Bill and Chelsea Clinton’s “office crap” nearly drove the Clinton Foundation’s chief operating officer to commit suicide in 2011, according to hacked emails released by WikiLeaks.
Former President Bill Clinton’s chief adviser at the time, Doug Band, sent an email to the former president’s staff involved with the Clinton Foundation that he talked the nonprofit’s COO, Laura Graham, out of ending her life.
“Late last night, laura graham called me as she couldn’t reach my brother or her shrink,” Band wrote in a Dec. 2011 email chain discussing the Clinton Foundation’s “infrastructure.”
“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,” he wrote. “She called me to tell me the stress of all of this office crap with wjc and cvc 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,” Band wrote.
WJC and CVC likely refer to William J. Clinton and Chelsea Victoria Clinton, the husband and daughter of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Graham was Clinton Foundation COO, and now serves as a senior adviser to the foundation. Band went on to criticize Chelsea for not caring about how her supposed office drama harmed two top foundation officials.
Band wrote how “stress” at the Clinton Foundation directly caused “very serious health issues” with “Bruce.” Band is likely referring to Bruce Lindsey, the foundation’s chairman of the board.
“Bruce said the stress of specifically the office had caused his very serious health issues as you both know,” Band wrote.
“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,” Band wrote.
“For teneo, well before mf global, we have been discussing this,” Band wrote. “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 to short so let’s have a call and get this over with,” Band concluded.