Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani blasts the Clinton Foundation, the charitable family philanthropy of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, claiming the charity was a ''pay-for-play'' scandal that is going to be ''bigger than Watergate.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani ripped into the Clinton Foundation, the global family philanthropy of Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, calling it a "pay-for-play operation" that is "going to be bigger than Watergate." Speaking a rally for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in Tampa, Florida, Giuliani told supporters, "The scandal you are watching unfold is gonna be like the Teapot Dome scandal in the 1920's and maybe bigger." The foundation announced on Monday that it would stop accepting at least some foreign and corporate donations if Clinton wins the presidency and that her husband, former President Bill Clinton, would resign from the foundation's board. Trump and other members of his party have taken to calling for a special prosecutor to investigate what they say is corruption. The Clinton campaign has dismissed such calls as groundless political smears. Republicans see attacking Clinton over the organization as a way of unifying conservatives divided over Trump, who has never held elected officer and who often deviates from conservative orthodoxy. Democrats hope the controversy comes too late to make a difference in the election, in which most national public opinion polls show Clinton ahead. The foundation has said Hillary Clinton was not involved with the group while serving as the nation's top diplomat. The Clinton campaign denies Clinton ever took any action because of donations to the foundation. Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook told MSNBC on Wednesday that Clinton does not have a conflict of interest with charitable work, and pointed to her rival's business interests with Wall Street, China and Russia. "Donald Trump and his bottom line and his networks are directly connected to all kinds of international entities ... and nobody's asking him to disclose or divest," Mook said of the New York businessman. Trump has responded by saying it is Clinton, not he, who has close ties to Russia.