    If Hillary agrees to be Sec of State, Obama will keep her buried so she won't be able to run against him in 2012. I can't decide if that is a plus or a minus.

    November 19, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  11. Pat F

    Of course Obama has to pick all Clintonistas for all the jobs he has to fill. Obama has only been a Senator for four years, and he spent at least two of those running for president.

    The Clintonistas are going to eat his lunch.

    November 19, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  12. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    This is going to be the most open administration of all-time with no chance of being blind-sided.

    Too bad Bush didn't vet Mike Brown, eh?! Or Abu Gonzales. Or Rumsfeld. Or Cheney. Or any of this cabinet for that matter.

    November 19, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  13. Dilibon

    The Clintons were a powerhouse. You cannot expect a man 4 years ago was a total unknown to come to Washington with a team of novices who would be proned to a lot of mishaps, false starts and unforgivable mistakes. Smart Obama fished from experienced democrats. When were the last time democrats were in power? During the last successful years of Bill Clinton. He has no problem getting the most intellignet people as soon as they understand who is in charge, whose name was on the ballot and the clear mandate of strong policies that the American people has given to no one else but Barack Obama. We know that this man is way capable not only to balance a correct English sentence but he is unqually qualified for the job and fully competent to give the marching orders to hsi team. Some are saying that the Clintons will nto be good team players. let us wait and see. Obama is posed himslef for 2 terms, so in the first hsi team will be placed under the experienced of the Clintonites and over time they will cede the place to Obama people. What do you expect? He would start with novices and allow for experiences Clintonites ot be acerb critics? Or would you expect him to call on the Bushies to say in their places as change? Come on. Staop being ignorant like Rush Limbaugh who is attacking the man while he is nto even inaugurated. Be patient, Obama has effective leadership and positive change in the way for the better good of America, jsut be patient! You just do nto know what this man has in store for you. Repubs will spend a long long long time in the wilderness if they do not change from their blind opposition based on division, hate and pillaging of the American treasur!

    November 19, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  14. Scott Tucson

    Just listen to the Obama apologists trying to explain away CHANGE.

    November 19, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  15. Mark from Atlanta

    Wow ! I didn't expect that.

    November 19, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  16. mercfan74

    It's way too soon to be whining about broken promises. After all, he was only elected 2 weeks ago and won't take office for another 2 months.

    Just the fact that Bill Clinton is releasing donor information and financial records from the past and will continue to do so in the future is a major concession and he's not a potential cabinet member, but the spouse of a potential cabinet member. Name one GOP appointee that released financial information let alone their spouse.

    Of course, they say nothing of the career GOP hangers on that we've had to endure during the last 8 years – many going back to the Regan/G H. Bush administrations and some that go back to the Nixon – Watergate White house. But this is how it's going to be for the next 4 years or more. It won’t be too much longer before the investigations start. I won’t be long before the GOP tries to blame President Obama for the death Vince Foster. Another 56 million dollars wasted on fishing expositions. Let the whining begin.

    November 19, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  17. Mac

    I find some of the comments here rather humorous. From the people who complain about "no change", it seems rather than listen to the voice of experience, they would rather Obama pick people who have never been involved in government. Change doesnt mean no experience. Obama is showing that he is picking smart choices.

    As for the people who want Bill and hillary to stay away as it is obviously a ploy of Obama to make them weak so that when he fail, they do too, this implies Obama is planning to fail. Nobody plans to fail. Finally, if they feel Obama would fail, and they dont want to hurt themselves, who would you rather have, someone who can help Obama succeed, and thus the country, or someone who won't risk failure, and would rather see Obama (and again, thus the country) fail than risk failure themselves. I am personally prooud of both Hillary and bill that they are willing to work with someone who is in a tough situation. If Obama succeeds, he will get the credit, and if he fails, they will share some of the blame. Obviously, she will share some of the credit too, but its a politically tough move, but a personally great one.

    Sometimes people need to put their own ambitions aside and do whats best for the larger whole. Its what being a leader is about. I see that happening, and it makes me proud.

    November 19, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  18. Sarah Palin

    Say it isn't so Barry! there you go again trying to keep Hillary away from the Senate so that she can't watch your every move! Say it as it is and I'll have you over for some good old deer chili...

    November 19, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  19. IowaMom

    WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW November 19th, 2008 2:18 pm ET

    IF HILLARY GETS SECRETARY OF STATE I AM GOING TO LOVE IT!!!!
    YOU OBAMA FANS CAN CRY CRY CRY!!!!!!!!!!!
    YOU WANTED OBAMA AND CHANGE GET READY!!!!!!!!
    THE CLINTON MACHINE WON THIS ELECTION AFTER ALL!!!!!!!
    I GUESS THE OBAMA FANS GOT BLIND SIDED!!!!!!!
    YOU SHOULD HAVE VOTED FOR MC CAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!

    __________________________________________

    I've got no problem with Hillary or Bill for that matter, in fact Bill was my first vote when I turned 18. I do think you however have a major problem with the CAPS LOCK!

    November 19, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  20. David

    You guys have had 8 years to complain about Bush's every move. It's pay back time. I'm having the same attitude you guys had. To hell with what's best for the country. Destroy Obama is the goal.

    I'm going to undermine, criticize, and throw everything against the wall. He's not going to be able to sneeze without someone like me pronouncing how rude and unpresidential it was. You see what goes around comes around.

    November 19, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  21. Veronica Richmond, VA.

    Obama's doing a great job so far, but I do worry about Bill Clinton, he may cause Hillary the SOS job she really wants.

    November 19, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  22. Rob

    To Candy West Virginia November 19th, 2008 2:14 pm ET –

    Can we start bashing Chris Dodd and Barney Frank in this story?

    You wanna see ruin? Just give the Obama/Pelosi/Reid Carnival of Idiots three years, then you'll see ruin.

    As evidenced by Obama bringing in the Clinton camp, we really won't see change until 2005, when the Republican President and Congress take over and get us out of the pit these yabbos are going to put us in.

    November 19, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  23. John S

    DC Insider, its not hard to figure out who you voted for. Your still griping about it. Obama is putting into place a new adminstration with people who have been in office for years. Why wouldn't he. What do you expect? A bunch of newbees and inexperienced staff to run a country? Give your head a shake for God's sake. All you would get is a bunch of people like Sarah Palin running everything into the ground and putting your country into a worst mess it is in now.You can't be too intelligent if you think that. Of course he needs to put these people in his adminstration. He needs the best and most experienced people in his cabinet to bring your country out of this increasing turmoil so American can get on with their lives

    November 19, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  24. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Tulsa, O's people may not need training, but what about O? So far his resume is the worst of the lot. Just maybe if he listens to the people he hires, we can avoid a depression or WWIII. For all those pro's and con's about his cabinet choices, if being President werre like taking the SAT's, Obama is on multiple choice question #3. There's still hundreds of questions to go, and the essays are the toughest.

    November 19, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  25. Jimmy Mack

    To the folks complaining about Obama's apointments not being change, please consider this: Were Obama to appoint people that do not have experience in how to get things done "the way Washington works now", they would not have a clue (or an effective plan) about to to make effect change. Further, they would get tremendous resistance from those already entrenched.

    Remember, (as others have said): Its not the people – names and faces, it's the POLICIES STUPID!.

    JM

    November 19, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
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