Tuesday, January 20, 2009

All New Cabinet Members Take One Step Forward; Hillary, Stand Still

It will be at least one more day before the Clinton Restoration can formally begin. According to a blog post this afternoon in The Atlantic, Senator Cornyn wants to let a little more daylight into the murky dealings of the Clinton Foundation before he will withdraw his objection to Hillary's nomination.

In a letter to Clinton, Cornyn wrote that he remained "deeply troubled" that "America's foreign policy and your diplomatic mission will be encumbered by the sweeping global activities of the Clinton Foundation (the "Foundation")--unless tighter foreign fundraising restrictions and transparency protocols are adopted by your husband's organization." As a matter of public record, he writes, "the President-elect's team shares these concerns and that the Foundation has recently accepted additional transparency measures beyond those previously negotiated with transition officials."

"Put simply, the Foundation's refusal of foreign-source donations while you serve as Secretary of State is in this nation's interest. But I am willing to consider other options to reduce the likelihood of real or perceived conflicts of interest that will result from foreign donations. Senator Lugar has proposed several commonsense disclosure requirements. I concur with many of his proposals and would indeed go further in several instances."

Every other cabinet appointee has already been confirmed.

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