Clinton: I never saw Hillary 'study a list of my contributors'

Former President Bill ClintonBill ClintonTrump aide: 'We have three major voter suppression operations under way' Clinton faces new challenges on ObamaCare Memo reveals interplay between Clinton Foundation, personal business MORE emphatically denied that 2016 Democratic frontrunner Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonPoll: Drug prices, not ObamaCare, top priority Poll: Clinton up 7 on Trump in Pa. Clinton to propose anti-bullying plan MORE gave any favors to Clinton Foundation donors during her time as secretary of State.

“She was pretty busy those years,” Clinton said during an interview aired Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."

“I never saw her study a list of my contributors, and I had no idea who was doing business before the State Department," he added.

In the early days of Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president, the former New York senator and first lady has faced attacks about foreign government funding for her family’s charitable organization, which does humanitarian work around the world.

The organization has admitted to omitting certain donations from its publicly available records.

Clinton specifically defended one donation that has come under scrutiny, a $500,000 check from the Embassy of Algeria in 2010. The foundation has acknowledged that the donation was not properly approved under rules the Obama administration put in place after Hillary Clinton became Secretary of State.

“I can say the one thing that there’s nothing to it is the Algeria giving half a million dollars for the Haiti earthquake,” Clinton said. “That Algerian money, we didn’t report that not because we were ashamed of it, but because it was coming within two days of the earthquake and they were performing imputative surgery on the lawn outside the major hospital with a flashlight at night and vodka for anesthesia and antiseptic. Nobody thought about it.”

Clinton also promoted the “economic diplomacy” that his wife did during her time in the Obama administration, pointing out that there was not a secretary of Commerce during much of that span.

“If she hadn’t been doing this economic diplomacy work, nobody would have been doing this,” he said. “I never thought about any overlap.”