Emails Show Major Clinton Foundation Donors Lobbied Huma Abedin for Diplomatic Passports

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Newly released emails show that major Clinton Foundation donors lobbied senior Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin for diplomatic passports.

The emails, published by government watch dog group Judicial Watch, show how longtime Clinton confidant Doug Band asked then-deputy chief of staff at the U.S. Department of State Abedin to assist former aid to President Clinton Justin Cooper in obtaining diplomatic passports for himself and another unnamed party.

“We had them years ago but they lapsed and we didn’t bother getting them,” Band wrote in an email from 2009.

The email was published as part of the Washington D.C.-based transparency group’s ongoing legal probe into the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, which has come under fire recently for allegations that Hillary Clinton used her position as Secretary of State to sell access to major Clinton Foundation donors.

Last month, Abedin emails showed the top Clinton aid working as a conduit between senior Clinton Foundation staffers to furnish favors and special access for the foundation’s donors.

In one June 2009 exchange involving Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain, senior Clinton Foundation official Doug Band sent a message notifying Abedin that the crown prince was visiting the U.S. and wanted a meeting arranged with then-Secretary of State Clinton.

Last month’s release of the previously undisclosed emails, nearly 15,000, further contradicts Clinton’s claim last September that she “provided all of them” to the State Department.

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