November 19th, 2008
01:30 PM ET
6 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. Larry

    Fine for Bill. What about her creepy brothers? They were up to their necks in illegal deal with foreign countries when she was First Lady. Are they going to be checked out?

    Larry from New York

    November 19, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  2. Tulsa

    I agree with FAYE that the change is in the way business is conducted.

    O's not going to have people who need training, rather people who are ready to work through the problems we face while leaving the egos at the door. (ok, the jury's still out on that one)

    to; j. williams,
    LOL, don't you remember? Hill and Bill were vetted for 8 years! Starr couldn't find anything, even though the Republican Congress gave him all the money and resources he could ever have wanted. Let go son. These two have been under a microscope for 16 years now.

    November 19, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  3. bitter_in_pa

    Faye, the Clintons are masters of underhanded deals so what is your point?

    November 19, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  4. annie

    I agree with enrique. what was teh point of picking obama over clinton if he is just going to hire her and all the former clinton staff to work for him. so far i see very little of the change he promised based upon his staffing selections.

    November 19, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  5. Huh

    Thank you very much Faye in NV

    November 19, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  6. WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW

    CAN YOU FEEL IT THE CLINTONS ARE SLOWLY TAKING CHARGE.

    OBAMA WON THE ELECTION!!!!!!!!! SO WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THE CLINTON MACHINE WILL RUN THIS COUNTRY!!!!!!!!

    WHAT HAPPENED TO THE CHANGE OBAMA SUPPORTERS???????????

    November 19, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  7. Vonda

    To Sweetie, first place Hillary Clinton no longer has 18 million supporters. No candidate that was defeated in their primary still has the full support of the people who orginally suppprted them during their primary run. The vast majority of Hillary supporter voted for Barack Obama. When will PUMA's ever move on. The PUMA organization is really mostly made up of Republicans masquerading as Democrats. One of the co-founders of PUMA contributed $500 to John McCain back in 2000. What Democrat do you know that would have contributed $500 to any Republican candidate for President back in 2000? PUMA is a fraud. They appear on every major political website spewing their anit-Obama rhetoric. PUMA was founded to try and cause division and confusion within the Democratic party so that they would loose the Presidential election. Thank goodness their attempts failed miserably!

    God Bless America
    Obama/Biden

    November 19, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  8. j

    I know Obama deserves a grace period but if I'd known he was going to build a Clinton White House, I would have voted for Hillary Clinton.

    November 19, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  9. maynard hopkins wi

    this guy should have been impeached for what he did while in office...

    n a f t a for one lying about the oval office for another do you want me to go on....

    November 19, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  10. Chris

    This is great news and I think Hillary Clinton will be an excellent Secretary of State. Also nice to see past Secretary of States, on the Republican side, praising this possible selection.

    November 19, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  11. Sara from Arizona

    Will we ever be done with these Clintons? So tired of them .

    November 19, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  12. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    When Bill hired them, they were inexperienced. Now they're veterans. It's not about who, but when.

    November 19, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  13. Pat

    Hillary Clinton would make an excellent secretary of state. Foreign policy was one of Bill Clinton's strengths and the United States needs all the help it can get to back in good standing with other nations in the world. The last eight years have greatly damaged our standing in the world.

    November 19, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  14. Catholic-mom-4-OBAMA

    Don't know why my posts are disappearing. But I notice that the far-right-posts are posted each and every day. Interesting.

    I trust the President-elect Obama will choose the best possible candidate for Sec. of State. Hillary would make a good one, I am sure. Especially with Bill at her side.

    On the question of vetting, when you are married, both spouses are vetted! Duh.

    November 19, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  15. David in Dallas

    Transparency from a Clinton?

    Well, chalk up at least one change Obama has succeessfully brought about. ;)

    November 19, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  16. Sara from Arizona

    Hillary voted for the war in Iraq, Don't forget that folks.

    November 19, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  17. PoliticoMike

    This is good, he owes his wife. For all you idiots though who keep saying Obama is picking all Clinton people to his staff. He needs to hire over 400 people to his staff. Ya, why not pick 3 from the Clinton administration, did you want him to pick from the Bush Admin?
    Stop letting CNN fuel your ignorance!

    November 19, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  18. Rob

    Question to Clinton shall not be who are the Major donors but who are all the donors to him and his foundation? Since the Hillary wants to be the Secretary of State the question that needs to be put to Bill and Hillary is: Did Bill Clinton or his foundation take any money from Albanian Groups which are lobbying for Kosovo independence from Serbia? This will be one of the first challenges that administration will be dealing with!

    November 19, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  19. Kelly

    Congratulations to Bill. He is finally stepping aside and letting Hillary persue her career. She has supportd him all these years. He seems to like to be in the spotlight and concerned about his legacy.
    At least he is placing Hillary's desire ahead of his ego.

    Hillary will make a fantastic Sec. of State. She is tactful and will be an effective negotiator. Also, she appears to have good insight and will read between the lines of foreign diplomat

    November 19, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  20. Anna, Missouri

    Enrique, he is not even in the office yet, and you are so sure that nothing will get done?

    When I was in high school in the 60's 3 small communities plus mine decided that we all had to join together into one larger high school. We were not happy about it at first. Our coach really had his hands full because he had to pull kids together from all of the different schools into one team. It worked! We went on to win the State championship in my senior year. We all learned a lot about becoming team players, and learned to let go of our past history of being mortal enemies.

    Maybe we should all think back to the days when we have all pulled together to get the job done.

    November 19, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  21. JD

    Please, Great Obama, spread your pixie dust and save us from ourselves!

    November 19, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  22. 3strikes

    people are saying "its a change in policies, not people",
    "he's bringing in experience"

    these are the same washington insiders that are one track minded on their own agenda. the clinton admin. is "change" that nobama is xeroxing. nobama just pandered "change" to get elected, he knew people would fall for it.

    November 19, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  23. LyonsPhilly

    Good Bill. Don't disappoint our girl Hillary....

    November 19, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  24. Alex

    Obama should come out and say it, Hillary is the SS, I think she is the best for the country and for the world

    November 19, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  25. cynthia white

    senator Clinton will make a wonderful sec.of state first and farmost because her husband made such a fabulous Pres.

    November 19, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
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