Former President Bill Clinton “gets many expensive gifts” from Clinton Foundation donors and, unlike other foundation employees, he does not have to adhere to a conflict of interest policy, according to emails published by WikiLeaks on Thursday.
In a November 2011 email exchange, longtime Bill Clinton aide and foundation adviser Doug Band wrote John Podesta, who now serves as Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, to complain about drama at the Clinton Foundation.
Band explains that, as a board member of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), he had to sign a conflict of interest policy, a requirement that “oddly” did not apply to Bill Clinton “even though he is personally paid by 3 cgi sponsors, gets many expensive gifts from them, some that are at home etc.”
Band, who would go on to found Teneo Holdings, a global consulting firm for oligarchs, was reportedly a source of drama within the foundation after Chelsea Clinton assumed a more prominent role.
The Clinton Foundation has accepted millions of dollars in donations from sketchy foreign government and oligarchs.
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