November 19th, 2008
01:30 PM ET
10 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.

soundoff (314 Responses)
  1. Janice Illinois

    This is discrimination against Hillary, plain and simple. Was Michelle vetted or Laura Bush vetted? Hillary is going to do the job not Bill. The only person that needs to be looked at is Hillary. Put up or shut up about this Job! If this keeps up she should tell them to stick it.

    November 19, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  2. To Joseph

    You are a phony.

    The Clintons and the Obamas cannot stand each other. Inasmuch as Bill loves the spotlight and glamour of Hillary as SOS, they want to keep an eye on Ivy League Speech Extraordinaire boy Obama. Wake up and don't give us that Vet crap.

    November 19, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  3. WIlly Brown

    Obama is breathing life back into the Clinton war machine and bringing Tom Dashole back, Change my foot. What we have here is a hood wink called Change we can believe in. Hold on folks you think 8 years of Bush was bad, 4 years of a Clinton/Obama/Clinton administration is going to rock you’re ever loving wallet, job and economy.

    November 19, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  4. Steve Green

    I do not know what is takling President-Elect Obama so long to name Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. He can really mess things up if he does not do so in a timely fashion.

    I also think he made a mistake in selecting Tom Dashle. That would be a real kick in the teeth to Senator Clinton if he does not offer her the State position!

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

    Say it isn't so Joe the Iraq War Vet!

    Hillary should not be subserviant to Pied Piper. She should stay in the senate to keep the lid on Hamelin boy.

    November 19, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  6. Lisa, Saugus MA

    @Sheri NY

    You are one unbelievable person.

    How can you compare Obama in the same breathe as the most high God, Jehovah. (Psalms 83:18)

    It is sickening the way some of you believe he can walk on water. He is an imperfect man born of imperfection and needing the ransom blood of Jesus Christ the same as every other HUMAN!

    Please get a grip on reality.

    November 19, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  7. Ken in Dallas


    You may find it rude of me to point this out, but most Obama supporters like the Clintons, too. Your rhetoric has no relevance, nor any teeth.

    How do you like being irrelevant?

    November 19, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  8. KLEE

    I'm so glad I voted for Obama – and don't mind saying so! just ask me 🙂

    I voted for Obama/Biden because they were by far the best choice – I trust he will do right by my vote and pick the right people to help him bring the country back up to the highest standards.

    November 19, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  9. aware

    Of course you will Bill!

    This is really another Clinton presidency. Obama is totally inexperienced but he is choosing the people who can help him with his training wheels! 🙂

    Hillary will be an excellent Secretary of State!

    November 19, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  10. HouseDiva

    Clinton= NAFTA

    the Clinton are to blame for millions of our jobs being shipped overseas.

    I hope Obama knows what he is doing.

    November 19, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  11. Alan


    No - the Clintons didn't "win" this after all. MCCAIN LOST. Your continued bashing of Obama's choices at this point leads me to believe you think you are able to Read Obama's mind when you make it clear by your comments that you don't read ANYTHING.

    Move on, loser.

    November 19, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  12. Think First

    They better vet Hillary's brothers – Tony and Hugh – those two made a lot of profitable deals with other countries while the Clintons were in the White House – I'd really hate to see them joining Hillary on junkets or getting phone numbers from her Blackberry when she returns.

    Check them out on wikipedia for more details. Since the transition team is packed with Clintonites, I doubt they'll whisper a word about it.

    I still favor Hagel. Maybe he could be National Security Advisor – or a deputy Secretary of State?

    November 19, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  13. carolyn

    What most seem to be overlooking is that Obama speaks about changing 'THE WAY' Wash does business – overcoming partisan politics, ethics reform, etc & USA's relations abroad -using diplmacy rather than force whenever possible, ending torture, etc. It is his vision that is the change. It looks like when/if he is certain a person will actualize change, regardless of their previous positions, and they are the most qualified for the job, then that's who he hires. I think his choices are remarkable. I think his choices are perfect on many levels. And changing the way Wash does business is already happening. From pardoning Lieberman to Bill's releasing his donors list. This is not typical politics. I continue to be impressed and am already enjoying this kinder, gentler approach.

    November 19, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. Independent In NY


    Go back to your copy of Mein Kampf....LOSER!!!!!!!

    November 19, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  15. Miller

    For those who criticize Obama's "change" platform when analyzing his cabinet posts, I offer an important observation: the last Democratic President was Bill Clinton. Therefore, if Obama is reaching out to Democrats with White House experience and direct lines to the President, it's inevitable that there will be an overlap in power players (including Hillary) from the Clinton era.

    November 19, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  16. drew

    When a new executive takes over a company and has a vision to do things differently and move in a new direction, they do not go out and hire new managers, all the way down to new peons. That is a recipe for disaster because they will have a different company. They take the people that know how to do their job and influence them and their collective direction. This is exactly what Obama is doing by finding people with experience from the Clinton administration.

    November 19, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  17. Amber

    You ignorant women on here with the nasty comments about Hillary will burn. There's a special place in hell for women who don't support other women (espec. when those other women are highly qualified). Get past your petty, competitive nature and get behind a REAL leader....Hillary Clinton!

    If you're questioning her abiilities and qualifications, you obviously know nothing about her. Read her autobiography, then make your comments. Actually, after reading Living History, you wont have any more nasty comments about Hillary....she's brilliant and deserving in her own right!!!

    November 19, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  18. malclave

    It's a start, I guess.

    Now, if they can only get Obama t agree to be vetted.

    November 19, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  19. v.ananthan

    2 things I will be watching Obama closely.

    (1) whether he can solve the financial crisis without giving out "packages"
    (2) How soon he will be bringing the troops back..


    November 19, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  20. Sandra Turner

    If Hillary had won the nomination and subsequently the presidency....
    would Bill Clinton have been viewed as a conflict of interest??
    It seems ironic that the vetting is so intense for Secretary of State....
    which would have been less of an issue if she was President.

    November 19, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  21. Jesse - San Antonio, Texas

    As in 2000 and 2004, American believed the promises of a Charismatic Politician and elected him.

    Now they are seeing that it's politics as usual. Change was only a slogan.

    He's a nice guy and all. Great at reading speeches but he wasn't qualified.

    That's why he chose an Established Politician in Biden and why he he's continuing to choose former Clinton cabinet member.

    It's Washington as Usual.

    November 19, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  22. Lynn in NM

    He will do and say anything to get a bigger paycheck. Watch your backs!

    November 19, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  23. RufusVonDufus

    At least Hillary will be able to entertain heads of states with her duck and cover story from Bosnia. Maybe she can get the number of bullets that whizzed over her head (cackle, cackle) as she ran across the tarmac with her head down. Remember Hillary that Bill only sent you over there trying to get rid of you. That's why after you got home he bombed them. He was pizzad at them.

    November 19, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  24. JJ in NY

    Hold on a second, Billary..... The public wants and needs to see EVERYTHING, not just some hand-picked token contributions, and we need to see EVERYTHING for the last 2 years, not just partial releases for this point forward.

    November 19, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  25. Worship that one

    When do we get to start using our Obama dollars?

    November 19, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
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