Klobuchar Doesn’t Know About Clinton Educational Controversy

• June 12, 2016 11:21 am


Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.) did not have much of an answer for Fox News Sunday host Bret Baier when asked about the Clintons' connection with Laureate Education and funding that it received from the U.S. government while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state.

"Obviously, Trump University has gotten a lot of attention and focus in recent days. But another education controversy has not gotten as much coverage, that's Laureate Education," Baier said. "Since 2010, the former president, Bill Clinton has brought in just short of $16.5 million for his role as an honorary chancellor of Laureate Education.

"Bloomberg examined this nonprofit run by Laureate's chairman, called International Youth Foundation, IYF, it's public filings show that 2010 they got 14 grants worth $15 million from the U.S. government, State, or USAID, 2011, 13 grants, $14.6 million. Following year they jumped up to 21 grants with $25.5 million including a direct grant from the State Department. So, you've $55 million in three years, senator, going to this group when Hillary Clinton as secretary of state and the former president is then the chancellor of this education. Is there a problem with that? Will that be a focus in the election?"

"First of all, I don't know what that has to do with her being secretary of state," Klobuchar said.

"Because the grants came from the State Department," Baier said.

"I don't know all the facts of this …  I just haven't looked at the facts of this, but I just first of all believe all these things are going to be vetted out through the next few months," Klobuchar said. "I also believe that that Clinton Foundation has given 89 percent of the money that it has to charitable causes, including reducing AIDs greatly around the world and so there's no doubt and commended by former President Bush and others that it has done good work, and so all of these things are going to be vetted out.

"But what I really want to have the discussion start on, what the people that I talk to in Minnesota care about, is which candidate is going to be the more stable leader for our economy going forward, for our world going forward, who is going to be the one that can bring the country together and for me that answer is Hillary Clinton."