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Clinton Aide Sought Diplomatic Passport to Rescue Americans in NKorea

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Douglas J. Band with former President Bill Clinton (Getty)

By    |   Thursday, 01 Sep 2016 08:59 PM

Judicial Watch Thursday released more than 500 pages of new State Department documents from Hillary Clinton's years as secretary of state, including those from 2009 showing a top Clinton Foundation executive lobbying aide Huma Abedin for a diplomatic passport.

"Need get me/ justy and jd dip passports," the foundation official, Douglas J. Band, wrote Abedin in an email from July 27, 2009. "We had them years ago but they lapsed and we didn’t bother getting them."

"Ok will figure it out," Abedin responded minutes later.

Band's associate was not immediately clear from the emails.

The Judicial Watch trove, numbering 510 pages, included 37 exchanges by Hillary Clinton that had not been turned over to the State Department during the investigation of her private email use.

So far, the watchdog group has uncovered 228 emails that were not part of the 55,000 originally handed over by the former secretary of state from her private server last year.

Band's request also included Justin Cooper, who also worked for former President Bill Clinton and for the foundation.

Band and Cooper joined President Clinton as special emissaries to the United States in the administration's effort to free two American journalists from North Korea in August 2009.

Band had a key behind-the-scenes role in the freeing of Euna Lee and Laura Ling, who worked for the now-defunct Current TV cable network.

President Clinton widely praised Band for his efforts.

In the Clinton administration, Band served in the White House Counsel's office, becoming a special assistant to the president.

He was later tapped as deputy assistant to the president, becoming one of the youngest ever appointed to that position. Band is now 43.

When President Clinton left office, Band served as the president's aide and organized the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) — a key project of the Clinton Foundation.

Since its inception in 1997, the Clinton Foundation has raised more than $2 billion for initiatives focused on global health, climate change, economic development and increasing opportunities for women and girls.

The Judicial Watch emails released Thursday do not make clear whether Band's request was granted.

The State Department declined to comment on the Band request specifically, referring The Hill to its regulations on issuing diplomatic passports.

"Diplomatic passports are issued to foreign-service officers or a person having diplomatic or comparable status because he or she is traveling abroad to carry out diplomatic duties on behalf of the U.S. Government," the official told the Hill.

"Any individuals who do not have this status are not issued diplomatic passports. Even when issued, diplomatic passports are only given enough validity to facilitate a bearer’s travel while in such status. After that, the passport expires.

"The staff of former presidents are not included among those eligible to be issued a diplomatic passport," according to the official.

President Clinton, 70, has lauded Band for his work since leaving office in 2001.

"I couldn't have accomplished half of what I have in my post-presidency without him," Clinton has said. "I couldn't get through the day without him. Doug has been the key to helping me realize my visions to create a forum to inspire and engage people from all walks of life to give of themselves in order to improve our world and help others."

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Judicial Watch Thursday released more than 500 pages of new State Department documents from Hillary Clinton's years as secretary of state, including those from 2009 showing a top Clinton Foundation executive lobbying aide Huma Abedin for a diplomatic passport. Need get me/...
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