Hmmm … maybe all 33,000 deleted e-mails from Hillary Clinton’s clandestine e-mail server really did relate to Chelsea’s wedding. According to leaked e-mails reported this morning by the New York Post, Clinton Foundation exec Doug Band complained in 2011 that Hillary’s daughter had driven then-foundation COO Laura Graham nearly to suicide, and angered him plenty as well by acting like “a spoiled brat kid.”
The Post’s Daniel Halper describes Band’s complaints as “whining,” and he may be right:
Turning his fire on the former (and perhaps future) first daughter, Band complained about Chelsea meddling in his consulting firm, Teneo, where Bill Clinton served as a paid adviser.
“I realize it is difficult to confront and reason with her but this could go too far and then we all will have a real serious set of other problems,” Band whined in a Nov. 12, 2011, email.
“I don’t deserve this from her and deserve a tad more respect or at least a direct dialogue for me to explain these things. 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,” he added.
What prompted this contretemps? Er … Chelsea apparently thought Teneo was promoting his own business at the expense of those who trusted him to direct his efforts to their benefit. Stop laughing:
It’s not clear what story Band was referring to, but at the time, he and Chelsea were battling over whether he was using his Clinton connections to further his business interests.
Get. Out. Some media outlets have played this as Chelsea’s concerns about ethics issues becoming a problem later for her parents, but who’s kidding whom here? Her parents clearly weren’t worried about it while sucking in $57.5 million from those connections while Hillary ran Foggy Bottom.
Meanwhile, what about the help getting abused, as Band fretted? Graham felt plagued by both Chelsea and Bill, according to Band, and wanted to drive her car off of Staten Island to escape them:
Band said he had to talk foundation COO Laura Graham out of driving her car into the waters off Staten Island because she was under such stress caused by “wjc and cvc as well as that of her family.” The reference appears to be to William Jefferson “Bill” Clinton and Chelsea Victoria Clinton.
“She was on staten island in her car parked a few feet from the waters edge with her foot on the gas pedal and the car in park. She called me to tell me the stress of all of this office crap with wjc and cvc as well as that of her family had driven her to the edge and she couldn’t take it anymore,” Band wrote to Mills, Podesta and Justin Cooper, the aide who helped set up and maintain Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
Sounds like a pretty tough working environment, no? The Clintons can always claim that one has to kick a few butts to get things done, but that begins to sound a little like the defenses that Donald Trump has given for the hard feelings between him and some of his contractors and employees. It didn’t get bad enough for Graham to leave entirely, but she’s no longer in an operational role at the foundation, either.
Still, Band’s protestations that Chelsea stuck her nose into his Teneo business is a little difficult to credit. Don’t forget that Teneo was paying Huma Abedin a salary at the same time she worked for the State Department as a means to tie all of the Clinton operations together. Band used that connection to get Clinton Foundation donors some face time with Hillary while she served as Secretary of State, such as the effort to get a meeting with Hillary for the Crown Prince of Bahrain. Band also played a key role in keeping Gilbert Chagoury connected into the State Department despite questions about his other connections to terrorist groups like Hamas. While Band worked at the foundation and ran Teneo, he also drew a taxpayer-funded salary from the Former Presidents Act funds paid to Bill Clinton — until 2013, long past this “whining” e-mail.
Perhaps Chelsea acts like a spoiled brat kid, but she’s not the only spoiled figure in this story. If she acted as though Teneo was part of Clinton Inc, it’s probably because it was.