Donald Trump attacked the Clintons on Thursday over the latest blockbuster hacked email released by WikiLeaks, which details how a close Bill Clinton aide helped rake in tens of millions for the former president while his wife was serving as secretary of state.
From Daily Mail
Doug Band sent the 12-page memo in 2011 to Bill Clinton, his daughter Chelsea, several Clinton Foundation board members and lawyers, and ‘special adviser’ John Podesta – whose email was hacked and who is now Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager.
‘Just today we read about Clinton confidant Doug Band bragging that he had funnelled tens of millions of dollars to “Bill Clinton, Inc.” through the Foundation donations, paid speeches and consulting contracts,’ Trump said in a farm animal expo center in rural Springfield, Ohio.
‘Mr. Band called the arrangement “unorthodox”,’ Trump said. ‘The rest of us call it outright corrupt.’
In fact, he continued, ‘the Clinton Foundation even hired a law firm to find out if their pay-to-play scheme would jeopardize their charitable status with the IRS.’
‘If the Clintons were willing to play this fast and loose with their enterprise when they weren’t in the White House, just imagine what they’ll do if given the chance to once again control the Oval Office!’
Trump, cheered on by a crowd estimated at 7,000 people, blasted Hillary Clinton as the new figurehead leading what amounts to an organized crime family.
‘The more emails WikiLeaks releases, the more lines between the Clinton Foundation, the secretary of state’s office and the Clintons’ personal finances – they all get blurred,’ the Republican presidential nominee said.
‘Honestly, I think we’ve had enough of the Clintons, in all fairness, right?’ he asked. ‘Don’t you think? Had enough!’
‘I mean, at what point – at what point do we say it? Hillary Clinton is the most corrupt person ever to seek the office of the presidency.’
Wikileaks published the Doug Band memo on Wednesday, opening up a new window into the financial links between the Clinton Foundation, the former president’s personal fortune and his wife’s tenure as America’s highest ranking diplomat.
Band and another aide, the memo states, helped secure $66 million from ventures including speaking fees.
Using his role as the president of his own consulting firm Teneo Holdings, Band wrote, he worked to raise funds for the foundation and Clinton personally.
Band also wrote that he helped obtain ‘in-kind services for the President and his family – for personal, travel, hospital, vacation and the like.’
‘Throughout the past almost 11 years since President Clinton left office, I have sought to leverage my activities, including my partner role at Teneo to support and raise funds for the Foundation,’ the close friend-of-Bill wrote.
‘This memorandum strives to set forth how I have endeavored to support the Clinton Foundation and President Clinton personally.’
Under a section titled ‘For-Profit Activity of President Clinton (i.e. Bill Clinton, Inc),’ Band said he and deputy Justin Cooper brought Clinton all four of his advisory arrangements at the time.
These yielded more than $30 million in personal income, added to another $66 million to be paid out over the following nine years as part of Teneo’s consulting arrangement.
One of these roles was serving as honorary chairman of Laureate International Universities, a chain of for-profit colleges that paid Bill Clinton $3.5 million per year from 2010 until 2015, when the contract ended and his wife started her run for president.
Band said neither he nor Cooper were compensated directly for their work. It’s common for Washington power-brokers to make money ‘on the back end’ of such arrangements, using them to build their client lists for other contracts.
Both men did receive salaries from the Clinton Foundation.
Band also said Teneo was responsible for negotiating a number of speaking fees for Clinton, including $1.15 million from the Swedish telecom giant Ericson and $900,000 from banking behemoth UBS.
Band at the same time solicited clients to donate to the Clinton Foundation.
This included $4.33 million over six years from the Coca-Cola Company and more than $1 million from Barclays Capital.
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