Bill Clinton said none of the donors to the Clinton Foundation received government favors while his wife Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, but acknowledged he doesn't know what donors might have had in mind in giving to the foundation.
“I don’t know. You never know what people’s motives are," Clinton told CNN’s Jake Tapper in an interview set to air in full on Sunday. "But in this case, I’m pretty sure that everybody that gave to Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake saw what they saw on television, were horrified and wanted to make a difference."
He added, "I don't think Hillary would know either" whether donors were seeking favor.
"She was pretty busy those years," Clinton said. "I never saw her study a list of my contributors, and I had no idea who was doing business before the State Department."
Clinton spoke with Tapper during a Clinton Global Initiative event in Denver, at a time when donations to the foundation have come under scrutiny as Hillary Clinton mounts her second bid for the White House.
The former president made clear he thinks the focus on the donations is politically motivated.
"Nobody even suggested it or talked about it or thought about it until the political season began and somebody said, 'Well, what about this?'" Bill Clinton said.
He emphasized that no one "has ever asked me for anything."
Hillary Clinton, who declared her candidacy in April, is set to formally kick off her campaign Saturday with an event in New York.