Chelsea Clinton sounded the alarm about tensions that had boiled over between the Clinton Foundation and Teneo Strategies, a consulting firm co-founded by a foundation alum, in a November 2011 email that laid out scathing allegations against two of Bill Clinton's closest aides.
Her concerns included anecdotal evidence that Justin Cooper, one of her father's closest aides, had been caught reading the emails of other foundation employees, and rumors that Doug Band, a co-founder of Teneo, had been seen "hustling" business for his consulting firm at Clinton Global Initiative events.
The email came amid a rift between Chelsea Clinton and Band that appeared to begin when the former first daughter caught wind of Band's habit of using Bill Clinton's name to solicit potential customers in the British Parliament.
In the latest email to emerge from the more than 35,000 published by WikiLeaks since Oct. 7, Chelsea Clinton also had reservations about Cooper, the aide responsible for managing Hillary Clinton's private server at the State Department.
Chelsea Clinton said she had reason to suspect that Cooper had "taken significant sums of money from my parents personally — some in expenses — cars, etc. — and others directly."
"[M]y father was told today of explicit examples at CGI of Doug/ Teneo pushing for — and receiving — free memberships — and of multiple examples of Teneo 'hustling' business at CGI — and of people now having quit at CGI," she added.
Companies or individuals typically paid tens of thousands of dollars annually to maintain a membership to the now-defunct Clinton Global Initiative. The foundation arm held its final meeting in September after Bill Clinton pledged to shutter the operation regardless of the outcome on Election Day.
The pointed message from Chelsea Clinton to a number of high-level foundation staff emerged just a few days after WikiLeaks published a draft memo from Band to Chelsea Clinton that outlined the work of Teneo toward building "Bill Clinton, Inc." into a lucrative money-making operation for her father.
Band described the many ways Teneo had leveraged Clinton Foundation relationships into personal profits for the former president, and vice versa. For example, Band explained the way Bill Clinton's speaking contracts with Swiss financial services firm UBS were secured in the same deal that netted the foundation $540,000.
In addition to the connections between Bill Clinton's personal and philanthropic pursuits, Teneo employees had latched on to many of the entities funding Clinton activities in order to drum up a separate consulting business.
Chelsea Clinton worried in November 2011 that Band was moving to control all of her father's speeches without authorization.
She told Cheryl Mills, then Hillary Clinton's chief of staff at the State Department, that Band had recently called the Harry Walker Agency, which represented both Clintons on the speaking circuit, "to ask for a full list of all [Bill Clinton's] speeches, how much he was paid for each speech, and told the contact person at Harry Walker that all speeches should now go through him, not Terry Krinivic (the scheduler)."
The WIkiLeaks emails, obtained from John Podesta's inbox sometime this year, have shed new light on the blurred line between the Clintons' personal wealth, their foundation and Hillary Clinton's political machine.
In particular, the spat between Band and Chelsea Clinton has aired specific examples of the Clinton Foundation intrigue that has long been alleged by the Clintons' critics.
Previously released emails have indicated Bill Clinton took home "expensive gifts" from foundation donors and failed to disclose a number of conflicts of interest resulting from his tangled business ties.
In other emails, Band accused several other high-level foundation executives of profiting personally from their work with the charity's donors.