The Clinton team has always had a reputation of being grand-masters at the political game, but host of Meet The Press Chuck Todd has evolved a slightly different opinion: on Friday's Morning Joe on MSNBC, Todd stated that while there is still no smoking gun in the Clinton Foundation scandal, Hillary was warned about the Foundation's activities when she took office as Secretary of State. The fact that the Foundation dealt with foreign entities despite the warning was "just dumb and inept" from a political point of view.
Todd's blast was a response to a Mika Brzezinski query about whether or not he had questions about the scandal:
Todd: Look, for the life of me, and this is just political judgment, the Obama administration, when they offered her the job, looked at the foundation and said, ‘Boy, there's gonna be the appearance of influence. We better be careful here.” Dick Lugar, at the time ranking member foreign relations, even said very publicly, "You know, it's going to look like foreign governments can buy access to you because of the foundation." How many more warnings did the Clintons need to have and yet they ended up doing these things? Look, I hear what David [Axelrod] is saying, and clearly he’s right, there’s not proof, it's sort of circumstantial scandal.
The question I have is; it's politically though just dumb and inept. I guess, somebody, I read the other day I can’t remember who it was, said there is something about the way President Clinton has operated in his post-presidency that’s simply been sloppy. What 's he doing hanging out with the questionable president of Kazakhstan, you know, and taking money to do things like that? I understand he may rationalize it and say, "Yeah, you know what? We're gonna use this money for good, they're not buying influence from me, I don't care." But, boy, the appearance of it is terrible.