Clinton, Cornyn Share Words

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2009 3:42 PM CST
Clinton, Cornyn Share Words
Secretary of State-designate Sen. Hillary Clinton testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on her nomination.   (AP Photo)

Hillary Clinton and John Cornyn shared some spirited words today after the inauguration, Politico reports. Cornyn is blocking a Senate vote today on Clinton’s confirmation as secretary of state over concerns about the transparency of Bill Clinton’s foundation. While the conversation seemed animated, a rep for Cornyn said it “appeared to be warm and cordial.”

Cornyn spelled out his concerns in a letter, the Atlantic reports. “Put simply, the Foundation's refusal of foreign-source donations while you serve as Secretary of State is in this nation's interest,” he wrote. “But I am willing to consider other options to reduce the likelihood of real or perceived conflicts of interest that will result from foreign donations.” (Read more President Obama stories.)

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