Now that Hillary Clinton has announced her candidacy for the 2016 presidential election, she is already fiercely under attack from her political opponents. Clinton has reassured her supporters that she understands the way election season works and that she's prepared for all kinds of attacks and "distractions" from the Republican opposition.
According to ABC News, Hillary Clinton has already had to fend off several accusations about her conduct during her time as Secretary of State for the Obama Administration. A previous report from the Inquisitr covered the soon-to-be-released book Clinton Cash:The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich. Republicans are citing the book as proof that Hillary Clinton accepted donations from foreign governments for her charity, the Clinton Foundation, and then proceeding to give special treatment to the governments that gave her money.
Hillary Clinton has responded to the accusations by claiming it's all part of election season, and that the book is nothing more than a distraction.
"Well, we're back into the political season and therefore we will be subjected to all kinds of distractions and attacks and I'm ready for that," said Hillary Clinton. "I know that that comes unfortunately with the territory."
The book outlining Clinton's alleged favoritism will be released next month. It claims that both Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton have provided secret favors to those who donated substantial amounts of money to the Clinton Foundation. While the Republicans are using the book as a weapon against Hillary Clinton's campaign, the candidate has used the strategy as an opportunity to point out her status in the 2016 election.
"It is, I think, worth noting, the Republicans seem to be talking only about me," said Clinton. "I don't know what they'd talk about if I wasn't in the race. But I am in the race and hopefully we'll get on to the issues and I look forward to that."
According to the Associated Press, the chairman of Hillary Clinton's campaign, John Podesta, has responded directly to the claims made by Peter Schweizer in Clinton Cash, dismissing them as conspiracy theories.
"He's cherry picked information that's been disclosed and woven a bunch of conspiracy theories about it," Podesta said.
The allegation about the Clinton Foundation is not the only scandal Hillary Clinton has had to overcome during her early start as a presidential candidate. Shortly before she announced she was running, Clinton was accused of not using official channels when communicating via email.
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