Donald Trump Says the Clinton Foundation Is a ‘Criminal Enterprise’

Oct 19, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump took aim at the Clinton Foundation at the third presidential debate in Las Vegas Wednesday night.

"It's a criminal enterprise," Trump said of the non-profit organization founded by Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, in 1997. "Saudi Arabia is giving $25 million, Qatar, all these countries," he said.

"You talk about women and women’s rights?" Trump went on, repeating a line he has mentioned at rallies a number of times. "These are people that push gays off of buildings."

The Clinton Foundation has faced questions about whether donors were given favors or granted special access to Clinton when she was Secretary of State. Her campaign has denied any impropriety, and Bill Clinton has said he will step down from the foundation’s board if Hillary Clinton is elected president to avoid any potential conflicts of interest.

Trump’s charitable organization, the Trump Foundation, has faced its own scrutiny over its spending. Recent reports by the Washington Post found that Trump used $258,000 from the Trump Foundation to settle lawsuits involving his for-profit businesses. In 2013, the foundation also gave $25,000 to a political group supporting Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, before she decided not to investigate Trump University. The Post also found that tax records show Trump hasn’t donated any of his own money to the foundation since 2009. It relies almost entirely on gifts from other individuals and organizations.

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