Clinton, Cornyn Share Words

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