Clinton Foundation Chief Operating Officer Laura Graham was driven to near suicide over work-related stress caused by Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, according to a hacked email just released by WikiLeaks.
In an email conversation on December 7-8, 2011, between Bill Clinton’s top aid, Doug Band, Clinton advisor John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff Cheryl Mills, and Justin Cooper, Band told them he had been able to talk Laura Graham out of committing suicide – and indicated it had happened “a few times” over the past few months.
The exchange had started on Dec. 7 in a letter from Cheryl Mills, with a proposal to split out Clinton Foundation entities and non-Foundation entities, and how to separate the payroll.
On December 8, Band responded with this news:
“Late last night, laura graham called me as she couldn’t reach my brother or her shrink. She 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 (Bill Clinton) and cvc (Chelsea Clinton) as well as that of her family had driven her to the edge and she couldn’t take it anymore.
I spent a while on the phone with her preventing her from doing that, as I have a few times in the past few months, and was able to reach roger and her shrink.
Bruce said the stress of specifically the office had caused his very serious health issues as you both know.
But I’m sure chelsea is more concerned with a mostly false story in the distinguished ny post about mf global and teneo not her role in what happened to laura/bruce, what she is doing to the organization or the several of stories that have appeared in the ny post about her father and a multitude of women over the years.
For teneo, well before mf global, we have been discussing this. Its going to hurt teneo to have wjc on the adv bd any longer but we need come up with a reorg concept for the relationship with wjc and teneo that is lower key and handled privately and properly that we should discuss. Life is [too] short so let’s have a call and get this over with.”
Band was referring to negative press his own company, Teneo, had recently received. He had had an earlier exchange about this with John Podesta and Cheryl Mills the month before, where he referred to Chelsea as a spoiled brat.
According to the NY Post, Band and Declan Kelly had joined Teneo in 2011 and turned it into a “global powerhouse.” Band had recruited Bill Clinton to be a member of the advisory board, and clients were “encouraged” to donate to the Clinton Foundation. In turn, Foundation donors were encouraged to use the services of Teneo.
Chelsea Clinton and her husband Marc Mezvinsky wanted in on the action as well, asking for an equity stake in the company, but Band refused.
Teneo had been advising MF Global, the international brokerage firm that had gone bankrupt. They were trying to get Bill Clinton off the Teneo advisory board, and were worried over the negative press that was coming out over the whole fiasco.
Bill Clinton did step down from the advisory board in February 2012. However, the intertwined dealings continued, as Hillary Clinton’s aid, Huma Abedine began working as a part-time consultant to Teneo in June 2012 – during her final months at the State Department, reported the NY Post.
A source told The Post that it became increasingly difficult for Clinton loyalists like Band to work with the Foundation after Chelsea Clinton was brought on board. “She wanted to be famous and rich and have a place to go,” said the source, adding that Chelsea was too inexperienced for the job. “It just didn’t make any sense.”
Just weeks before Hillary Clinton launched her presidential campaign in 2015, Doug Band cut his ties and left the Clinton Foundation in May 2015.
As for Laura Graham, the Foundation executive who Band talked out of plunging her car into the ocean after the stress all became too much, she is now a senior vice president of the New York State Economic Development Corporation, having left the Clinton Foundation in 2015.
Bill Clinton’s behavior pushed female Clinton Foundation chief to near suicide by plunging her car into ocean depths https://t.co/NFbeQhc5qq
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 10, 2016
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