Bill Clinton will not stand in the way of his wife becoming Barack Obama’s secretary of state. The former president has agreed to nine conditions. Most notably, he will release the names of the 208,000 donors to his foundation and will submit future speeches and business deals to State Department and White House ethics reviews.


New York Times via Political Wire:

The former president’s web of business and charitable activities raised questions about how he could continue to travel the world soliciting multimillion-dollar contributions for his foundation and collecting six-figure speaking fees for himself from foreign organizations and individuals while his wife conducted American foreign policy.

Lawyers for Mr. Clinton and Mr. Obama spent days crafting the agreement in hopes of addressing any concerns about Mr. Clinton’s activities. He had previously said he would do whatever the Obama transition team asked in order to make it possible for his wife to serve without questions. Mr. Obama’s team said it was satisfied that the concessions Mr. Clinton made should defuse any potential controversy. Until Saturday, only some elements of the agreement had become public.

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