Recent allegations that President Trump referred to Haiti as a “sh*thole” is renewing interest in claims that the Clinton Foundation swindled money meant to rebuild the earthquake ravaged country in 2010.
Several readers recently wrote in to The Washington Post’s “Fact Checker” regarding allegations that the Clinton Foundation used its “resources” for Chelsea Clinton’s multi-million dollar wedding in 2010 to Marc Mevinsky, and to sustain her high-profile lifestyle.
The Post alleged there’s “no evidence” the claim is true, and Bill Clinton lashed out at the accusation on Twitter Saturday.
No Clinton Foundation funds—dedicated to Haiti or otherwise—were used to pay for Chelsea’s wedding. It’s not only untrue, it’s a personal insult to me, to Hillary, and to Chelsea and Marc.https://t.co/YEHqqYrsxW
— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) January 13, 2018
“No Clinton Foundation funds – dedicated to Haiti or otherwise – were used to pay for Chelsea’s wedding,” the former president insisted. “It’s not only untrue, it’s a personal insult to me, to Hillary, and to Chelsea and Marc.”
Bill Clinton claims that no Clinton Foundation “funds” were used to pay for Chelsea Clinton’s wedding. However, the leaked email from then top Bill Clinton aide Doug Band doesn’t say “funds” it says “resources”: https://t.co/hHY9OUwry3 https://t.co/mU2xJhASnL
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 14, 2018
“Bill Clinton claims no Clinton Foundation ‘funds’ were used to pay for Chelsea Clinton’s wedding,” Wikileaks tweeted in response to Clinton. “However, the leaked email from then top Bill Clinton aide Doug Band doesn’t say ‘funds’ it says ‘resources.’”
The Wikileaks tweet linked to its original post from November 2016, when the transparency site published an email exchange between Band and Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta. The allegation came amid others that claim the Clinton Foundation “charity” scammed money from recovery efforts in Haiti through the Clinton Global Initiative.
The email conversation started with Band contacting Podesta on Jan 4, 2012, alleging a friend of Bill Clinton’s said Chelsea told one of George W. Bush’s daughters she’s conducting an internal investigation of the Clinton Global Initiative’s financial relationship with the Clinton Foundation.
“The bush kid then told someone else who then told an operative within the Republican Party,” Band wrote. “I have heard more and more chatter of (Chelsea) and (Bari Laurie, Chelsea’s chief of staff) talking about lots of what is going on internally to people. Not smart.”
Podesta replied back minutes later.
“You are perfecting your kids for understatement,” he wrote.
“I learned from the best,” Band emailed a few hours later. “The investigation into her getting paid for campaigning, using foundation resources for her wedding and life for a decade, taxes on money from her parents …
“I hope that you will speak to her and end this,” he continued. “Once we go down this road …”
Bryan Rafanelli, Chelsea Clinton’s wedding planner, told The Post he thinks revelations that the Clinton’s used their foundation to pay for their daughter’s wedding are “crazy,” though he did not deny it’s a possibility.
Rafanelli said he organized the wedding with help from Bill, Hillary, Chelsea, Mezvinsky, and Dorothy Rodham, Hillary Clinton’s mother. The group decided on vendors and location and guest seating, and he planned it out “like a military operation,” Rafanelli said.
“It’s one-stop shopping,” he told The Post. “You pay Rafanelli. We pay everyone else.”
Bill Clinton spokesman Angel Urena also insisted “the Clintons happily and proudly paid for the wedding,” which took place at the Astor Courts estate in New York.
CBS News estimates the wedding – one of the “most expensive weddings of all time” – cost a whopping $5 million.