A new book does not paint a pretty picture of the Clinton Foundation’s rumored practices, and Chelsea Clinton in particular, who has responded angrily.
The book, Chasing Hillary, is written by Amy Chozick, a writer for The New York Times. The allegations she makes in her book have made headlines in recent days, and earned a strong denial from Chelsea herself. That includes an anecdote that Chelsea was popping champagne on election night, celebrating her mother’s win before the results started to come in.
That earned this denial from Chelsea, who said the incident never happened. She also says Choznick never contacted her to fact-check the incident.
What remains strange about this (beyond @amychozick never fact checking with me directly) is at that time I was with my husband. Alone. Pumping milk for my 5 month old son. Happy to talk to Amy’s sources. Unless it’s the old medela milk bag. That would be weird…! https://t.co/HGR49Kwz0D
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) April 20, 2018
Even more disturbing, the book alleges that aides to Hillary Clinton called the money being donated to the Clinton Foundation Chelsea’s “nest egg.” That seems to support allegations that the foundation spent funds meant for charitable efforts on personal expenses. Accusations that Chelsea’s wedding was paid for by foundation funds have circulated for years, and even earned a denial from Bill Clinton earlier this year.
No Clinton Foundation funds—dedicated to Haiti or otherwise—were used to pay for Chelsea’s wedding. It’s not only untrue, it’s a personal insult to me, to Hillary, and to Chelsea and Marc.https://t.co/YEHqqYrsxW
— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) January 13, 2018
The fight between Chelsea and Chozick intensified, as Clinton insisted that the allegations were untrue because Chozick never fact-checked with her.
Hi Amy! The first sentence in the excerpt below is false – everything I’ve heard thus far that you write about me didn’t happen. We clearly have different definitions of nonfiction. Looking forward to your (belated) fact checking as relates to me. Thanks! https://t.co/Np3fZUAm7v
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) April 25, 2018
Things got even more catty after MSNBC’s Katy Tur, an outspoken critic of the Trump administration, came to Chozick’s defense. Clinton seemed to dismiss Chozick’s statement that she had her book reviewed by a professional fact checker, leading Tur to defend Chozick.
The Daily Mail has more on the allegations from the book, which also detailed how the Clinton sold access to their presence for big bucks.
Hillary Clinton’s aides called money donated to her charitable organization her daughter’s ‘nest egg’, a new book claims.
The former Democratic presidential candidate’s fundraiser took in $250 million for the Clinton Foundation before she announced her White House run.
In her new book, Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns and One Intact Glass Ceiling, New York Times journalist Amy Chozick does not say if the nest egg comment from one aide was a joke, though it appears to be a snarky comment referring to the foundation’s history of controversy.
The revelation is likely to deepen a feud between Chelsea Clinton and Chozick.
The former first daughter has been using her Twitter account to berate Chozick and accuse her of writing ‘fiction’.
In a series of tweets Chelsea first attacked specific parts of the book – that she popped open Veuve Cliquot champagne an hour after polls closed on election night, and that she had keratin treatment to straighten her hair – then stepped up the assault claming the book should not be in the non-fiction section.
Chelsea alleges the book was not fact-checked and attacked MSNBC anchor Katy Tur when she supported Chozick.
The man fact checking @amychozick's book is the same one who fact checked mine. The same one who is so nit picky that he called Delta to confirm flight times. I would bet on Chozick here, not @ChelseaClinton. https://t.co/SihgyMNsqW
— Katy Tur (@KatyTurNBC) April 25, 2018
The ‘nest egg’ description will renew scrutiny of the foundation, which is currently being investigated by the FBI over a possible pay-to-play scheme while Clinton was Secretary of State.
The FBI first looked into the organization in 2016 but the investigation did not lead to any charges. Reports in January said that it was reopened and is still ongoing.
It has long faced questions over its relationship to all three Clintons’ wider activities.
One explosive email revealed in the Wikileaks publication of Hillary’s campaign chief John Podesta said that it had paid for her wedding.
The email, from Doug Band, Bill’s closest aide for many years said: ‘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.’
No Clintons passed any personal comment on it for more than a year – although spokespeople denied it – until January when Bill used twitter to deny that funds raised to help Haiti after an earthquake there had been raided to pay for Chelsea’s lavish wedding to Marc Mezvinsky, with whom she now has two children.
The charity, whose full name is the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, has Bill and Chelsea on its board and says that neither are paid a salary or expenses.
But critics have focused on how it is part of a political machine.
Besides the “nest egg” controversy, the book details the disturbing way the Clintons monetized access to themselves.
Chozick’s book dissects Clinton’s campaign fundraising machine with fresh and startling detail.
The book says that the whole operation was overseen by Dennis Cheng, a London School of Economics graduate who wore pocket squares and Paul Smith socks and became Clinton’s campaign finance director.
Such was his sway over wealthy donors that he had already amassed $250 million to the Clinton Foundation before her Presidential campaign began and he went to work for it.
Chozick says that Cheng was known as a ‘master concierge’ and he offered a ‘full menu’ for those willing to pay for access to Clinton who used the cash to campaign.
For $250,000 you got an intimate chat with her at her waterfront house in The Hamptons on Long Island, New York, where Clinton spends the summers.
For $2,700 children aged 16 and under got to ask her a question at an event at the estate of hedge fund magnate Adam Sender in Sag Harbor, which is also in The Hamptons.