Former Clinton Foundation executive Doug Band accused Chelsea Clinton of using the private charity’s resources for her “wedding and life for a decade,” according to a new email published by WikiLeaks in its Podesta emails series.
The new email was released Sunday as part of a chain, some of which had been released in earlier dumps from WikiLeaks.
“Of course, using the foundation’s resources as personal resources, such as her V.I.P. wedding, would potentially threaten the foundation’s nonprofit status.”
In the January 2012 chain, Band told Hillary Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta that he had just learned from a close friend of former President Bill Clinton’s that Chelsea Clinton was responsible for launching an internal investigation into the foundation’s finances and the Clinton Global Initiative.
Band was less than pleased with Clinton’s “not smart” behavior, especially since he’d heard how Chelsea and one of former President George W. Bush’s daughters had engaged in “more and more chatter” over the foundation’s internal dealings. Podesta concurred, telling Band, “You are perfecting your skills for understatement.”
But in the newly released email, Band took his spat with Clinton a step further when he insinuated that she was by no means innocent herself.
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“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,” Band wrote to Podesta. “I hope that you will speak to her and end this … Once we go down this road …”
Because Chelsea Clinton helped launch the internal investigation, Band suggested she ran the risk of exposing her own shady dealings.
Republicans were quick to note that the use of the charity as a private bank account for personal activity could endanger its nonprofit status.
“The Doug Band-Chelsea Clinton dispute over the Clinton Foundation got so testy, that in newly leaked emails, Band threatened the former first daughter, saying that an audit would expose her for ‘using foundation resources for her wedding and life for a decade,'” Steve Guest, the deputy press secretary for the Republican National Committee, said in an email statement Sunday. “Of course, using the foundation’s resources as personal resources, such as her V.I.P. wedding, would potentially threaten the foundation’s nonprofit status.”