Bill Clinton Pens Open Letter: ‘I Will Step Down’ From Clinton Foundation If Hillary Is Elected

Bill Clinton Pens Open Letter: ‘I Will Step Down’ From Clinton Foundation If Hillary Is Elected

Former President Bill Clinton made it known, Monday, that he’d give up the ghost at the Clinton Foundation should his wife, former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, win the White House.

Clinton’s open letter, published on the Clinton Foundation’s website, outlines the adjustments the Foundation will make should the former Secretary of State win the 2016 presidential election. The decision was made, Clinton claims, in order to allegedly nix “legitimate concerns about potential conflicts of interest.”

In addition to Clinton stepping down, on paper at the very least, The Hill reports the Foundation will also “only accept donations from U.S. citizens, permanent residents and U.S.-based independent foundations.”

While foreign governments and corporations will technically no longer be able to donate to the Foundation, rest assured, where there’s a will there’s a way, and those with the will will find a way. Most likely, they already have. Still, whatever may go on behind the scenes, on the surface, everything will be on the up and up and Bill Clinton will allegedly be out of the picture.

Clinton’s announcement enters a political arena rife with scrutiny, criticism and political side-eye regarding the breadth of the Foundation’s financial scope and power. As The Hill states, many are wondering “whether such a large outside organization can co-exist while being run by the family of a major public official.” The very same day as Clinton’s announcement, for example, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump declared the Clinton Foundation should be shut down altogether, calling it “the most corrupt enterprise in political history.”

Bill Clinton Stamps the fire

The former president, however, did his best to ease the cynical suspicions of the nation in his open letter, while also talking up the work carried out by the Foundation worldwide. He mentions “broad progress on the environment, education and public health,” as well as “millions of people getting access to affordable drugs to fight HIV… covering more than half of the adults under treatment today.”

Clinton also slapped down Trump’s statement that the Foundation should be shuttered should Hillary win the election. Clinton wrote in his letter:

“While my role in that work will change, the work itself should continue because so many people are committed to it and so many more are relying on it.”

Note that Clinton, in his own statement, claims his “role” in the Foundation’s work will “change,” not end entirely.

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In addition to stepping down from the Foundation’s board, Clinton claims he will also stop fundraising for the organization should Hillary win the election. The Foundation will also be given a new name, shifting from the lesser used “Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation,” to the more commonly used, abbreviated form, “the Clinton Foundation.”

Clinton also states in his letter that the Foundation will begin edging some of its global work abroad toward “other organizations that are not government-run.” Furthermore, the Clinton Global Initiative will allegedly hold its final meeting in September.

Bill Clinton’s announcement follows on the heels of indications offered earlier this month that the Foundation would revamp its operations and procedures should America vote in its first woman president this election. Whether Clinton or Trump wins the presidency will inevitably point the way forward for the Clinton Foundation. Under no circumstances, however, is the Foundation considering shutting down altogether, much to the dismay of Donald Trump, and perhaps a number of Americans from one side of the aisle or the other. Thus, America continues to get by on plausible deniability and nepotism—the crossroads of modern democracy in what those slow to wake still refer to as “The greatest country on earth.”

H/T: The Hill | Featured image by Alex Wong via Getty News Images

Dylan Hock is a writer, educator, and activist. He serves as a volunteer board member of The James Jackson Museum of African American History.

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