Hillary Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea, allegedly used Clinton Foundation money and other charity resources to fund her wedding to Marc Mezvinsky. This was discovered through a new batch of WikiLeaks emails from top Bill Clinton aide, Doug Band. On January 4, 2012, Band wrote in an email that Chelsea used Foundation resources “for her wedding and life for a decade.” He also alleged a top Foundation donor was responsible for “killing” unfavorable press coverage, according to Fox News. The Clinton Foundation is a non-profit charity run by the Clinton family and formally referred to as the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
Doug Band, who is also the founder of the global strategies company Teneo, emailed a Clinton Foundation Global Initiative board member to complain about Chelsea. He used the initials “cvc” in reference to Chelsea Victoria Clinton, according to Fox News.
“The investigation into her getting paid for campaigning, using Foundation resources for her wedding, and life for a decade, taxes on money from her parents… I hope that you will speak to her and end this[.] Once we go down this road…”
Podesta said Band’s comments were an “understatement.”
According to the Daily Mail, Clinton’s wedding was “estimated to have cost about $3 million dollars, but it is unclear how much money or resources went from the Clinton Foundation to the wedding and what it went toward, if in fact, funds were used.”
Doug Band has been Bill Clinton’s personal assistant since the 1990s. According to Fox News, Band wrote an email to John Podesta and two other Clinton aides after receiving word that Chelsea told “one of the [President] Bush 43 kids” and others about “an internal investigation of money within the Foundation.”
The following email reads, per the Daily Mail:
“I just received a call from a close friend of (William Jefferson Clinton) who said that cvc told one of the (George W. Bush) kids that she is conducting an internal investigation of money within the foundation from cgi to the foundation… The bush kid then told someone else who then told an operative within the republican party… I have heard more and more chatter of cvc and (Bari Lurie, chief of staff to Chelsea Clinton at the Clinton Foundation) talking about lots of what is going on internally to people. Not smart.”
In a WikiLeaks email dated November 27, 2011, Band allegedly becomes upset with Chelsea for going to her “daddy” to re-schedule a meeting, according to the Daily Mail. In an email sent from Robert S. Harrison, Chief Executive Officer of the Clinton Foundation, the recipients were asked if they were able to schedule the meeting before Sundown on the first night of Yom Kippur, WikiLeaks purports.
Chelsea Clinton responds to the email thread by writing: “Thank you, Bob. I’ll talk to my Dad about the below later today. Hope everyone had wonderful Thanksgivings.”
Later, a private email sent to Podesta shows Band with some choice words for Chelsea Clinton and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, according to the Daily Mail.
“This is the 3rd time this week where she has gone to daddy to change a decision or interject herself in the process she says is so important to maintain… Her father decided to keep cgi as it always was and bob is Jewish/didn’t like that decision and went to cvc and thus it will be changed…”
WikiLeaks has released Band’s email during a time of turmoil and upheaval inside of the Clinton Foundation.
“Marc mez had an idea to put together a poker night for the foundation to raise money… His raising money for his own fund hasn’t been going well and he has cvc making some calls for him to get mtgs with some clinton people… Marc has invited several potential investors and a few current business ones to the poker night. I assume all are contributing to the foundation, which of course isn’t the point.”
“What is the point is that he is doing precisely what he accused me of doing as the entire plan of his has been to use this for his business which he is.”
The Clinton campaign has blamed the Russian government for breaking into Podesta’s email account and passing the material to WikiLeaks in an attempt to help Donald Trump win next week’s election. Podesta, a veteran of nearly half a century of U.S. politics, says he has spoken to the FBI “as a victim” of hacking, according to the Guardian.
The Clinton Foundation is reportedly being looked into by the FBI, according to Fox News. It is unclear what the FBI is focusing on within their investigation.
The Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, previously said the possible subjects of the FBI probe was some of the “personal” emails she deleted from her server and Chelsea’s wedding, according to Fox News. FBI Director James Comey discussed the FBI investigation, according to the Washington Examiner.
“Since my letter, the FBI investigative team has been working around the clock to process and review a large volume of emails from a device obtained in connection with an unrelated criminal investigation.”
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