GOP May Grill Bill at Hillary's Hearing

Lawmakers likely to raise conflict of interest issues
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 11, 2008 2:16 AM CST
Bill Clinton attends the Clinton Global Initiative Asia Meeting in Hong Kong last week.   (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
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(Newser) – Senate Republicans are considering calling on Bill Clinton to testify at his wife's confirmation hearing for secretary of State, Politico reports. It's unusual for anybody apart from the nominee to testify at a confirmation hearing. But GOP lawmakers are concerned about Bill's worldwide business dealings and their potential impact on his wife's new position. They may also relish any opportunity to put the Clintons on the spot.

"There are concerns about his international work across the board,” said a Republican aide. “Seeking donations from foreign governments is definitely concerning.” Democrats say any potential conflict-of-interest issues arising from the former president's charity work have already been resolved, but GOP lawmakers will be able to raise their concerns either in private or at the hearing.