Hillary Clinton refused to say Friday whether her family plans to relinquish control of the Clinton Foundation if she wins the presidency in November.
Instead, Clinton said the foundation is "testing" the possibility of transferring authority for some of its charitable projects to outside groups in order to eliminate potential conflicts of interest. "The foundation is looking for partners, and there are potential partners for some of the work," she said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
The former secretary of state also said she would not criticize a Republican if he or she had engaged in similar activities with an eponymous nonprofit.
"I would not be criticizing, I would be looking at the work," Clinton said. "But if there were no evidence that there was any conflict, I would say, 'Look, I appreciate the work that they did to help 11 and a half million people get more affordable medicines.'"
Clinton also said generally that other actions might be taken if she wins the White House, but didn't offer specifics.
"I appreciate the concerns that people have expressed and that's why I've made it clear that if I'm successful in November, we are going to be taking additional steps," Clinton said. "The fact is, winding down some of these programs takes time."
The Democratic nominee also faced questions about the access her donors enjoyed to top State Department officials during her diplomatic tenure, a pattern revealed in a series of documents that were made public this week. But Clinton instead touted the charity's work toward securing affordable HIV medication for millions of people, and said her family takes no money from the foundation.
"Neither my husband, my daughter nor I have ever taken a penny of salary from the foundation," she said. "I believe my aides also acted appropriately."
Cheryl Mills, Clinton's former chief of staff, spoke regularly with charity executives, according to call logs made public on Monday. Huma Abedin, her deputy, collected paychecks from the State Department and the Clinton Foundation simultaneously.