CNN Debunks Trump's Ethics Attack On Clinton VP Choice Tim Kaine
CNN Correspondent Chris Frates: "While Trump Is Trying To Tie Kaine To McDonnell, There Are Really Big Differences Here"
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From the July 23 edition of CNN Newsroom:
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CHRISTI PAUL (HOST): Donald Trump has something to say about all of this. His campaign calling Clinton's VP pick ethically challenged. CNN correspondent Chris Frates is following that end of the story.
CHRIS FRATES: Good morning Christie, you're exactly right here, the Trump campaign already has a nickname for Hillary Clinton's running mate. They're tagging Tim Kaine "corrupt Kaine." And Trump's trying to make an issue out of about $160,000 in gifts that Kaine received back when he was lieutenant governor and governor of Virginia. He accepted things like clothes, travel, even a vacation, but those gifts were legal in Virginia, as long as any gift over $50 bucks was publicly disclosed. Now here's what Trump tweeted about it last night. He says, "Is it the same Tim Kaine that took hundreds of thousands of dollars in gifts while governor of Virginia, and didn't get indicted while Bob M did?" Now, it seems that Trump's referring to former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell. He was convicted of federal corruption charges after being accused of accepting gifts from a businessman in exchange for promoting that person's company. Now, the Supreme Court overturned McDonnell's conviction last month. But while Trump is trying to tie Kaine to McDonnell there are really big differences here. Number one, Kaine disclosed his gifts. McDonnell didn't make all of his gifts public. Number two, Kaine's been accused of -- Kaine's never been accused of promising any kind of state actions in exchange for gifts.