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.

soundoff (314 Responses)
  1. JESSICA

    Change does not mean get rid of the same ol' people. It means pick the ones who are the best from the experienced bunch and change the nations way as whole, again it does not mean brand new individuals will be in the adminitsration. Think about it if we had a bunch of inexperience people in the administration what the heck would we do, Pleas try not to be so simple minded dont take his "change" stament so literal and focus on the whole picture.

    November 19, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  2. Debbie

    I have been an Obama supporter since 2004, but I don't agree with his choice of Hillary as his Secretary of State. We shall see. It should be very interesting...

    November 19, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. JJ in NY

    The more clinton cronies that Obama selects, the more of a clinton puppet he becomes .

    November 19, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. LIP

    OOOPs, missed the ticker on Daschle...isn't his wife working as a lobbyist for a Pharmaceutical company? Isn't that a conflict of interest if he is head of that which has everything to do witth hospitals and pharmacies?

    November 19, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  5. J O

    I'm not shy about saying I love the Clintons. Obama deserves to choose his own cabinet. All of these haters are redicules. I put my pride aside and voted for Obama, because I knew he would be a better choice than McCain, and because Ms. Clinton told her supporters to do so. Can you blame him for choosing experienced people. With current economy, wars, etc., do you really want a cabinet full of rookies! I know I care about our future, but do you haters?

    Clinton was a great President. He lied about an affair, get over it!!! Look at the divorce rates in this country, that in their majority probably had to do with infedelity!!! Judge, judge, judge thats all you people do!

    November 19, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  6. Shari, NY

    Lisa, you are misinterpreting what you read. First of all Obama's name was not used in my post, let alone used as a comparison. unless you are referring to another post. I stand my ground in saying that anyone who aspires to fix this extremely broken economy will need help from God – whichever he serves. We are all one people but many are divided in their faiths and that's just the way it is. God bless you!

    November 19, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  7. Terry, Dallas Texas

    If some one could please lend THE OBAMA SHOW a sedative it would be big help. By the way if you take your keyboard off Caps Lock (it's there on the left side of the keyboard) your comments won't look so childish.

    November 19, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  8. Jesse from Santa Rosa

    I don't see why anyone would have a problem with the Clinton's being around. When Bill lift office this country was running like a Rolex. Now it is more like a Timex...it takes a licking and keeps on ticking.

    November 19, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  9. w.l. jones

    It appears some poster have never work for a Corpration ,.if they have ! top managerment always changing so you change with it or move on. The same go in government .

    November 19, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  10. Sally

    Transparency regarding Bil Cinton's finances and connections??? They didn't even agree to that when she was running for President!

    More proof that Obama really is a change agent.

    November 19, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. bernj

    Lisa, Saugus MA

    I would respectfully suggest that you might want to give the reality thingy a try your self.

    November 19, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  12. P.G. in K.C.

    The more things change, the more they stay the same.

    November 19, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  13. Tom Daschel was voted Out by the people.

    Tom Daschle, at the time he was voted out of office in 2004, was the first Senator in 50 years to be voted out of office.

    The people obviously did not want him but Obama does????????

    November 19, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  14. M from Maryland

    Thank you, President Clinton.

    CHANGE COMES FROM NEW POLICIES and not necessarily new people. We need experienced, intelligent, capable people on the team – rather than picking someone new off the street (see Palin).

    November 19, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
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