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    JUDICIAL WATCH: NEW ABEDIN EMAILS REVEAL TOP CLINTON FOUNDATION EXECUTIVE DOUG BAND S

    JUDICIAL WATCH: NEW ABEDIN EMAILS REVEAL TOP CLINTON FOUNDATION EXECUTIVE DOUG BAND SOUGHT DIPLOMATIC PASSPORT FROM CLINTON STATE DEPARTMENT



    SEPTEMBER 01, 2016


    Abedin responded to Band request: ‘Ok will figure it out’
    Emails also reveal Bill Clinton/Doug Band Sought State Department Favors for Foundation Supporters Andrew Liveris, Chris Ruddy, and Lynn de Rothschild

    (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today released 510 pages of new State Department documents, including a 2009 request by Clinton Foundation executive Doug Band for diplomatic passports for himself and an associate.

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s aide Abedin responded to Band’s request positively, saying, “Ok will figure it out.” The emails show Hillary Clinton forwarding classified information to Abedin’s unsecured, non-state.gov account.

    The emails also show Bill Clinton sought a meeting with Mrs. Clinton for a major Clinton donor with State Department officials and Hillary Clinton herself pushed for a joint event with the Clinton Global Initiative. Band also pushed for and obtained special help from Abedin for seven-figure Clinton Foundation donor Chris Ruddy, of Newsmax.com.

    Although an exchange sent from Sidney Blumenthal to Hillary Clinton concerning the “disastrous nature of the Obama trip” and the U.S. being “totally out of the loop in Berlin – no ambassador” with the expectation that “Germans and Russians will now cut their own separate deals on energy, regional security, etc….” had previously published by the State Department, it was unknown until now that Clinton forwarded this exchange containing classified information that was redacted for security reasons to Abedin’s unsecure non-state.gov account

    The new documents included 37 Hillary Clinton email exchanges not previously turned over to the State Department, bringing the known total to date of such emails uncovered by Judicial Watch to 228 of new Clinton emails (not part of the 55,000 pages of emails that Clinton turned over to the State Department). These records further appear to contradict statements by Clinton that, “as far as she knew,” all of her government emails were turned over to the State Department.

    The Band request was for a special diplomatic passport for himself and his associates – an unidentified “JD” and apparently Justin Cooper, formerly a key member of Bill Clinton’s personal office and the Clinton Foundation who has been linked to registration documents for and the shutting down of the email server at the center of Mrs. Clinton’s State Department emails controversy.

    The Band-Abedin exchange went as follows:

    From
    : Doug Band
    To: Huma Abedin
    Sent: Jul 27, 2009 10:32 AM
    Subject:
    Need get me/ justy and jd dip passports
    We had them years ago but they lapsed and we didn’t bother getting them

    From
    : Huma Abedin [Huma@clintonemail.com]
    Sent: Monday, July 27, 2009 10:38:39 PM
    To: Doug Band
    Subject: Re:
    Ok will figure it out

    The U.S. Code of Federal Regulations strictly limits the granting of diplomatic passports to members of the Foreign Service, their family members, or those working on U.S. government contracts. According to 22 CFR 51.3:

    A diplomatic passport is issued to a Foreign Service officer or to a person having diplomatic status or comparable status because he or she is traveling abroad to carry out diplomatic duties on behalf of the U.S. Government. When authorized by the Department, spouses and family members of such persons may be issued diplomatic passports. When authorized by the Department, a diplomatic passport may be issued to a U.S. Government contractor if the contractor meets the eligibility requirements for a diplomatic passport and the diplomatic passport is necessary to complete his or her mission.

    The newly released Abedin emails also contain additional instances of the Clinton State Department’s granting special favors to major contributors to the Clinton Foundation. A July 27, 2009, exchange of emails begins with Abedin advising Clinton scheduler Lona Valmoro that “wjc” (William Jefferson Clinton) wants special treatment for high-dollar Foundation donor and Dow Chemical’s CEO Andrew Liveris. Dow donated between $1 million and $5 million to the Clinton Foundation, making it one of the largest corporate donors in Foundation history.

    From
    : Huma Abedin Huma@clintonemail.com
    To: Valmoro, Lona J
    Sent: Monday, Jul 27 06:02:01 2009
    Subject:
    Wjc wants to be sure hrc sees Andrew Liveris, ceo of dow tomorrow night. Apparently he is head of us china business council. Is he definitely going to be there?

    From
    : Valmoro, Lona J [VlamoroLJ@state.gov
    Sent: July 27, 2009 6:03:54 AM
    To: Huma Abedin
    Subject: Re:
    I will check. He declined our invitation to dinner tonight at State.

    From
    : Valmoro, Lona J
    Sent: Monday, July 27, 2009 9:24:08 AM
    To: Huma Abedin; Narain, Paul F [Clinton aide]
    Subject: Re: CEO of dow
    Paul, Andrew Leveris, CEO of Dow Chemical, is going to be at the dinner tomorrow night. We would like HRC to see him, perhaps they can do a brief pull aside upon arrival. Huma, would that work for you?

    From
    : Huma Abedin [AbedinH@state.gov]
    Sent: Monday, July 27, 2009 9:24:55 AM
    To: Valmoro, Lona J, Huma Abedin, Narain, Paul F
    Subject: Re: CEO of dow
    Yes pull aside on arrival

    From
    : Narain, Paul F
    Sent, Monday, July 27, 2009 7:56 PM
    To: Valmoro, Lona, Abedin Huma
    Subject: RE: CEO of dow
    Lona, I have arranged this pull aside for on the arrival in the Hold Room across the hall from the ballroom, immediately prior to the Secretary’s entrance and remarks.

    The Abedin emails include a mid-August 2009, email exchange in which Band urges Abedin to follow up on a request from Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy to set up a meeting with then-Ambassador to Panama Barbara Stephenson on behalf of lobbyist Amb. Otto Reich, President Reagan’s ambassador to Venezuela who maintained high-level government positions during the tenure of both President George H.W. Bush and President George Bush. In early September, Ruddy then was contacted by State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Roberta S. Jacobson, at the behest of Band and Abedin, in reference to Ruddy’s concerns about Wilson Lucom, whose estate was embroiled in a heated multi-million-dollar lawsuit. Ruddy’s Newsmax Media Inc, made a contribution to the Clinton Foundation of between $1 million and $5 million. The emails show the responsible official was put in contact with Ruddy.

    From
    : Christopher [Redacted]
    To: Doug Band [Redacted]
    Sent: Mon Aug 17 3:40:56 2009
    Subject: Panama
    Otto Reich is arriving in Panama tonite on the matter I discussed. He was hoping to meet with Barbara Stephenson or her Charge this week. He has not heard back from her. Any “air’ support you can give for this meeting would be helpful. Thanks! – Christopher Ruddy

    From
    : Doug Band
    To: Huma Abedin
    Sent: Aug 18, 2009 10:37 PM
    Subject: Fw: Panama
    Would be good to do quickly.
    Even a call

    From
    : Huma Abedin
    To: Doug Band
    Sent: Wed Aug 19 4:51:35 2009
    Subject: Re: Panama
    Both of our point people are out on vacation. I can ask someone junior to deal with this?

    From
    : Doug Band
    Sent: Wednesday, August 19, 2009 5:20:13 PM
    To: Huma Abedin
    Subject: Re: Panama
    Sure

    From:
    Jacobson, Roberta S
    Sent: Friday, September 04, 2009 7:32 AM
    To: ruddy [Redacted]
    Subject: Panama case
    Mr. Ruddy: Your inquiry about the Lucom case has been passed to the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs here at State. I apologize for not getting you a response on our position last evening, but we will get back to you as soon as possible today. Many thanks. Roberta Jacobson.

    From:
    Christopher Ruddy
    To: dband
    Sent: Fri Sep 04, 08:01:20 2009 7:32 AM
    Subject: FW: Panama case

    From:
    Doug Band
    To: Huma Abedin
    Sent: Fri Sep 04 08:18:43 2009
    Subject: Fw: Panama case

    From:
    Huma Abedin
    Sent: Friday, September 04, 2009 8:37:21 AM
    To: Doug Band
    Subject: Re: Panama case
    She’s the dep assistant secretary for the whole bureau.
    The Panama desk guy is on leave so I asked that she at least reach out.

    (Newsmax publishes a regular Judicial Watch column.)

    The new Abedin emails also include an email exchange between Sidney Blumenthal and the then-Secretary of State in which Blumenthal proposes a Clinton Global Initiative meeting in Ireland. Hillary Clinton forwarded Blumenthal’s email to Abedin, Cheryl Mills, and Doug Band saying, “I think this is a good idea and see no conflict.” Band then responded that he and Bill Clinton think it is as “great idea.”

    Again, Hillary Clinton’s involvement in CGI violates her ethics pledge to stay of out of Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative business. Secretary of State-designate Hillary Clinton on January 5, 2009, in a letter to State Department Designated Agency Ethics Official James H. Thessin:

    “For the duration of my appointment as Secretary if I am confirmed, I will not participate personally and substantially in any particular matter involving specific parties in which The William J. Clinton Foundation (or the Clinton Global Initiative) is a party or represents a party….”

    In an email exchange in late August 2009, billionaire businesswoman Lynn Forester de Rothschild intervened directly with then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to set up a Parade magazine interview for journalist Les Gelb, assuring Clinton, “He said he would give you a veto over content and looked me in the eye and said, ‘she will like it.’” Abedin then instructed State Department aide Phillip Reines. Reines acquiesced responding, “Yes, we’re trying to find a date that works for Les, but he is a little, shall we say, picky.” Rothschild is a longtime Clinton Foundation supporter who in mid-May of this year held a $100,000-a-plate fundraiser for the presidential candidate.

    Also in the documents is an August 2009 communication from Hillary Clinton to her aides Abedin and Lauren Jiloty asking for the phone numbers of Declan Kelly, Clinton’s former economic envoy to Northern Ireland who is co-founder and CEO of Teneo.

    “The idea that the State Department would even consider a diplomatic passport for Clinton Foundation executives is beyond belief,” stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “These emails show various violations of national security laws and ethics rules and further confirm that Hillary and Bill Clinton are personally implicated in the Clinton Foundation pay to play scandal.”

    This is the eleventh set of records produced for Judicial Watch by the State Department from the non-state.gov email accounts of Huma Abedin. The documents were produced under a court order in a May 5, 2015, Freedom of Information (FOIA) lawsuit against the State Department (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:15-cv-00684)) requiring the agency to produce “all emails of official State Department business received or sent by former Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin from January 1, 2009 through February 1, 2013, using a ‘non-state’.gov email address.”

    On August 22, Judicial Watch released 725 pages of new State Department documents, including previously unreleased email exchanges in which Hillary Clinton top aide Huma Abedin provided influential Clinton Foundation donors special, expedited access to the secretary of state. In many instances, the preferential treatment provided to donors was at the specific request of Clinton Foundation executive Douglas Band.

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    Secretary of State-designate Hillary Clinton on January 5, 2009, in a letter to State Department Designated Agency Ethics Official James H. Thessin:

    “For the duration of my appointment as Secretary if I am confirmed, I will not participate personally and substantially in any particular matter involving specific parties in which The William J. Clinton Foundation (or the Clinton Global Initiative) is a party or represents a party….”
    She & bill have no scruples at all; her words, pledges mean nothing. It was already leaked that many a day her entire crew were working on fdtn business with letterheads etc all @ the work offices.

    Rules do not apply to the clintons - bill was a major maneuverer in the mis-use. He also had to know it was wrong to do fdtn business on State Dept time and use privileges available to SOS.

    If they get in the wh again, there is no turning back the devastation that will follow. Don't know how anyone aware of all this profiteering for favors, emailing of classified info like there are no hackers in the world, her blatant consistent lying, could vote for her.
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    More on Mr Band...

    PRESIDENTIAL CONNECTION
    How Bill Clinton's Aide
    Facilitated a Messy Deal


    By JOHN R. EMSHWILLER and GABRIEL KAHN
    September 26, 2007

    For the past six years, the road to Bill Clinton has often run through Douglas Band, a 34-year-old former White House intern who has helped manage Mr. Clinton's time, accompanied him around the world and even fielded some of his calls.

    Two years ago, Mr. Band befriended a handsome and charming Italian businessman named Raffaello Follieri. The young Italian, now 29 years old, had moved to New York in 2003 to launch a business buying and redeveloping Roman Catholic Church properties. He claimed close ties with Vatican officials that would smooth the way for deals, according to business associates and material issued by his company, Follieri Group LLC. He also said he could help Mr. Clinton's wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, with Catholic voters during her presidential campaign, people in the Clinton camp recall.

    As a gatekeeper to the former president's web of business and charitable enterprises, Mr. Band helped Mr. Follieri get into business with Mr. Clinton, according to people involved with the three men. In 2005, Yucaipa Cos., a Los Angeles investment firm where Mr. Clinton has been a partner and a senior adviser, agreed to invest up to $100 million in Mr. Follieri's church-property venture.
    Later, Mr. Band helped Mr. Follieri secure several million dollars more from Michael Cooper, a Toronto real-estate executive and supporter of Mr. Clinton's humanitarian initiatives. Mr. Band received $400,000 from Mr. Follieri for arranging that deal. Mr. Band's connection to Mr. Follieri was reported in Il Sole/24 Ore, an Italian newspaper.

    These days, the Clinton camp's relations with Mr. Follieri are in tatters. Yucaipa managing partner Ron Burkle, Mr. Clinton's longtime friend, has sued Mr. Follieri in Delaware state court for allegedly misappropriating at least $1.3 million. The lawsuit claims Mr. Follieri used Yucaipa's investment money to fund a lavish lifestyle that included a Manhattan penthouse, five-star meals and private jets for Mr. Follieri and his girlfriend, actress Anne Hathaway. Mr. Follieri has denied any wrongdoing. Mr. Cooper has demanded his money back.
    Since leaving the White House, Mr. Clinton has earned more than $40 million giving speeches, has raised billions of dollars for his own charitable foundation and other causes, and has entered into business relationships with Mr. Burkle and others. Today, heads of state, business leaders and other notables will gather in New York for the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, an organization that obtains charitable pledges from various sources.

    Mrs. Clinton's presidential run is likely to draw scrutiny of her husband's recent activities. Jay Carson, Mr. Clinton's spokesman, said in June that while the former president had met Mr. Follieri a few times, "he obviously meets hundreds of people every day, and does not know him well."


    His aide Mr. Band referred questions about the Italian businessman to Mr. Carson. In written responses, Mr. Carson said Mr. Band "became friendly" with Mr. Follieri, who "explained to Doug and others his unique business opportunity" for buying Catholic Church properties. "Doug and others made introductions for Raffaello." He added that Mr. Band didn't keep the $400,000 sent him by Mr. Follieri for arranging Mr. Cooper's investment.

    Mr. Follieri declined to discuss his dealings with Mr. Band.

    Mr. Band, a Florida native, joined the Clinton administration as an intern in 1995 and rose to become the president's personal aide. In 1998, he was interviewed by investigators for independent counsel Kenneth Starr, who were looking into Mr. Clinton's relationship with Monica Lewinsky. Mr. Band told them he got to know Ms. Lewinsky at the White House and, at her request, had accompanied her to the 1995 White House ball, according to an interview memorandum prepared by investigators.


    When Mr. Clinton left office in 2001, Mr. Band stayed with him. Without his young aide, Mr. Clinton said in a 2003 speech, "I could not get through the day." Adds one longtime Clinton associate: "When Doug calls up, it's like having the president call up."

    As he embarked on his post-presidency life, Mr. Clinton and his wife had relatively few assets and millions of dollars in legal bills. Over the next half decade, he hopscotched the globe, often with Mr. Band at his side, giving speeches at up to $450,000 a pop. He raised large sums for his library and his foundation and snagged nearly $10 billion in commitments through the Clinton Global Initiative.
    To help keep Mr. Band from accepting job offers in the private sector, arrangements were made to supplement his income, people familiar with the matter say. Mr. Burkle's Yucaipa operation, for example, paid Mr. Band through a company called SGRD, these people say. In 2001, Mr. Band and a family member set up two entities in Florida using the SGRD name, public records indicate. Mr. Clinton's spokesman didn't respond to questions about Mr. Band's financial relationships, other than the one with Mr. Follieri.

    When Mr. Follieri arrived in Manhattan in 2003, he had big ambitions. Citing the changing demographics of many U.S. Catholic dioceses and the litigation costs of the church's sex-abuse scandals, he told potential investors that the church needed to sell lots of property. Buying such properties and redeveloping them could help both the church and urban communities where many of properties were located -- and would produce tidy profits for investors, according to Follieri Group marketing material and presentations.

    A résumé posted on the company's Web site says that while Mr. Follieri was attending the University of Rome in the late 1990s, he founded a cosmetics company called Beauty Planet that attained "tremendous success" and licensed a line of products to "an internationally renowned hairstylist." Beauty Planet financial records on file in Italy indicate that the firm was small and had three straight years of losses, although Mr. Follieri has told people the company was ultimately profitable.

    Mr. Follieri's résumé also says he worked as executive vice president of EFFE Holdings, "a London based, privately held investment firm" that "purchases large real estate packages from government holdings in Europe and the Middle East" and "is also active in oil trading as well as gold and diamond mining," with "mining operations in Gambia, Senegal and Angola." British public records show an EFFE Holding Ltd., with Mr. Follieri listed as a director, was formed in 2002 and dissolved two years later. (Mr. Follieri has told people there also is an EFFE entity in Luxembourg involved in those activities.)

    Mr. Follieri's father, Pasquale, is president of the Follieri Group. In 2005, he was convicted in an Italian court of misappropriating more than $300,000 from a failed resort company whose assets he had been charged with overseeing. He has denied wrongdoing and has appealed the conviction.

    By early 2005, Mr. Follieri was cropping up in New York tabloids as the boyfriend of Ms. Hathaway, a rising Hollywood star whose movie credits include "The Princess Diaries," "The Devil Wears Prada" and "Becoming Jane." The 24-year-old actress sits on the board of the Follieri Foundation, a charitable entity that Mr. Follieri started. Although she was mentioned in Mr. Burkle's lawsuit against Mr. Follieri, she isn't a defendant. In a statement earlier this year, Ms. Hathaway's spokesman said she has "faith the court system will sort this out."

    Mr. Follieri was introduced to Mr. Band by a mutual acquaintance in the spring of 2005. The two "met and spoke frequently" and socialized, says Mr. Carson, Mr. Clinton's spokesman, adding that Mr. Band had such regular contact with many people.

    One of the introductions Mr. Band provided was to Mr. Burkle, and in mid-2005, Mr. Follieri struck his deal with the investor. A Yucaipa partnership where Mr. Clinton served as a senior adviser formed a joint venture with the Follieri Group. Yucaipa agreed to invest as much as $100 million into the venture to buy church properties for redevelopment as mixed-income housing units, community centers and retirement facilities, among other things.

    Mr. Follieri moved his business operation into leased office space on Park Avenue. He employed Filipino nuns as receptionists and installed a small altar in one room, according to people who visited the office. He began renting an "extremely costly" penthouse, complete with a staff that included an executive chef, the Yucaipa lawsuit says. Although it was supposed to be for the joint venture, Mr. Follieri moved his personal effects there and appeared to take up residence, the suit says. A spokesman for Mr. Follieri says the Italian's residence in the $40,000-a-month penthouse "has nothing to do with Yucaipa."

    The Follieri Foundation pledged $1 million to vaccinate Honduran children against hepatitis. At last year's annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, Mr. Follieri was individually called on stage for a personal thank you from Mr. Clinton.

    Mr. Follieri's connection to the Clinton camp opened horizons outside of the U.S. Being honored by the former president "adds credibility" to a person, says a spokeswoman for Bahrain's Economic Development Board, whose chief executive, Sheik Mohammed bin Essa Al-Khalifa, met Mr. Follieri through the Clinton Global Initiative. Mr. Follieri subsequently visited Bahrain seeking investment dollars, but he didn't leave with a deal. His Clinton ties also helped get him a meeting in São Paulo with former Brazilian president Fernando Henrique Cardoso, part of an effort to find additional investors, people familiar with the meeting say.

    Mr. Follieri also approached Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim, by some calculations the world's richest man, who has been a major supporter of Clinton humanitarian efforts. In July 2005, Messrs. Follieri, Burkle and Band visited Mr. Slim on his yacht in the Sea of Cortez for an afternoon of chatting and jet skiing, according to people involved in the trip. There were subsequent communications about a possible joint Latin American real-estate venture, but no deal was closed, these people say.

    On occasion, Mr. Follieri socialized with the Clintons. In his recently published autobiography, Terry McAuliffe, a Democratic Party leader who is now chairman of Sen. Clinton's presidential campaign, includes a group photo from a January 2006 party in the Dominican Republic resort of Punta Cana. It shows Mr. and Mrs. McAuliffe, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Ms. Hathaway and Mr. Follieri. The former president has his arm over the young Italian's shoulder. Tracy Sefl, a spokeswoman for Mr. McAuliffe, says the photo was taken at a dinner party at the home of designer Oscar de la Renta. Messrs. McAuliffe and Follieri shook hands and said hello, their first and only conversation, Ms. Sefl says.

    In the spring of 2006, Mr. Cooper, the chief executive of Toronto-based Dundee Realty Corp., who this summer accompanied Mr. Clinton through Africa, agreed to put several million dollars into a joint venture with Mr. Follieri to purchase Catholic Church properties in Canada. Mr. Clinton's spokesman, Mr. Carson, says Mr. Band received a $400,000 "finder's fee" from Mr. Follieri for helping introduce the two men. Mr. Carson says Mr. Follieri "offered" the money. Another person familiar with the payment says Mr. Band requested it.

    Mr. Band didn't keep the money, Mr. Carson says. He gave half to another person who helped bring the two businessmen together, and half to Mr. Cooper himself, according to Mr. Carson. Mr. Cooper agrees with that account. Mr. Follieri declined to comment on the payment.

    Mr. Cooper recently demanded that Mr. Follieri return the millions of dollars he had put into the venture on the grounds that Mr. Follieri hadn't found any suitable properties to buy, according to two people involved in the transaction. Mr. Cooper declines to go into details about his venture with Mr. Follieri, citing "potential litigation."

    Mr. Follieri's spokesman says numerous properties were offered to Mr. Cooper's operation, but it failed to act. Mr. Follieri believes he held up his end of the bargain and doesn't owe any money back, the spokesman says.

    Mr. Follieri's joint venture with Yucaipa spent about $50 million for about 10 properties, including two former churches in Philadelphia and vacant church land outside of Chicago. But Mr. Burkle came to believe that Mr. Follieri was misusing Yucaipa funds to finance a lavish lifestyle.

    In May, Yucaipa filed a lawsuit accusing Mr. Follieri of "systematically misappropriating" at least $1.3 million to fund personal expenses and activities of the Follieri Foundation. In a written response at the time of the suit, Mr. Follieri denied wrongdoing and countered that Mr. Burkle blocked efforts to develop the purchased properties. The two sides are now engaged in settlement talks.

    Mr. Follieri's discussions with Mr. Band extended beyond real estate. Two people with ties to the Clintons say Mr. Follieri's offer to help Sen. Clinton win over Catholic voters in the presidential race might have helped the young Italian win support from Mr. Band and others for his real-estate business.
    "Follieri spoke to Doug about how he could use his Catholic Church relationships/authorization to help Hillary in her presidential bid," said Mr. Clinton's spokesman, Mr. Carson, in an email. "Similar to Doug's reactions to many of Follieri's other ideas, Doug was polite, may have appeared responsive, but did not pursue it." Mr. Follieri's offer, he added, "had no impact or relation to Doug introducing Raffaello to others."

    One person in the Follieri camp says the request for campaign help came from the Clinton side. The Burkle lawsuit closed off those discussions, this person says.

    Mr. Follieri's Vatican connections remain something of a puzzle. Andrea Sodano, a consultant to the Follieri Group, is the nephew of Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the Vatican's secretary of state until last year. Cardinal Sodano, Archbishop Celestino Migliore, the Vatican's United Nations representative, and three other "reputable" people contacted Mr. Band to vouch for Mr. Follieri, Mr. Carson says. Cardinal Sodano's personal secretary says the cardinal declines to comment. A spokesman for Archbishop Migliore denies that the U.N. representative ever vouched for Mr. Follieri to the Clinton camp.

    Mr. Follieri is now searching for new investors.
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