Leaked Email: Top Clinton Aide Called Chelsea a Backstabber

‘As they say, the apple doesn’t fall far’

Chelsea Clinton
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October 17, 2016

A close aide to Bill and Hillary Clinton referred to their daughter Chelsea as a backstabber and added that the "apple doesn’t fall far," hacked emails released by WikiLeaks show.

Doug Band, who helped create the Clinton Global Initiative, received an email from Chelsea Clinton on January 27, 2012, passing on praise that she had received dealing with CGI.

"Hi Doug and Justin–Just met Clark Winter on our BA flight and he had terrific things to say about Dad and you Doug and CGI generally and it was nice to hear as ever so I wanted to pass along," she wrote "Sorry for brevity. We’re taking off. Hope alls well in Davos Justin. Chelsea."

Band forwarded the email to Cheryl Mills, another longtime Clinton aide, and John Podesta, now Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager whose email account is the one that was hacked. Band said he receives emails such as this one from Chelsea regularly before calling her a backstabber, adding that the "apple doesn’t fall far."

"She sends me one of these types of emails every few days/week. As they say, the apple doesn't fall far. A kiss on the cheek while she is sticking a knife in the back, and front," he wrote.

This is not the first time that Band was found to be highly critical of Chelsea Clinton within the WikiLeaks email dumps.

In an earlier release, Band called Chelsea a "spoiled brat" after she had tried meddling in his consulting firm, Teneo Holdings, the New York Post reported.

"I realize it is difficult to confront and reason with her but this could go too far and then we all will have a real serious set of other problems," Band said in a November 2011 exchange.

"I don’t deserve this from her and deserve a tad more respect or at least a direct dialogue for me to explain these things. She is acting like a spoiled brat kid who has nothing else to do but create issues to justify what she’s doing because she, as she has said, hasn’t found her way and has a lack of focus in her life."