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FACT CHECK: Did the Clinton Foundation Pay for Chelsea's Wedding?

The rumor was kicked up again by supporters of President Trump after two damaging breaking news stories hit: one by the Washington Post reporting that Trump had asked during a discussion about immigration why people from “shithole countries” were coming to the U.S., and another by the Wall Street Journal reporting that one of Trump’s attorneys had paid a six-figure sum to adult film actress Stormy Daniels to remain silent about a 2006 sexual encounter.; The unfounded Chelsea Clinton wedding rumor was pushed by the usual suspects : Chelsea loves the Haitian people. They paid for her wedding, after all. https://t.co/rYmmXiswGE — Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) January 12, 2018 The story got a major boost by Fox News guest Tom Fitton, the head of right-wing activist organization Judicial Watch, who claimed in an interview on the conservative cable channel that Haiti got “shafted” by the Clinton Foundation because Chelsea’s wedding and a major earthquake in Haiti took place in the same year, insinuating that funds intended for earthquake relief in Haiti were diverted to the Clintons’ daughter’s wedding instead: . @TomFitton : “ @ChelseaClinton ‘s wedding was back in 2010, which was the year of the [Haiti] earthquake, and the allegation was that Foundation resources were used for Clinton’s wedding.” pic.twitter.com/jK5kcr9zR5 The claim that the Clinton Foundation diverted funds from the Haiti quake to Chelsea Clinton’s wedding is a reach at best, especially considering the discussion in the e-mail exchange between former Bill Clinton aides Doug Band and John Podesta on 4 January 2012 was itself nothing more than the relaying of a rumor. In it, Band told Podesta that he had caught wind of scuttlebutt regarding Chelsea Clinton’s activities and the Clinton Foundation finances from a friend of a friend, as it were: I just received a call from a close friend of [Bill Clinton] who said that [Chelsea Clinton] told one of the bush 43 kids that she is conducting an internal investigation of money within the foundation from [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 [Chelsea Clinton] and [Bari Lurie] talking about lots of what is going on internally to people 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 The e-mail was made public as part of a trove of leaked messages which U.S. intelligence agencies reported were stolen by Russian hackers from the Democratic operatives in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election and were then  handed over to WikiLeaks as part of an effort not only to not only help then-candidate Donald Trump, but also to sow social division and doubt in the American democratic process. Special Counsel Robert Mueller is currently investigating allegations of collusion between the Trump camp and Russia.

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