Hillary Clinton said on Monday that her husband shouldn't have to step down from the charitable foundation he heads until after the election in November, if she wins.
"He started this great work. He has made it his life's work, after the presidency. And he has said, if I am so fortunate enough to be elected, he will not be involved. And I think that is appropriate," Hillary Clinton told ABC News in an interview that will air in full on Tuesday morning.
The Democratic nominee for president said "I don't think there are conflicts of interest" with having her spouse, former President Bill Clinton, run a foundation which takes money from wealthy individuals and organizations from around the world even as she runs for the highest office in the land.
"I know that that's what has been alleged and never proven," she said. "But nevertheless, I take it seriously."
Bill Clinton's spokesman, Angel Urena, noted on Twitter after the story came out that the ex-president had already said he would resign from the foundation "if his wife wins."
Earlier Monday, while at an AFL-CIO Labor Day picnic in Cincinnati Ohio, Bill Clinton defended his charitable work.
"They even went after my foundation last week," he said of the Trump campaign. "Now that was really funny, to me, somebody asked me what I thought about it, I said, Well, here's what I did. I was sort of Robin Hood, except I didn't rob anybody, I just asked people with money to give it to people who didn't have money and we, and we tried to use it in America and around the world to save jobs, to create jobs, and to save lives."
The Trump campaigned picked up on Clinton's "funny" line, responding with a press release from spokesman Jason Miller that read: “There’s nothing funny about the growing evidence of corruption and conflicts of interest between the Clinton Foundation and Hillary Clinton’s State Department."
Bill Clinton earlier Monday noted that Trump's own charitable foundation has actually been fined by the IRS for illegally contributing funds to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi's re-election campaign.