November 17th, 2008
04:50 PM ET
14 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. Benz

    I hope Obama gets this. He is smart but, too much carefulness can back fire. This vent on Hillary is not neccessary.
    Too much Venting on spouse will increase divorce rate in this country soon.
    We already know the Clintons for years. They are loved outside the country and will help get back American's relationship internationally.
    I supported Obama from the primaries but, I think that he should be happy if Hillary accepts this job. Internationally, the Clinton's are respected despite the Monica's thing.

    November 17, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  2. kim

    Idiots on the loose, hillary please tell this moron and his nasty scumbag (Jim Jones) kool-aid drinkers to go to hell and let him take judas richardson down with him.

    November 18, 2008 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  3. DonnieJ

    Why can't we all just put the Clintons behind us?

    November 18, 2008 05:28 am at 5:28 am |
  4. Leah from FL

    You know what? Bill and Hillary's PRIVATE bedroom life are not for public fodder any more than your PRIVATE bedroom life. He was THE BEST CEO we have ever had as a country, and in order to pull us out of another Bush's total economic failure, even worse than the first Bush, we need the best working to put the healing steps in motion – and quickly. Couldn't care less about his infidelities with women. We looked the other way with JFK and other prez, now 40+ years later we are becoming more 'saintly'? Come on Bill – work your CEO magic for us again!!

    November 18, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
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