Donald Trump Slams Doug Band, Clinton Foundation on ‘Unorthodox’ Arrangement

Hillary Clinton's opponents often accuse her of having used her influence as secretary of state for the benefit of the foundation her husband and former president, Bill, founded in 2001

Donald Trump issued a statement on Thursday afternoon, blasting the Clintons and the Clinton Foundation based on a recent report that revealed a top Bill Clinton aide wrote a 12-page report illustrating how they raised millions for the Clintons personally and for the Clinton Foundation.

“The more e-mails Wikileaks releases, the more the lines between the Clinton Foundation, the Secretary of State’s office, and the Clintons’ personal finances are blurred,” Trump stated in a press release. “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.”

The Republican nominee continued:

Mr. Band called the arrangement ‘unorthodox.’ The rest of us call it outright corruption. In fact, the Clinton Foundation even hired a law firm to find out if their pay to play scheme would jeopardize their charitable status with the IRS. 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 will do if they are given the chance to control the Oval Office.

ABC News reported earlier on Thursday that emails released by WikiLeaks revealed a “12-page memo written by a former aide to President Bill Clinton illustrates how he and other advisers raised millions of dollars for the Clinton Foundation and the Clintons after they left the White House.”

ABC’s report continued:

The purported memo from Doug Band details how he and his team locked in lucrative speaking deals for Bill Clinton and how Band leveraged his work at his global consulting firm, Teneo Strategies, to persuade clients to contribute to the Clinton Foundation. Band described his work as running “Bill Clinton Inc.”

“We also have solicited and obtained, as appropriate, in-kind services for the president and his family – for personal travel, hospitality, vacation and the like,” Band allegedly wrote.

The Clinton campaign has not confirmed the authenticity of the WikiLeaks documents.


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