by WorldTribune Staff, October 28, 2016
Revelations from emails released by WikiLeaks show Hillary Clinton is what amounts to the new figurehead of an organized crime family clamoring to return to the White House, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump said on Oct. 27.
The latest blockbuster emails show how a close Bill Clinton aide helped take in tens of millions of dollars for the former president while his wife was serving as secretary of state.
“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 said during a campaign event in Springfield, Ohio.
“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. 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.”
Trump continued: “Just today we read about Clinton confidant Doug Band bragging that he had funneled tens of millions of dollars to “Bill Clinton, Inc.” through the Foundation donations, paid speeches and consulting contracts.”
Band called the arrangement “unorthodox”, Trump said. “The rest of us call it outright corrupt.”
In a memo released by WikiLeaks, Band admitted using his role as the president of his own consulting firm, Teneo Holdings, 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.”
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 that 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.
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.