US approved most Bill Clinton speech requests within days

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2010, file photo, former U.S. President Bill Clinton gestures as he delivers his keynote address at INTI International University in Nilai, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia. When Hillary Rodham Clinton was secretary of state, her husband won hasty approval from her department to make a lucrative series of speeches to companies, organizations and governments around the world. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. State Department officials under Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton moved quickly when aides to Bill Clinton asked them in March 2010 to approve plans for the former president to address clients of a British bank under investigation for violating international sanctions. Within four days, the department's ethics office signed off on the request — as it did for hundreds of others from the former president during his wife's four-year tenure leading the agency.


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