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Clinton’s Campaign Manager Gets Pressed On Pay-To-Play Accusations

On Sunday, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook appeared on CNN’s State of The Union and Fox News Sunday to discuss that state of the presidential election.

Mook was press by both CNN’s Jake Tapper and Fox’s Chris Wallace about a recently released email regarding Hillary Clinton, the king of Morocco, and more pay-for-play allegations.

According to the New York Post:

“Hillary Clinton solicited a $12 million donation from a government her State Department considered corrupt, then realized the “mess” it would cause to her presidential run, a newly leaked ­e-mail reveals.

King Mohammed VI of Morocco agreed to give the money to the Clinton Foundation, provided that it hold a convention in his country in May 2015 with Clinton as the keynote speaker.”

“It was known for a long time that the Clinton Foundation’s conference was held in Morocco. It has been known for a very long time Secretary Clinton chose not to attend that conference. So there isn’t anything new here,” Mook told Tapper. “As you pointed out, this was an illegally stolen email put out there by the Russians because they want the campaign to be about this. They want these questions raised rather than talking about the real issues.”

Tapper pressed Mook on this point saying, “Well this is a real issue, I mean, pay to play. People don’t like the idea of money going the Clinton Foundation in exchange for access to the then-former Secretary of State. You can understand why that would trouble people.”

Mook admitted to Tapper that he understood why these charges would bother people, but adamantly denied their veracity.

Tapper proceeded to press Mook on “Friends of Bill,” who seem to have been getting special treatment following the 2010 Hatti earthquake.

“I can’t comment what might have happened at the State Department or what might have been highlighted or not,” Mook told Tapper.

Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Mook was pressed on this issue again by Wallace.

“There’s nothing new here. And Donald Trump is trying to attack Secretary Clinton on this because, as you said, he’s down in the polls. He’s struggling,” Mook told Wallace.

Wallace countered this point, saying, “There is some new stuff. We have gotten emails that indicate what was going on. This was happening in 2015, just as she was about to announce her campaign for president, and the emails show — and I’m going to go through some of them – you were not happy at all the idea of this meeting and her going there.”

“These are stolen documents, stolen by the Russians. This is now confirmed by John Podesta they being put out for this purpose,” Mook retorted.

Wallace interjected, reminding Mook that the Clinton campaign had no problem attacking Donald Trump with his stolen tax returns, a point that Mook dodged.