The latest cache of WikiLeaks emails, released this Sunday, exposes even more careless and criminal behavior on behalf of Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.
As we wrote on Monday, the emails suggest that Clinton entrusted her housekeeper Marina Santos with CLASSIFIED information on Libya and Iran. Trump argues that such behavior “completely jeopardized the national security of the United States.”
The emails expose numerous conflicts of interest, including the fact that a top Foundation donor was responsible for “killing” bad press coverage. An email sent in 2012 by Doug Band, former President Bill Clinton’s top aide, reveals that Clinton Foundation resources were utilized for Chelsea Clinton’s wedding “and life for a decade.”
Hillary Clinton has previously stated that some of the “personal” emails she deleted from her private server before handing it over to the feds were related to Chelsea’s wedding.
Doug Band has served as a personal assistant to Bill Clinton since the 1990s. He founded the global consulting firm Teneo in 2011, of which Bill Clinton became an immediate client.
On November 12th, 2011, Band wrote an 11-page memo describing how Teneo was created and how it had helped to enrich Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation. In the memo, Band writes that he had “sought to leverage my activities, including my partner role at Teneo, to support and to raise funds for the Foundation.”
In a section of a the memo which does not appear in the final draft, Band describes billionaire hedge fund manager Marc Lasry as a “good example of the complex relationships a friend/supporter can have within the Foundation.”
Lasry regularly held fundraisers for the Clinton Foundation and Chelsea Clinton worked for Lasry. Doug Band was a paid adviser for Lasry’s investment company Avenue Capital.
The hedge fund manager was “helpful on a number of fronts, including…responding favorable to our requests to use his plane for Foundation and the Clintons’ personal purposes, killing potential unfavorable stories in the Enquirer [of which he owns a controlling share of the debt]…” wrote Band.
In response to Band’s memo, Lawyers from Simpson, Thacher, & Bartlett LLP sent a draft of a governance memorandum to John Podesta. The audit draft, sent in December 2011, specifically mentioned a conflict-of-interest policy that was listed but never implemented.
“In addition, some interviewees reported conflicts of those raising funds or donors, some of whom may have an expectation of quid pro quo benefits in return for gifts,” reads the draft. “Interviewees also mentioned instances in which gifts and payments received by staff had not been properly disclosed.”
Other problems included:
• 276 “complimentary” $20,000 Clinton Global Initiative memberships marked as “discretionary”
• Lack of transparency regarding 1,000+ complimentary memberships
• Issues with IRS Form 990
• Unsigned board minutes and lack of board meetings
• Small Foundation board “comprised solely of ‘insiders’”
• Board members ignoring conflict-of-interest policies
The FBI is ramping up its investigation into the Clinton Foundationvand announced last week that the case had reached “very high priority.”