Hillary Clinton's daughter used charity money for wedding, WikiLeaks email shows

  • 07/11/2016
Chelsea and her father Bill Clinton (Reuters)
Chelsea and her father Bill Clinton (Reuters)

WikiLeaks has unveiled more emails from the Clinton campaign just two days out from the US election, and one appears to show the Presidential candidate's daughter Chelsea Clinton used charity money to pay for her wedding.

In a number of emails Doug Band, a former top aide to President Bill Clinton, apparently complains about Chelsea's use of resources from the Clinton Foundation.

One of the emails from Mr Band says: "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."

Chelsea Clinton's wedding is estimated to have cost about US$3 million, but it's not clear what funds from the charity were used.

Meanwhile, the New York Post has reported Ms Clinton routinely asked her Filipino maid to print out classified government documents while she was Secretary of State.

Last week, the Clinton Foundation confirmed it accepted a $US1 million gift from Qatar while Hillary Clinton was US secretary of state without informing the State Department, even though she had promised to let the agency review new donations from foreign governments.

Qatari officials pledged the money in 2011 to mark the 65th birthday of Bill Clinton and sought to meet the former US President in person the following year to present him with the cheque.

The information came from an email from a foundation official to Ms Clinton's presidential campaign chairman, John Podesta, which was among thousands hacked from Mr Podesta's account and published last month by WikiLeaks.

Ms Clinton signed an ethics agreement governing her family's globe-straddling foundation in order to become secretary of state in 2009.

Under the agreement, Ms Clinton promised that the State Department's ethics official would be notified of donations and given a chance to raise any concerns.

A Clinton Foundation spokesman, Brian Cookstra, confirmed this week that the foundation accepted the $US1 million gift from Qatar, but said this did not amount to a "material increase" in the Gulf country's support for the charity.

The State Department has said it has no record of the foundation submitting the Qatar pledge for review, and that it was incumbent on the foundation to notify the department about donations that needed attention.

The Clinton Foundation has said it would no longer accept money from foreign governments if Clinton is elected president.

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