Hillary Clinton goes on the record about Harvey Weinstein – and his donations to Democrats

Hillary Clinton goes on the record about Harvey Weinstein – and his donations to Democrats
Hillary Clinton told CNN how she found out about the allegations against her friend and donor Harvey Weinstein. "This was a different side of a person who I and many others had known in the past," Clinton said. (Image Source: YouTube screenshot composite)

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton spoke with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria Wednesday about her past friendship with Harvey Weinstein, the movie mogul who is now accused of multiple acts of sexual harassment and assault on actresses and others.

Here’s the video of Clinton talking about Weinstein:

Clinton had previously released a statement about the scandal Tuesday, but she was still being criticized for not responding to calls to return donations from Weinstein.

What did Clinton say?

“I was just sick. I was shocked. I was appalled,” she said. “It was something that was just intolerable in every way.”

“And you know like so many people who have come forward and spoken out,” she continued, “this was a different side of a person who I and many others had known in the past.”

“Would you have called him a friend?” asked Zakaria.

“Yes, I probably would have, and so would so many others. People in Democratic politics for a couple of decades appreciated his help and support,” she admitted.

“And I think these stories coming to light now and people who never spoke out before having the courage to speak out just clearly demonstrates that this behavior that he engaged in cannot tolerated,” she said.

Did she know about the allegations before the news broke?

“I certainly didn’t, and I don’t know who did,” Clinton said. “But I can only speak for myself, and I think I speak for many others who knew him primarily through politics.”

What about the donations?

Many have been demanding that Democrat politicians return the money they received as donations from Weinstein, and Clinton said in the interview that she would give the donations to charity.

How much did she receive from Weinstein?

Clinton received $17,400 directly to her campaigns, and indirectly received much more through his bundling efforts and from his hosting fundraisers.

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