Wik­iLeaks gives in­sight into Clinton char­ity ten­sion

Baltimore Sun - - ELECTION 2016 - By Michael Biesecker and Stephen Braun

WASH­ING­TON — Newly leaked emails show con­ster­na­tion among those clos­est to Hil­lary Clinton about how Bill Clinton’s busi­ness deal­ings might dam­age his rep­u­ta­tion.

The emails, posted Mon­day by Wik­iLeaks, also give in­sight into ten­sion within the Clinton Foun­da­tion while Clinton was serv­ing as sec­re­tary of state.

Wik­iLeaks be­gan re­leas­ing on Fri­day what it says are years of mes­sages from the ac­counts of Clinton’s cam­paign chair­man, John Podesta. Podesta has ac­knowl­edged his emails were hacked but warned the mes­sages may have been al­tered or edited to do po­lit­i­cal dam­age to Clinton.

The emails that cir­cu­lated among Podesta, Chelsea Clinton and for­mer Bill Clinton aide Doug Band de­tail in­ter­nal ten­sion that sim­mered in­side the Clin- ton Foun­da­tion and ap­pears to have played a role in Band’s de­par­ture from the fam­ily char­ity.

In­ter­nal con­cerns among Clinton fam­ily in­ti­mates about Band and the pri­vate cor­po­rate ad­vi­sory firm he co-founded, Te­neo Hold­ings, have been de­tailed by the me­dia. But the new emails pro­vide raw glimpses of an ap­par­ent power strug­gle be­tween the Clin­tons’ daugh­ter and Band.

In an email ex­change from De­cem­ber 2011, Chelsea Clinton tells Podesta and oth­ers — in­clud­ing Clinton ad­viser and cur­rent Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe — that she’s in­creas­ingly con­cerned about Te­neo.

The email in­cludes a for­warded news ar­ti­cle that al­leges Bill Clinton had col­lected $50,000 a month through Te­neo from MF Global, a com­modi­ties bro­ker­age, while MF Global was pre­par­ing to file for bankruptcy.

Band wrote in an email t hat Chelsea Clinton seemed more con­cerned about crit­i­cal news cov­er­age of MF Global and Te­neo than pub­lished re­ports about Bill Clinton’s in­fi­delity.

“She is act­ing like a spoiled brat kid,” Band vented in an ex­change sent to Podesta.

The emails re­flect the as­cen­dance of Chelsea Clinton — as early as 2011 — in­side the fam­ily char­ity. The younger Clinton was re­cently anointed as the Clinton Foun­da­tion’s fu­ture leader if her mother wins the pres­i­dency next month.

Calls seek­ing com­ment from the Clinton Foun­da­tion and from Te­neo re­ceived no re­sponse Mon­day.

Also in De­cem­ber 2011, Clinton Foun­da­tion Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer Laura Gra­ham con­tacted Band to com­plain that stress she blamed on the for­mer pres­i­dent and Chelsea Clinton was caus­ing her to con­sider sui­cide.

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