Here is what Bill said recently from Africa.
Bill Clinton firmly asserted that the foundation he started after his presidency has not done anything “knowingly inappropriate” in accepting foreign cash while his wife was secretary of state. He also veered into territory that was classic Clinton, and not in a good way.
His justification for his own $500,000-a-pop speaking fees — “I gotta pay our bills” — and his insistence that his family is held to unfair standards, in an interview aired Monday on NBC, raised eyebrows inside of Clinton world and out.
This is what the United States Constitution says.
No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.
Article I, Section 9, Clause 8
Similarly, the Framers intended the Emoluments Clause to protect the republican character of American political institutions. "One of the weak sides of republics, among their numerous advantages, is that they afford too easy an inlet to foreign corruption." The Federalist No. 22 (Alexander Hamilton). The delegates at the Constitutional Convention specifically designed the clause as an antidote to potentially corrupting foreign practices of a kind that the Framers had observed during the period of the Confederation. Louis XVI had the custom of presenting expensive gifts to departing ministers who had signed treaties with France, including American diplomats. In 1780, the King gave Arthur Lee a portrait of the King set in diamonds above a gold snuff box; and in 1785, he gave Benjamin Franklin a similar miniature portrait, also set in diamonds. Likewise, the King of Spain presented John Jay (during negotiations with Spain) with the gift of a horse. All these gifts were reported to Congress, which in each case accorded permission to the recipients to accept them. Wary, however, of the possibility that such gestures might unduly influence American officials in their dealings with foreign states, the Framers institutionalized the practice of requiring the consent of Congress before one could accept "any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from...[a] foreign State."
An emolument includes salary, honoraria, transportation, per diem allowances, household goods shipment costs, and housing allowances.
Under the Foreign Gifts and Decorations Act, 5 U.S.C. 7342, Congress has authorized employees, including advisory committee members, to accept items from a foreign government that do not exceed minimal value (currently $350). The Act authorizes acceptance of items over minimal value when such items consist of an educational scholarship, medical treatment, or expenses for travel taking place entirely outside the United States, thus permitting hotel and meal reimbursements in the foreign country, but not airfare for flights originating or terminating in the United States. The statutory restriction on gifts over minimal value extends to the spouse and dependents of the employee.
The restrictions of the Emoluments Clause are constitutional, and are not matters of policy that can be waived or reconsidered.
I can just hear Bill saying, “I did not have sex with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.” Well Bill and Hillary, did your foundation or Bill directly or indirectly receive funds from a foreign state and did you receive anything directly or indirectly of value over $350? If you did or it appears you did, the Department of Justice has a duty to investigate.