The State Department said Thursday that it would not investigate the failure of the Clinton Foundation or its related health charity to report foreign government donations to the Obama administration, even though the charity has admitted that it did not report these donations while Hillary Clinton was serving as secretary of State.
Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, agreed to share information about donations to their groups as a condition of Clinton running the State Department, to better track possible conflicts of interest.
Last week, it became clear that no information at all was shared by the Clinton Health Access Initiative, or CHAI, about foreign government donations from 2009 to 2013. However, State indicated Thursday that it had no interest in pursuing the matter further, and was content to let the Clinton groups publicize the information on their own.
"The State Department has not and does not intend to initiate a formal review or to make a retroactive judgment about items that were not submitted during Secretary Clinton's tenure," spokesman Jeff Rathke said.
Rathke also indicated that State has deemed that there were no conflicts of interest at all between the money collected by CHAI and Clinton's work.
"The department's actions under Secretary Clinton were taken to advance administration policy as set by the president, and in the interests of American foreign policy," he said. "We aren't aware of any actions taken by Secretary Clinton that were influenced by donations to the Clinton foundation or its offshoots, or by speech honoraria and consultancies of former President Clinton."
Rathke did say that State regrets that the information promised to be supplied by the Clinton groups was not supplied at the time. "We regret that we did not have the opportunity to review all new and increased foreign government donations," he said.
But he said both the Clinton Foundation and CHAI have said they are reviewing their records, which he said would help ensure the information is released. "We welcome these steps to ensure that all foreign donations are public," he said.
Reporters pressed Rathke to explain why State wouldn't investigate the failure of the Clinton's to provide the information, but Rathke mostly repeated his answers when asked. One reporter said State's conclusions appeared to have been drawn before it bothered to look into the matter further.
State's answer was similar to the answer another officials gave on Wednesday, when she said State would take Clinton at her word that she has given the department all of her work-related emails.