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Sarah Sanders set for lucrative lobbying job with firm set up by Bill Clinton’s ‘body man’

Sarah Sanders is in talks to join Teneo, a global consulting firm started by aides to former President Bill Clinton, to advise clients about Donald Trump’s administration.

The former White House press secretary would serve as a contractor as opposed to a full time employee, reported Politico, which cited multiple sources on the matter.

Sanders left the White House at the end of June and returned to her home state of Arkansas where there is talk she’s considering a run for governor – speculation fueled by Trump himself who touted how great she would be at the job when she left his administration.

Sanders has also signed on as a commentator for Fox News

Sanders recently revealed a personal website that prompts visitors to 'stay in touch,' by signing up to receive email updates

Sanders recently revealed a personal website that prompts visitors to ‘stay in touch,’ by signing up to receive email updates

She’s given some hints about her next move. 

She launched a personal website on Monday – a sleek site that touts her relationship with Trump and prompts visitors to ‘stay in touch’ by signing up for email alerts.

Her bio on that site – in addition to touting her work in Trump’s administration – notes she ‘advises major companies and non-profits.’ 

Sanders also signed on to Fox News to become a contributor with the network beginning in September. During her tenure with the administration, Sanders would often appear on Fox News and Fox Business Network to defend the president and his policies.

The new gig will keep Sanders in the public eye and on Trump’s television – the president is a frequent viewer of Fox News. 

Joining Teneo would allow companies to hire someone with experience working with Trump without actually having to hire a former member of his administration. 

Teneo was founded in 2011 by Bill Clinton’s former personal aide Doug Band; Declan Kelly, who worked in Hillary Clinton’s State Department; and businessman Paul Keary. 

The firm works ‘exclusively with the CEOs and senior executives of the world’s leading companies’ to provide ‘strategic counsel across their full range of key objectives and issues,’ it says on its website.

Its clients include Dow Chemical, Coca-Cola, Weight Watchers, Delta and GE. 

Teneo is based in New York City but has offices in 17 locations around the world and over 800 employees. 

Sanders is said to be considering joining the group – which has been building up its Republican resources – after she argued from the White House podium the president had drained the swamp: a Washington D.C. term to describe the cozy relationship between paid lobbyists and members of the government.

Doug Band was Clinton's body man in the White House and later helped him establish the Clinton Foundation before he co-founded Teneo. He now lives in New York, where he posed in February 2007 photo with Ghislaine Maxwell, the woman reported to act as a 'madam' for pedophile Jeffrey Epstein

Doug Band was Clinton’s body man in the White House and later helped him establish the Clinton Foundation before he co-founded Teneo. He now lives in New York, where he posed in February 2007 photo with Ghislaine Maxwell, the woman reported to act as a ‘madam’ for pedophile Jeffrey Epstein

Band had a falling out with Chelsea Clinton - seen here in July shortly after giving birth to her third child - over his work with the firm and for the Clintons

Band had a falling out with Chelsea Clinton – seen here in July shortly after giving birth to her third child – over his work with the firm and for the Clintons

Her comments came in May 2018 when it was revealed attorney Michael Cohen – who was Trump’s former personal lawyer – failed to influence the president on policy for major companies like AT&T when he set up a lobbying firm.

‘I think this further proves that the president is not going to be influenced by special interests. This is actually the definition of draining the swamp,’ Sanders said at the daily White House press briefing. 

Sanders would not be the only Trump alum to be employe at Teneo should she take the gig.

Jason Miller, who was a spokesperson for Trump’s campaign, also worked for Teneo.

Miller was on tap to be the president’s communications director but had his political career derailed over the revelation he had an extra-martial affair with a campaign staffer, who later bore his son.

But Miller left the company in June after he went on a four-letter twitter rant against Democratic Congressman Jerry Nadler, calling him a ‘fat f***.’ 

Miller’s tirade came after Nadler’s House Judiciary Committee questioned former White House communications director Hope Hicks behind closed doors about her time in the administration.

Former Trump campaign spokesman Jason Miller worked for Teneo but quit after he went on a four-letter twitter tirade against Rep. Jerry Nadler

Former Trump campaign spokesman Jason Miller worked for Teneo but quit after he went on a four-letter twitter tirade against Rep. Jerry Nadler

Hicks and Miller worked together on Trump’s campaign and became close friends. Miller removed the tweets and later deleted his account. 

Teneo is heavy on Democratic insiders. 

Band, the co-founder of the firm, was Clinton’s ‘body-man’ during the latter part of his White House tenure.

He joined the former president in his post-White House endeavors, including helping him establish the Clinton Foundation.

He co-founded Teneo in June 2011 and, later that same year, had a falling out with Chelsea Clinton, who accused Band of having conflicts of interest between his work at the Clinton Foundation and his new firm. 

Band left the Clinton team the next year.

But he maintained ties to them. 

Teneo hired Hillary Clinton aide Human Abedin to do consulting work for the firm while she worked with Clinton at the State Department – an arrangement that raised eyebrows.

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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