Richard Lugar: Hillary Clinton Was Warned on Foundation Gifts

The former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says the Clintons have been careless in the way they had handled donations to their family foundation.

Dick Lugar: Clintons Were Careless

Former Indiana Senator Richard Lugar said that Hillary Clinton was warned against receiving donations to her family foundation while she served as secretary of state, and that doing so was a situation "made for misunderstanding."

Lugar, the former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, helped develop the original deal for disclosures of gifts from foreign entities to the Clinton Foundation ahead of Clinton's confirmation as secretary of state.

"The situation is one that's simply made for misunderstanding internationally," Lugar said during a Monday interview on With All Due Respect. "There will be persons... in these governments who believe they will curry favor with the United States of America and gain maybe special concessions through gifts to the foundation. This really has to be taken off the table."

He added that there should be a law that prohibits both the president and the secretary of state from taking any foreign gifts.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misstated the name of the committee where Lugar served. It was the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. An earlier version also should have identified Lugar as the former chairman of the panel.

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