by Patrick Goodenough, CNSnews:
A State Department spokeswoman’s evident reluctance to answer a question about the propriety of the relationship between the department and the Clinton Foundation during Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s tenure raised hackles during Wednesday’s daily press briefing.
At one point an exasperated reporter asked, “Am I not speaking English?”
The exchange occurred as reporters questioned State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau about a newly-released batch of Clinton era emails, some of which revealed that department aides were asked to do favors for individuals important to the Clinton Foundation.
One series of emails – which were released by Judicial Watch – related to a request by a Clinton Foundation executive for Clinton’s aides at the State Department to facilitate contact between a top foundation donor and a senior U.S. diplomat.
Citing that incident, Abigail Williams of NBC News asked Trudeau, “You don’t feel like there was impropriety in the relationship between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department at the time?”
Trudeau said the department talks “to a wide range of people, at my level, at various levels in the department – NGOs, think tanks, business leaders, experts on a variety of subjects.”
“That’s not her question,” interjected Matt Lee of the Associated Press, while another reporter pointed out that Clinton had pledged not to “personally or substantially in any way involve herself with the Clinton Foundation.”
“Doesn’t this, then, seem to violate that pledge?” he asked.
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