Politics & Government

Trump criticizes Clinton for lack of ethics training records

FILE - This Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, in Erie, Pa. Trump has shattered the normal Republican consensus in Utah even more so than he has nationwide, activating fault lines under a normally stable electorate largely unified by a single religion.
FILE - This Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, in Erie, Pa. Trump has shattered the normal Republican consensus in Utah even more so than he has nationwide, activating fault lines under a normally stable electorate largely unified by a single religion. AP

Donald Trump’s campaign blasted Hillary Clinton Thursday after McClatchy reported that there is no evidence that she or her top aides completed ethics training when they started at the State Department as required by federal law.

“Hillary Clinton and her aides reportedly skipped their ethics training,” said Stephen Miller, Trump’s national policy director. “That would make sense since Hillary was planning a criminal enterprise trading government favors for cash.”

State Department records show only three of nine top Clinton aides took the mandated training for new employees. Records also suggest that none of seven top aides required to take subsequent annual training completed it. No records indicate whether Clinton herself took any training.

Many of the aides still work for Clinton on her presidential campaign or are advising her in her bid for the White House against Republican Donald Trump in November.

The documents were obtained by the Republican National Committee, which filed a lawsuit to get them after a Freedom of Information Act request did not produce them.

“As she focused on personal enrichment, the Middle East went up in flames and ISIS exploded onto the globe,” Miller said. “Now, all the people who've been paying off Hillary for years are funding her campaign. Mr. Trump has proposed new ethics reforms to restore honor to our government, while Hillary Clinton is calculating how much money she can make selling the office of the presidency for profit.”

Last week, a new batch of emails raised additional questions about ties between the State Department and the Clinton Foundation as they indicated foundation officials tried to secure special treatment at the department for a donor and an associate. The campaign says Clinton did not take any actions as secretary of state because of donations.

“It’s called pay for play,” Trump said last week at a rally in Virginia. “And some of these were really, really bad and illegal. If it’s true, it’s illegal. You’re paying and you’re getting things.”

Clinton’s campaign did not respond to questions about whether she and her aides completed training. Despite releasing the documents, State Department officials said the Privacy Act prevents them from confirming if employees completed training. They say the lack of records does not necessarily mean employees did not take the training, just that the department failed to keep track.

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