Bill Clinton: Sure Clinton Foundation Donors Asked Us For Favors, But...

This is more of the Clinton "There's smoke, but no fire" defense. Sure there is the appearance of impropriety, but nothing actually happened. Bill Clinton is best positioned to take up that defense.

Bill Clinton says that out of the hundreds of thousands of donors to the Clinton Foundation over the past 18 years, there must have been some people who gave to the foundation to gain influence with him and his wife.

But the former president told NPR that doesn't mean any donors received anything improperly.

"It was natural for people who've been our political allies and personal friends to call and ask for things. And I trusted the State Department wouldn't do anything they shouldn't do," Clinton told Steve Inskeep in an interview broadcast Monday on Morning Edition.

So our donors are dirty, but we're not dirty.

And certainly super-ethical government wouldn't possibly do anything wrong on Hillary's watch. 

Bill Clinton is fudging it with the "hundreds of thousands donors". The key issue is the question of the big donors. Particularly foreign ones.