Shut corrupt Clinton Foundation: Trump
DONALD Trump demanded that Hillary Clinton shut down the charitable foundation founded by her husband, former US president Bill Clinton, branding it a “corrupt enterprise”.
The Republican presidential candidate also called for a special prosecutor to investigate his Democratic rival, accusing the FBI and Justice Department of a “whitewash” during their probe of her use of a private email server while secretary of state.
“The amounts involved, the favours done and the significant number of times it was done require an expedited investigation by a special prosecutor immediately, immediately, immediately,” Mr Trump told a rally in Akron, Ohio, speaking of the State Department under Ms Clinton.
The crowd responded with rowdy chants of “Lock her up! Lock her up!”
Earlier, Mr Trump called the Clinton Foundation “the most corrupt enterprise in political history”.
The charity has raised some US$2 billion since it was founded in 2001 after Bill Clinton left office.
“It must be shut down immediately,” Mr Trump said.
The Republican nominee said the foundation had received financial contributions from various countries “that discriminated against women and gays and everybody else”.
That remark referred to various nations seen as having chequered histories on human rights, Saudi Arabia among them, that made generous donations to the foundation when Ms Clinton served as President Barack Obama’s secretary of state between 2009 and 2013.
“I mean, that money, it should be given back. They should not take that money,” Mr Trump told Fox.
James Carville, Mr Clinton’s top strategist in his campaign for the presidency in the 1990s, warned of dire consequences should Mr Trump and his supporters manage to shutter the foundation.
“There will be people that are gonna die because of this,” Mr Carville told CNN, estimating that the foundation helped around 10 million people get access to low-cost HIV drugs and other medications.
“All of the people that helped shut it down will say, ‘Gee, some people, a million people, had to die, but we had to prove a point,’” he said. –