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WikiLeaks: Top aide called attention to 'not smart' Clinton Foundation move in 2012

Hillary Clinton and daughter Chelsea Clinton, vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, embrace at the 2015 meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative University at the University of Miami. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

A former top aide to President Bill Clinton wrote in a 2012 email that Clinton Foundation resources were used for Chelsea Clinton's "wedding and life for a decade," according to newly released emails published by WikiLeaks.

On Jan. 4, 2012, Clinton's longtime personal assistant, Doug Band, wrote to John Podesta, who is now Hillary Clinton's campaign manager:

I just received a call from a close friend of wjcs [William Jefferson Clinton's] who said that cvc [Chelsea Victoria Clinton] told one of the bush 43 kids that she is conducting an internal investigation of money within the foundation from cgi [Clinton Global Initiative] to the foundation. The bush kid then told someone else who then told an operative within the republican party. I have heard more and more chatter of cvc and bari [Chelsea Clinton assistant Bari Lurie] talking about lots of what is going on internally to people. Not smart.

Podesta replied by calling Band's comment an "understatement."

In a later email, Band implied that the controversial Clinton Foundation paid for, or at least helped pay for, several questionable expenses.

Band, in an email also sent Jan. 4, 2012, urged Podesta to talk with Chelsea Clinton. In the message, Band seemingly warned Podesta of what could result "once we go down this road":

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. Once we go down this road....

A number of Republicans have accused the Clinton Foundation of acting as nothing more than a slush fund for the former first family. Fox News' Judge Jeanine Pirro recently called the nonprofit charity an "organized criminal enterprise." Hillary Clinton's GOP rival Donald Trump has called the Clinton Foundation a "vast criminal enterprise," despite the fact that he himself has donated more than $100,000 to the organization.

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