Newly released “Podesta Emails” published by WikiLeaks reveal that Chelsea Clinton was extremely worried about potential conflicts of interest between the Clinton Foundation, State Department and Teneo, a consulting firm that was founded by former aides to Bill and Hillary Clinton. Per The Washington Examiner, Teneo, founded by Doug Band and Declan Kelly, drew a lot of scrutiny for its decision to employ Huma Abedin during the final months of Hillary Clinton’s State Department tenure. Chelsea apparently thought the firm created potential conflicts of interest when Abedin and Band went to State Department officials to seek assistance for Teneo’s clients, including MF Global.
The situation escalated to the point that Doug Band sent the following email to John Podesta in November 2011 as he was “worried that if this story gets out, we are screwed.” Among other things, Band had the following to say about Chelsea:
“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. I realize she will be off of this soon but if it doesn’t come soon enough….”
Less than a month later, Chelsea wrote to Podesta raising concerns over Teneo leveraging their relationship with Bill Clinton to pull strings on behalf of their client, Dow Chemical, run by CEO Andrew Liveris. Interestingly, this is the same Andrew Liveris that Bill Clinton pushed Hillary to meet with back in 2009 just as Dow was engaged in a legal battle with Kuwait over a failed joint venture (see “Did Foundation Donor Dow Chemical Seek Hillary “Favor” To Settle $9 Billion Lawsuit With Kuwait?” and “New Hillary Emails Expose Bill Pushing Meetings With Foundation Donors, Requests For ‘Diplomatic Passports’“).
After that, the situation escalated to the point that Band sent the following email two days later saying that Chelsea had pushed Clinton Foundation COO, Laura Graham, to the brink of suicide. Within the email Band describes an encounter in which he received a “late night” call from Graham who 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.”
Luckily Graham was able to avoid Vince Foster’s fate…though just narrowly it seems.