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Am I Not Speaking English?': Reporter Grills State Department Spox Over Clinton Foundation Emails


"Can you at least try to answer?"

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The State Department is trying hard to avoid answering questions over the 44 newly released emails that reveal Hillary Clinton and her office communicated with Clinton Foundation staffers, calling into question whether Clinton may have used her position at the agency to return favors for those who donated to the foundation.

Asked about the ongoing controversy on Wednesday, State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau dodged the same question multiple times.

"Department officials are in touch with a wide range of individuals. I'd note that former Secretary Clinton's ethics agreement did not preclude other State Department officials from having contact with Clinton Foundation staff," Trudeau said.

Another reporter then followed up: "Can you at least try to answer Abigail's question, which was 'has the department looked into this and determined that there was no impropriety?'"

But again, Trudeau stuck to her talking points.

"The department is regularly in touch with people across the whole spectrum, Matt," she responded.

The reporter continued to press, reminding her that "the question was whether the building has looked into it and determined that everything is OK, that there was nothing wrong."

Trudeau, however, still didn't budge.

"We feel confident in our ability and our past practice of reaching out to a variety of sources and being responsive," the spokeswoman said.

The reporter then shot back, saying to Trudeau, "Am I not speaking English? I mean, is it coming across as a foreign [language]?"

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