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Half of Clinton’s nongovernment meetings at State were with donors: AP

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More than half of the meetings that Hillary Clinton reportedly took with people outside the government while serving as secretary of State were with Clinton Foundation donors, according to The Associated Press. 

At least 85 of those 154 people, whom met or had phone conversations with Clinton, had donated to Clinton’s family foundation, either directly or through companies or groups, according to news service’s review published Tuesday.
 
{mosads}They donated to the Clinton Foundation or pledged money to the global charity’s international programs, the AP reported, citing State Department calendars that have been released so far.
 
The 85 donors contributed $156 million to the charity, with at least 40 donating more than $100,000 each and 20 giving more than $1 million, according to the review.
 
The AP said that the meetings apparently didn’t violate legal agreements that Clinton and former President Bill Clinton signed before she served in the Obama administration starting in 2009.
 
Officials from at least 16 foreign governments that donated upward of $170 million to the Clinton Foundation also met with Clinton, though the AP noted they presumably met on state business.
 
The foundation has faced a new round of scrutiny recently as Clinton leads Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in polls.
 
The Clinton Foundation announced last week that it would no longer accept foreign or corporate donations if Clinton becomes president, though Trump has called for the Clintons to shutter it immediately.
 
“It is now clear that the Clinton Foundation is the most corrupt enterprise in political history,” Trump said Monday.
 
Bill Clinton defended the charity’s work on Monday and announced that he would step down from the foundation he established in 1997 if his wife is elected in November. He also said the group would only accept money from U.S. citizens, permanent residents and U.S.-based independent foundations.
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