Magazine March 23, 2015, Issue

A Professional Correspondence

Wilson & Sterling

A professional corporation 

SUBJ: UNPAID INVOICES I RE: CLINTON/CLINTON CONTINUATION-OF-MARRIAGE AGREEMENT 2000, AND ADDENDA, UPDATED OCTOBER 2014,

JANUARY 2015

Dear Steve:

Please find attached several unpaid invoices from this office, as representatives of our client, former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton, directed to your office, as representatives of her loving husband, former president Bill Clinton. These invoices are now over 90 days past due and we really do have to insist on prompt payment in full.

As you know, Steve, both the original CONTINUATION-OF-MARRIAGE AGREEMENT and all subsequent addenda include fees payable by your client to our client for the various appearances, speeches, conversations, and other one-on-one events (please see Appendix XIV: Payment Schedule for Artifacts of Togetherness). Since the end of Q3 ’14, your client has withheld payment to our client for several joint appearances, three “fun” and “spontaneous” lunches that were planned and scheduled at some inconvenience to our client. This is a troublesome pattern.

As a gesture of goodwill, our client has agreed to consider all “family” and “family-type” events that occurred during the traditional Christian holiday of Christmas “on the house” and will withdraw all charges related to that time period. As those fees represent what would be, to any other vendor, charges in excess of $450,000, I think you can agree that our client is being exceptionally generous.

But please understand that while our client has great love for and devotion to your client and believes that the bedrock of their happy marriage consists in communicating entirely via counsel, she also knows that appearance fees and speaking income are a crucial part of her between-government-jobs livelihood, and is asking only for what has been previously agreed to.

When can we expect payment in full?

Best regards,

Greg

(dictated but not read)

Wilmer, Patton

A professional corporation

SUBJ: UNPAID INVOICES IN RE: CLINTON/CLINTON CONTINUATION-OF-MARRIAGE AGREEMENT 2000, AND ADDENDA, UPDATED OCTOBER 2014,

JANUARY 2015

Dear Greg:

Many thanks for your letter.

Let me reiterate our client’s deep love and total commitment to your client, as both husband and helpmate, and once again reconfirm that, in most cases, he also prefers to communicate via counsel. Yet, despite the possibility of an unpleasant outburst of the kind that occurred during our last “sit-down” conference when, during a heated disagreement, and there’s no need to relitigate the whys and wherefores, your client threw an iPad mini, a crystal vase, and a woman’s shoe with mid-height heel at our client, who ducked — side note: you’ll be happy to know that the stenographer has regained both the eyesight in her remaining eye and on many days the power of speech — despite all of that, we still feel that an in-person discussion must ensue to rebalance the terms of the original and amended agreement(s).

In light of the increased scrutiny our client, the former president, is now required to live under — something he cheerfully agrees to, because of the love etc. he feels for your client and the long legal agreements that bind them together as a “family” — perhaps it is time to rethink the compensation schedule? Perhaps the actual payment terms should be reversed? Just food for thought as we enter a period of intense political activity on the national scene.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Steve

Via electronic mail

The Office of Chelsea Clinton

The Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation

VIA REGISTERED MAIL

Dear Greg and Steve:

Effective immediately, this letter serves as a termination notice for your services to my parents, former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton and former president Bill Clinton.

While my parents have appreciated your many years of counsel and legal representation, they both feel that it is perhaps time to change the nature of their marriage. While they will continue to speak and communicate only via intermediaries, for the duration of the next presidential-election cycle that intermediary will be me. It is our feeling both as a “family unit” and as a Foundation that, in order to project a more wholesome and “normalized” image to the American public, communicating solely via paid legal counsel needs to be rethought. My parents will now express their deeply loving and affectionate feelings for each other through me, in my capacity as a director of the Foundation and as their only daughter.

We remain grateful for your service and discretion.

Please direct your offices to forward all files and documents and contemporaneous notes to my office here at the Foundation. Please forward your remaining unpaid invoices for legal work and counsel to HRH Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Emir of Abu Dhabi, who has agreed to pay these for the Foundation.

Sincerely,

Chelsea Clinton

(dictated but not read)

In This Issue

Articles

Politics & Policy

Still Deranged

In December 2003, Dr. Charles Krauthammer diagnosed a new mental disorder, Bush Derangement Syndrome (BDS), which he defined as “the acute onset of paranoia in otherwise normal people in reaction ...
Politics & Policy

Save the Sequester

The most unheralded achievement of the Republican Congress over the last four years has undoubtedly been the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA), which has shrunk the size of government ...

Features

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

The Seer

One evening in February 1963, inside Firestone Library on the campus of Princeton University, the Christian Gauss Seminar in Criticism was called to order. Authors under discussion included John Dewey, ...
Politics & Policy

Soft Focus

If you think of the movies as an extended banquet served by a range of variously talented chefs — now the burgers-and-fries of a summer action movie, now the complicated ...
City Desk

Shrink Rap

City apartment buildings of a certain vintage have offices for doctors and other helping professionals that open directly onto the sidewalk, so there is no need to go through lobbies ...

Sections

Politics & Policy

Letters

A Grateful Token I am normally a gigantic fan of Kevin D. Williamson, but I must disagree with his characterization of the former NPR show Tell Me More and specifically with ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ Sources at MSNBC say they need a conservative president in office for their ratings to recover. We’re working on it as fast as we can, guys. ‐ Israeli prime minister ...
Athwart

Stuck in Neutral

Did you hear? Scott Walker wanted to prohibit the University of Wisconsin from reporting sexual assaults to the federal government. The news ricocheted around the Internet for a few hours ...
The Long View

A Professional Correspondence

Wilson & Sterling A professional corporation  SUBJ: UNPAID INVOICES I RE: CLINTON/CLINTON CONTINUATION-OF-MARRIAGE AGREEMENT 2000, AND ADDENDA, UPDATED OCTOBER 2014, JANUARY 2015 Dear Steve: Please find attached several unpaid invoices from this office, as representatives ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

READING DOSTOEVSKY It is like loyal marriage to a brilliant sage Who beats you — an unhewn manner, rough and crude; Globs of politics and gossip, theory, glued To bloated schemes of character, page ...

Most Popular

Elections

Biden: Make America Great Again

A promise of economic nationalism, an expensive infrastructure bill that’s really a make-work program, prejudice against foreigners, denunciations of Wall Street — Joe Biden is running the 2016 Trump campaign against Donald Trump in 2020. Joe Biden gave a big economic speech in Pennsylvania yesterday, and ... Read More
Elections

Biden: Make America Great Again

A promise of economic nationalism, an expensive infrastructure bill that’s really a make-work program, prejudice against foreigners, denunciations of Wall Street — Joe Biden is running the 2016 Trump campaign against Donald Trump in 2020. Joe Biden gave a big economic speech in Pennsylvania yesterday, and ... Read More
Culture

No One Is Ever Woke Enough

Closing out the week: The Harper’s letter calling for freedom of expression demonstrates that no one is ever “woke” enough, and that any institution that tries to make peace with the perpetually aggrieved eventually becomes dysfunctional; the value of Hamilton as a litmus test of the limits of cancel ... Read More
Culture

No One Is Ever Woke Enough

Closing out the week: The Harper’s letter calling for freedom of expression demonstrates that no one is ever “woke” enough, and that any institution that tries to make peace with the perpetually aggrieved eventually becomes dysfunctional; the value of Hamilton as a litmus test of the limits of cancel ... Read More

Mel Gibson’s Beastmode

Late-period Mel Gibson is probably the best Mel Gibson; in film after film after film he plays ornery old bastards with such conviction that each successive outing feels like a personal trip to the confessional. He doesn’t need the money anymore, and most of these roles are in indie movies that pay very little ... Read More

Mel Gibson’s Beastmode

Late-period Mel Gibson is probably the best Mel Gibson; in film after film after film he plays ornery old bastards with such conviction that each successive outing feels like a personal trip to the confessional. He doesn’t need the money anymore, and most of these roles are in indie movies that pay very little ... Read More
Culture

Mark Zuckerberg Is Right

Mark Zuckerberg clearly hasn’t gotten the memo. The founder of Facebook persists in defending free expression, even though free speech has fallen decidedly out of fashion. His reward for adhering to what once would have been a commonsensical, if not banal, view of the value of the free exchange of ideas ... Read More
Culture

Mark Zuckerberg Is Right

Mark Zuckerberg clearly hasn’t gotten the memo. The founder of Facebook persists in defending free expression, even though free speech has fallen decidedly out of fashion. His reward for adhering to what once would have been a commonsensical, if not banal, view of the value of the free exchange of ideas ... Read More