Politics November 7, 2016: WikiLeaks Chelsea Clinton’s husband used Clinton Foundation for hedge fund

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WikiLeaks Chelsea Clinton’s husband used Clinton Foundation for hedge fund

By Bonnie K. Goodman

HEMPSTEAD, NY - SEPTEMBER 26: (L-R) Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton looks on with husband and former U.S. President Bill Clinton and daughter, Chelsea Clinton after the Presidential Debate with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at Hofstra University on September 26, 2016 in Hempstead, New York. The first of four debates for the 2016 Election, three Presidential and one Vice Presidential, is moderated by NBC's Lester Holt. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

HEMPSTEAD, NY – SEPTEMBER 26: (L-R) Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton looks on with husband and former U.S. President Bill Clinton and daughter, Chelsea Clinton after the Presidential Debate with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at Hofstra University on September 26, 2016 in Hempstead, New York. The first of four debates for the 2016 Election, three Presidential and one Vice Presidential, is moderated by NBC’s Lester Holt. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Another day another Clinton scandal exposed. The FBI might not be charging Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton over her private email server, but does not mean the Clintons’ are not without scandal and general abuse of power privilege. On Sunday evening, Nov. 6, 2016, WikiLeaks released another batch of 8,000 emails relating to Hillary and former President Bill Clinton. Among those emails was two indicating that daughter Chelsea Clinton’s husband, Marc Mezvinsky used his connections with the Clinton Foundation to secure money for his hedge fund.

Wikileaks released two specific emails between ex-Bill Clinton aide Doug Band to Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta and long-time aide Cheryl Mills who at the time was serving as Clinton’s Chief of Staff at the State Department. There was a memo from 2011 and an email from 2012 outlining how Mezvinky used the foundation’s donors to invest his hedge fund.

Mezvinsky invited prospective donors to a Clinton Foundation poker event to “court” his potential investors and was introduced to a “billionaire foundation donor” who contributed to his fund. Chelsea was also actively involved she phoned foundation donors inquiring if they would invest in her husband’s hedge fund.

Mezvinsky was working as an investment for Goldman Sachs, and he and two others were trying to gain enough capital and investments for a hedge fund. The three called their enterprise Eaglevale Partners. As Politico pointed out in their report, “The word among rich Clinton backers on Wall Street was that the family would look favorably on investments in Eaglevale.”

The emails are a part of the 50,000 hacked Podesta emails WikiLeaks has released since the beginning of October in an attempt to sway the election. The emails have shown a calculated Clinton campaign that has used the Democratic National Committee and the news media to get an advantage for Clinton in the primary and general election. The emails not released in any order include both emails and internal memos and documents showing the Clintons’ used their political connections to gain favors.

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Full Text DNC Day 4, July 28, 2016: Chelsea Clinton’s Speech Introducing her Mother at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia

POLITICAL TRANSCRIPTS

2016 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN:

Chelsea Clinton’s Speech Introducing her Mother at the Democratic National Convention

Source: Time, 7-28-16

Thank you. Thank you. Oh, thank you. Thank you. It is such an honor for me to be here tonight. I am here as a proud American, a proud Democrat, a proud mother and tonight in particular, a very, very proud daughter. (APPLAUSE)

Mark and I can’t quite believe it but our daughter Charlotte is nearly two years old. She loves Elmo. She loves blueberries, and above all she loves face timing with grandma.

(APPLAUSE)

My mom can be about to walk on stage for a debate, or a speech, it just doesn’t matter. She’ll drop everything for a few minutes of blowing kisses and reading Chugga Chugga Choo Choo with her granddaughter. Oh, Chugga Chugga got an applause.

CLINTON: Our son Aiden is five and a half weeks old. And we are so thankful that he’s healthy and thriving and well, we’re a little biased but we think he’s just about the cutest baby in the world. A view, I’m pretty sure my mom shares.

And every day that I spend as Charlotte and Aiden’s mother, I think about my own mother, my wonderful, thoughtful, hilarious mother.

(APPLAUSE)

My earliest memory is my mom picking me up after I had fallen down, giving me a big hug and reading me Goodnight Moon. From that moment, to this one, every single memory I have of my mom is that regardless of what was happening in her life, she was always, always there for me.

(APPLAUSE)

Every soccer game, every softball game, every piano recital, every dance recital, Sundays spent together at church and the local library. Countless Saturdays finding shapes in the clouds, making up stories about what we would do if we ever met at triceratops, in my opinion, the friendliest looking dinosaurs.

Although, my mom would always remind me they were still dinosaurs. As a kid, I was pretty obsessed with dinosaurs and the day that my parents took me to Dinosaur National Park, I didn’t think life could get any better.

Whenever my mom was away for work, which thankfully didn’t happen very often. She left notes for me to open every day she was gone. All stacked neatly together in a special drawer, with at date on the front of each one, so I would know which note to open on which day.

When she went to France to learn about their childcare system, I remember one was all about the Eiffel Tower, another was about the ideas she hoped to bring home to help the kids of Arkansas.

I treasured each and every one of those notes They were another reminder, that I was always in her thoughts and in her heart. Growing up, conversations around the dinner table always started with what I learned in school that day.

I remember one week, talking incessantly about a book that had captured my imagination, “A Wrinkle in Time”. Only after, my parents had listened to me, would they then talk about what they were working on, education, healthcare, what was consuming their days and keeping them up at night.

I loved that my parents expected me to have opinions, and to be able to back them up with facts.

(APPLAUSE)

I never once doubted that my parents cared about my thoughts and my ideas. And I always, always knew how deeply they loved me. That feeling of being valued and loved, that’s what my mom wants for every child.

(APPLAUSE)

It is the calling of her life. My parents raised me to know how lucky I was. That I never had to worry about food on the table. That I never had to worry about a good school to go to. That I never had to worry about a safe neighborhood to play in. And they taught me to care about what happens in our world and to do whatever I could to change what frustrated me, what felt wrong. They taught me that’s the responsibility that comes with being smiled on by fate.

(APPLAUSE)

And I know my kids are a little young, but I’m already trying to instill those same values in them. There’s something else that my mother taught me, public service is about service.

(APPLAUSE)

And, as her daughter, I’ve had a special window into how she serves. I’ve seen her holding the hands of mothers, worried about how they’ll feed their kids, worried about how they’ll get them the healthcare they need. I’ve seen my mother promising to do everything she could to help. I’ve seen her right after those conversations getting straight to work, figuring out what she could do, who she could call, how fast she could get results.

She always feels, like there isn’t a moment to lose, because she knows that for that mother, for that family there isn’t.

(APPLAUSE)

And I’ve, I’ve also seen her at the low points, like the summer of 1994. Several people this week have talked about her fight for universal healthcare. I saw it up close. It was bruising. It was exhausting. She fought her heart out and as all of you know, she lost. For me, then 14 years old, it was, it was pretty tough to watch. But my mom, she was amazing. She took a little time to replenish her spirits. Family movie nights definitely helped. Dad, as all of you now know, liked Police Academy.

My mom and I loved Pride and Prejudice.

(APPLAUSE)

And then, she just got right back to work, because she believed that she could still make a difference for kids.

(APPLAUSE)

People ask me, all the time, how does she do it? How does she keep going, amid the sounds and the fury of politics? Here’s how, it’s because she never, ever forgets who she’s fighting for.

(APPLAUSE)

She’s worked to make it easier for foster kids to be adopted. For our 9/11 first responders to get the healthcare they deserve, for women around the world to be safe, to be treated with dignity, and to have more opportunities.

(APPLAUSE)

Fights like these, they’re what keep my mother going. They grab her heart and her conscience and they never, ever let go.

(APPLAUSE)

That’s who my mom is. She’s a listener and a doer. She’s a woman driven by compassion, by faith, by a fierce sense of justice and a heart full of love. So, this November, I’m voting for a woman who is my role model, as a mother, and as an advocate. A woman who has spent her entire life fighting for families and children. I’m voting for the progressive, who will protect our planet from climate change and our communities from gun violence.

(APPLAUSE)

Who will reform our criminal justice system, and who knows that women’s rights are human rights.

(APPLAUSE)

And who knows, that LGBT rights, are human rights —

(APPLAUSE)

— and around the world. I’m voting for a fighter who never, ever gives up. And who believes that we can always do better when we come together and we work together.

(APPLAUSE)

I hope that my children will someday be as proud of me as I am of my mom. I am so grateful to be her daughter. I’m so grateful that she is Charlotte’s and Aiden’s grandmother. She makes me proud every single day.

(APPLAUSE)

And, mom, grandma would be so, so proud of you tonight.

(APPLAUSE) To everyone watching here and at home, I know with all my heart, that my mother will make us proud as our next President. This is the story of my mother, Hillary Clinton.

(VIDEO PLAYING)

Ladies and gentlemen, my mother, my hero, and our next President, Hillary Clinton.

Chelsea Clinton’s Fairytale Wedding to Marc Mezvinsky

IN FOCUS: CHELSEA CLINTON’S WEDDING

Former US president Bill Clinton and wife US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with their daughter Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky.
Former US president Bill Clinton and wife US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with their daughter Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky. Photo: AFP
  • The Big Day: Chelsea Clinton’s WeddingNYT Caucus, 8-2-10
  • Just Married: Mr. and Mrs. Marc Mezvinsky Chelsea Clinton Got What She Wanted: A Wedding Surrounded by Family and Friends, With the Media at Arm’s Length: “Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. and Mrs. Marc Mezvinsky.” Perhaps you’ve heard: Chelsea Victoria Clinton, the only child of the 42nd President and the current Secretary of State, was married to her long-time beau, investment banker Marc Mezvinsky. It happened last night at Astor Courts, a lavish estate on the east bank of the Hudson River, about 90 miles north of New York City. In a statement, the family said they couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day…. – CBS News, 8-1-10
  • Town Elbows Its Way Into Clinton Wedding: At 7:23 p.m. came an announcement from the family via e-mail: Ms. Clinton was now married to Marc Mezvinsky.
    Ms. Clinton, 30, wore a strapless gown, beaded at the waist and designed by Vera Wang (who caused a commotion of her own when she showed up in town on Saturday). The mother of the bride wore a plum-colored gown by Oscar de la Renta.
    The interfaith ceremony was conducted by Rabbi James Ponet and the Rev. William Shillady. Ms. Clinton is Methodist, and Mr. Mezvinsky is Jewish.
    It included elements from both traditions: friends and family reading the Seven Blessings, which are typically recited at traditional Jewish weddings following the vows and exchange of rings.
    A friend of the couple read the poem “The Life That I Have” by Leo Marks…. – NYT, 8-1-10
  • Chelsea Clinton weds at New York estate: Chelsea Clinton has married her longtime boyfriend at an exclusive estate along New York’s Hudson River.
    Bill and Hillary Clinton announced in a statement that their daughter wed investment banker Marc Mezvinsky on Saturday night after weeks of secrecy and buildup that had celebrity watchers flocking to the small village of Rhinebeck for the evening nuptials…. – Sydney Morning Herald, 8-1-10
  • Joint statement from Clintons on Chelsea’s wedding: Joint statement by former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on the wedding of their daughter, Chelsea:
    “Today, we watched with great pride and overwhelming emotion as Chelsea and Marc wed in a beautiful ceremony at Astor Courts, surrounded by family and their close friends. We could not have asked for a more perfect day to celebrate the beginning of their life together, and we are so happy to welcome Marc into our family. On behalf of the newlyweds, we want to give special thanks to the people of Rhinebeck for welcoming us and to everyone for their well-wishes on this special day.”…. – AP, 8-1-10
  • Chelsea’s wedding puts a spotlight on mixed marriages: Chelsea Clinton, a Methodist, and Marc Mezvinsky, a conservative Jew, had their very private wedding on Saturday. But the public may not be done peering through the shrubbery at their lives.
    Like it or not, the famous bride and groom will continue to be the focus of scrutiny for their religiously mixed marriage — a category that’s growing rapidly among U.S. couples…. – USA Today, 8-2-10
  • New Chelsea Clinton Wedding Photo Shows Bride with Mother, Grandmother: Three generations of women pose side by side in a newly released photo from Chelsea Clinton’s wedding. The image shows the bride posing with her mother, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and her grandmother, Dorothy Howell Rodham. The picture shows more of Clinton’s ivory strapless gown with a laser-cut organza ballgown skirt and a sparkly belt, which was designed by Vera Wang, and also gives a better look at her mother’s dress, a fuchsia gown with floral details by Oscar de la Renta…. – CBS News, 8-4-10
  • No Wonder Chelsea Clinton Wanted Secrecy: WHEN it comes to publicly exploiting one’s nuptials, Chelsea Clinton could fairly be described as the antipode of Bethenny Frankel. Ms. Clinton, in the words of Joanna Coles, the editor of Marie Claire, “shows celebrities how they should be getting married and that it is possible to stay out of the limelight, if you want to.” Oh, but who would want to? Few images of Ms. Clinton’s wedding to Marc Mezvinsky have been released, frustrating those whose livelihoods depend on a feed of nuptial news. Think of the publicity-seeking designers, the poor caption writers for InStyle, the knockoff artists hoping to make a buck off a Chelsea-inspired trend. Once, designers talked freely about their designs, but this week, an assistant to Vera Wang, who made the wedding gown, hung up on a reporter calling for more details. NYT, 8-4-10
  • Doug Wead: Just Married: Mr. and Mrs. Marc Mezvinsky Chelsea Clinton Got What She Wanted: A Wedding Surrounded by Family and Friends, With the Media at Arm’s Length: “We can assume, and people do assume, that Richard Nixon was a very private person, and he didn’t want to have anybody see him cry,” said presidential historian Doug Wead.
    “U.S. Grant was a great general, as you know he’d seen a lot of blood, entire tents full of arms and legs amputated,” said Wead. “But when his daughter was married, he wept. He looked at the floor and wept throughout, and said he wouldn’t make eye contact with anybody – looked at his shoes, his boots, and wept through the whole ceremony.” – CBS News, 8-1-10

Chelsea Clinton, right, poses with her mother, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, left, and grandmother Dorothy Howell Rodham, on July 31, 2010, during her wedding in Rhinebeck, N.Y. (Credit: Barbara Kinney)

  • Bill Clinton emerges on Chelsea’s NY wedding eve: The secret of Chelsea’s wedding is officially over. Former President Bill Clinton strolled up the main street in Rhinebeck, N.Y., shortly after noon Friday, the day before his daughter is to marry Marc Mezvinsky at the much-ballyhooed wedding at a private estate. The former president, looking relaxed in blue jeans and a black knit shirt, walked with security a few blocks north from the picturesque village’s main intersection to Gigi Trattoria, whose chef is rumored to be catering tonight’s rehearsal dinner…. – AP, 7-30-10
  • Will Chelsea Clinton – Marc Mezvinsky Union Weaken Co-officiation Taboo? Marc and Chelsea under the chupah: Intermarriage for the ages. Strong opposition to rabbi-minister weddings, but some cracks appearing: A ketubah behind them, the bride and groom stood under a chupah with a rabbi, listened to friends recite the Sheva Brachot — and at the end of the ceremony, the tallit-wearing groom stepped on a glass.
    But Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky’s long-awaited wedding Saturday night was not your average Jewish ceremony.
    That’s not just because the parents held aloft on chairs at the reception included a former U.S. president, the current U.S. secretary of state and two former members of Congress.
    And it wasn’t only because the ceremony occurred before Shabbat’s end. It was also because Rabbi James Ponet (pronounced Po-NET), Hebrew Union College-ordained and the longtime director of Yale University’s Slifka Center for Jewish Life, co-officiated alongside Rev. William Shillady, a Methodist minister.
    Even as the number of liberal rabbis willing to preside at weddings of Jews to gentiles appears to be growing, co- officiation with clergy of another faith, while hardly unheard of, remains taboo.
    Indeed, many, if not most, rabbis who officiate at intermarriages do so only under certain conditions: the ceremony must be exclusively Jewish, and couples are often required to commit to raising Jewish children, taking a Judaism class together and, in some cases, joining a synagogue.
    The Reform movement’s Central Conference of American Rabbis, of which Rabbi Ponet is a member, officially opposes co-officiating, as does the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, although it is rare for either to discipline members who do so. (Orthodox and Conservative rabbis are forbidden from officiating at all interfaith weddings…. – The Jewish Week, 8-4-10
  • Gil Troy: Chelsea Clinton’s Jew “ish” wedding contrasts American Jewish vastness with Israeli Jewish density: This week, Chelsea Clinton was married under a chupah, during Shabbat, to a Jew, Marc Mezvinsky. That Bill and Hillary Clinton’s daughter married a Jew has thrilled many Jews craving acceptance as further proof that American Jews have “made it.” That this intermarriage was adorned with some ritualistic Jewish touches has appalled many Jews defending tradition as further proof that American Jews have diluted Judaism, making it Jew-ish, a more digestible Judaism- lite. I am surprised either camp is surprised.
    North America is defined by its vastness. Whenever I travel around America, I am struck by the expanse that defines the New World. Irving Berlin was not just whistling Dixie when he praised America’s spacious skies.
    By contrast, Israel is defined by its density. First time pilgrims and veteran Israelis are equally impressed by all the history, humanity, and hysteria often packed into every square kilometer. Israel’s greatest national songwriter Naomi Shemer got it right when she channeled the great medieval poet Yehudah HaLevi in “Yerushalayim Shel Zahav” by writing “for ALL of your songs I am your violin” (or lute) – lechol shiriech ani kinor. Especially in Jerusalem, it seems that every stone has multiple stories, nothing is simple; everything is multilayered, multidimensional.
    Parked in a land so vast and free, American Jewry has developed a culture of expansiveness. American Jewry is justly celebrated for its openness, to others and to new ideas. The creativity and accessibility make American Jewry hip, dynamic, and welcoming. Most American Jews seem to shout out “Shalom Aleichem,” or “y’all come on in,” to fresh initiatives for achieving gender equality, to liturgical updating, to new rituals, to syntheses with modern culture, to new bridges beckoning to those who show interest in Judaism, regardless of their halachic legal status. Alas, the vastness also leads to porousness, the creativity flirts with superficiality, constantly being demeaned by trendiness. Judaism, traditionally defined as the Etz Haim, the solid, steadfast Tree of Life, risks becoming a will o’ the wisp…. – Jerusalem Post, 8-5-10
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