Top central banker's Clinton donation puts Fed in political crosshairs
Revelations that Federal Reserve Gov. Lael Brainard donated to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign has created a tough situation for the central bank, at a time when Donald Trump has been accusing the Fed of making policy based on political bias.
A day after Fed Chair Janet Yellen found herself in the hot seat on Capitol Hill over the Brainard donation, Kansas City Fed President Esther George danced around the issue on Thursday in a CNBC interview.
"The law allows for Fed officials to make those kind of donations. There's nothing illegal about that," George told "Squawk Box."
In general, George said: "We're always sensitive to what appearances are, and that's built into our code of conduct and other things."
George acknowledged the Fed has been under increased scrutiny during the 2016 presidential campaign, as Trump repeatedly accused Yellen of keeping interest rates low to keep the economy stable to burnish President Barack Obama's legacy and help Clinton slide into the White House.
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