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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton poses for a cell phone photo with audience members after speaking at campaign event at John Marshall High School in Cleveland, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Clinton says media should be investigating Trump's businesses, not her family's charity



WATCH:  Hillary Clinton responds to attacks on Clinton Foundation

In her first national media interview in nearly a month, Hillary Clinton on Tuesday night defended herself from accusations that she gave special access to Clinton Foundation donors while serving as Secretary of State.

Speaking to CNN's Anderson Cooper, Clinton said her work at the State Department was never influenced by any outside forces.

"I made policy decisions based on what I thought was right to keep Americans safe and protect U.S. interests abroad," she said.

Interview was response to AP story, released emails 

Clinton's comments came in response to an Associated Press story asserting more than half of the meetings Clinton took with representatives of non-governmental interests while she was Secretary of State were with people who directly or indirectly donated to her family's global charity.

Emails from Clinton's private server also showed that some Clinton Foundation donors sought access to Clinton while she served at the State Department. The emails did not, however, show Clinton giving special favors to those donors.

GOP presidential rival Donald Trump calls for Foundation to be shut down.

Clinton says media should investigate Trump's conflicts of interest 

In her interview with Cooper, Clinton reiterated that her emails didn't show special favors were given to her donors. 

She also asserted that neither she nor former President Bill Clinton ever made money off the charity. She challenged Cooper to ask similar questions of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who has interests in hundreds of businesses and investments and possible foreign connections.

Clinton: We know nothing about Trump's businesses

"You know more about the Foundation than you know about anything concerning Donald Trump's wealth, his business, his tax returns. I think it's quite remarkable," Clinton said.

"[Trump's] refusal to release his tax returns is even more concerning, given the recent news that his businesses are hundreds of millions of dollars in debt to big banks, including the state-owned bank of China and business groups with ties to the Kremlin."

No tax returns from Trump

Trump has not released his tax returns since 1981. He has, however filed a mandatory personal financial disclosure statement, which lists his current holdings.

The 104-page document identifies hundreds of Trump-run foreign and domestic companies, which like the Clinton Foundation, make some ethics experts nervous about potential conflicts of interest if Trump wins the presidency.

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