Emails Complicate Case|for Clinton Foundation

     (CN) – The latest dump of emails by Wikileaks raise questions about the Clinton Foundation and whether the family avoided conflicts of interest while Bill Clinton ran the foundation during Hillary Clinton’s stint as secretary of ctate.
     “This was HRC’s idea, our office approached the Moroccans and they 100 percent believe they are doing this at her request,” top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin wrote to Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook about a potential scheduling conflict with leadership in Morocco. “The king has personally committed approximately $12 million both for the endowment and to support the meeting.”
     “She has created this mess and she knows it,” Abedin said.
     While Abedin spoke about the scheduling conflict, the email is an example of the murky waters Hillary Clinton had to navigate when meeting with high-profile foreign officials who had contributed enormous sums to her husband’s nonprofit enterprise.
     A memo released in the latest tranche of Wikileaks emails has also caused a flurry of additional scrutiny surrounding the Clinton Foundation and its potential conflict of interests. The memo was written by Doug Band, a longtime Clinton aide who ran Toneo Consulting – a firm that received $5.7 million from the Clinton Foundation in 2012.
     In the 12-page memo sent in November 2011, Band insists that he and his team “served as the primary contact and point of management for President Clinton’s activities” over a 10-year period.
     Those activities include political activity (campaigning for others running for office); business activity (mostly consulting); foundation activity (his nonprofit work); speech activity (soliciting speeches, arranging transportation, etc.); book activity; and “supporting family/personal needs (e.g. securing in-kind vacation stays and supporting family business and personal needs.”
     For critics of the Clintons, the intermingling of all these different aspects of their lives — the political, personal, charitable and business — strikes to the heart of what their claims of impropriety.
     Even Band in the memo refers to “the unorthodox nature of our roles.”
     Band’s memo is in response to increasing criticism from Chelsea Clinton, who began to play a more prominent role in the Clinton Foundation in 2011 and expressed concerned about the role of Teneo Consulting in the nonprofit’s fundraising activities.
     “I was in London Sunday and did a foundation event Sunday evening, and two people separately voiced concerns directly to me about Teneo,” Clinton wrote to John Podesta and other Clinton allies in December 2011.
     Chelsea complained that Teneo personnel were calling members of the Parliment on behalf of Bill Clinton without his knowledge and causing “people in London [to make] comparisons between my father and Tony Blair’s profit motivations.”
     Other emails reveal there was little love lost between Band and Chelsea.
     She also accused Band and others at Teneo of loading spyware onto a Clinton Foundation computer, of attempting to shoehorn all speaking arrangements for themselves in order to earn commission and taking money from her parents “personally” to pay for expenses.
     About a month after Chelsea sent the missive to Podesta complaining about Teneo, she apparently wrote Band an appreciative email expressing gratitude for his work on behalf of the foundation and her father.
     Band forwarded it to Podesta with the following preface: “She sends me one of these types of emails every few days/week. As they say, the apple doesn’t fall far. A kiss on the cheek while she is sticking a knife in the back, and front.”
     Around the same time Band wrote Podesta with more derisive comments about Chelsea Clinton.
     “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,” Band wrote.
     Aside from the casting of aspersions from both sides, there is little to tie the Clinton Foundation’s dubious intermingling of Bill Clinton’s speaking engagements, business consulting and family vacations directly to Hillary Clinton and her tenure as Secretary of State.
     However, Abedin, who wrote the email about the King of Morocco, also received a waiver from the State Department so she could work for a private company part-time, according to a previous report by Politico.
     Her part-time employer? Teneo Consulting.

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