Even more Clinton scandals have been mysteriously left out of most media coverage.
Newly released emails revealed that Clinton’s top State Department adviser would give access to the former Secretary of State to those who were Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) donors.
Reported by The Daily Caller, an email that was obtained by Citizens United dated December 4, 2012– reveals that Paul McElearney, the CGI’s head of membership development asked Huma Abedin, the State Department advisor if he could meet with Clinton. She said yes and McElearney asked if four others could meet her during her upcoming trip to Ireland.
“Are these legit cgi people?” wrote Abedin. “I know denis o brian [sic] but not the others. Everyone is asking to see her.”
Two were approved, including O’Brien, an Irish billionaire who donated a significant amount to the Clinton organization. This is just another example of the many cases were donors could “pay-to-play,” where in exchange for “donations” they got access to Clinton.
The Citizens United found another email suspicious from Doug Band, aide of Bill Clinton and con-founder of the Clinton Global Initiative, in April 2011. Band asked Abedin to invite Diego Donoso, an executive at Dow Chemical’s offices in Japan, to join a meeting between Hillary Clinton and Naoto Kan, who was Japan’s prime minister at the time.
Dow Chemical was a large donor to the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative. The company was a client of Teneo Holdings, which was a consulting firm Band co-founded around the same time. Dow Chemical paid Teneo $2.8 million in 2011 and then $16 million in 2012 for their consultant services. Bill Clinton was the honorary chairman, but quickly distanced himself once scandals broke out about the firm.
In the recent WikiLeaks release, some more evidence was leaked about Doug Band and his corrupt relationship with the Clintons.
Band was raising millions for the Clinton foundation, while also scouting paid gigs for “Bill Clinton, Inc” with his consultant firm.
One of the donations was $540,000 from UBS to the Clinton Foundation and then he organized three paid speeches for Bill Clinton to give that totaled to $900,000, according to The Hill.
Band wrote a 12-page memo about this where he argued that his duties were “independent” of one another. Allegedly, the memo was written in response to Chelsea Clinton’s criticism of his involvement “within the family’s network of interests,” reports The Hill.
“In the unique roles in which we have had the opportunity to serve, we have been able to help balance the multiplicity of activities that demand [Bill Clinton’s] time and engagement to best fulfill his personal, political, business, official former President, and Foundation/non-profit goals,” wrote Band. “We appreciate the unorthodox nature of our roles, and the goal of seeking ways to ensure we are implementing best practices to protect the [tax exempt] status of the Foundation.”
Apparently, Chelsea Clinton raised “serious concerns” with Band’s actions with Teneo. Band made his feelings about her explicitly clear to John Podesta, the Clinton Campaign chairman.
“I realize it is difficult to confront and reason with her but this could go to far and then we all will have a real serious set of other problems. I don’t deserve this from her and deserve a tad more respect or at least a direct dialogue for me to explain these things. She is acting like a spoiled brat kid who has nothing else to do but create issues to justify what she’s doing because she, as she has said, hasn’t found her way and has a lack of focus in her life. I realize she will be off of this soon but if it doesn’t come soon enough…” wrote Band.
But Band wasn’t naïve about how suspicious his role looked.
“I’m starting to worry that if this story gets out, we are screwed,” wrote Band. “[Kelly] and I built a business. Our business has almost nothing to do with the Clintons, the foundation or [the Clinton Global Initiative] in any way. The chairman of UBS could care a less [sic] about CGI.”
Then a week later, the “Clinton lawyer Cheryl Mills sent a document to Podesta and Band laying out ways to unwind the former president’s charitable and business interests — all of which distanced Band from the foundation,” writes Newsmax.
Then in December 2011, that is when Bill Clinton resigned from Teneo’s board.
Editor’s note: These are smoking gun episodes of how anyone could donate sums to the Clinton Foundation and buy access to the Clintons, and the Office of the Secretary of State.