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Email of Two of Hillary's Aides May Also Come Under Scrutiny

By    |   Monday, 16 Mar 2015 10:41 AM

Two of Hillary Clinton's closest advisers, chief of staff Cheryl Mills and her personal aide Huma Abedin, had email addresses on the same secret server their boss used, leading congressional investigators to become interested in the messages they were sending.

Mills and Abedin go back years with the former secretary of state, reports The National Review. Abedin was hired in 2012 as a "special government employee," which allowed her to hold down private-sector jobs that included work with the Clinton Foundation.

Mills, 49, served as deputy general counsel for President Bill Clinton's transition team before he took office in 1993. Since then, the Stanford Law graduate became one of two of the president's deputy counsels, and was one of the top attorneys representing him during his impeachment trial in 1999.

And since that time, Mills has become one of Hillary Clinton's most loyal aides, including during the modern-day email controversy. Further, there are former officials who accuse her of being sure of keeping the deadly 2012 Benghazi terror attack from impacting Clinton's future.

Last year, former Deputy Assistant Secretary Raymond Maxwell told then-investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson that he saw Mills come in while departmental employees separating out damaging documents on the Benghazi investigation before handing them over to the Accountability Review Board,

Maxwell was in charge of the State Department's Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the time and was in charge of collecting emails and documents related to the probe of the attack.

Maxwell said, when he stumbled upon the operation that was going on in a "basement operations-type center at State Department headquarters in Washington," he questioned the director in charge if it was unethical, to which she responded "those are our orders."

Minutes later, Mills and Deputy Chief of Staff Jake Sullivan entered the room, Maxwell told Attkisson, and snapped "who are you," and then said it would be OK for him to stay when she found out who he was.

Emails obtained by Judicial Watch also show Mills was the one who told State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland to quit answering questions about Benghazi.

Further, Gregory Hicks, then-acting deputy chief of mission in Benghazi, said Mills reprimanded him for speaking with congressional investigators, and later was demoted and brought back to the United States.

But Mills' work to contain potential scandals goes back to the 1990s, when she and two other White House lawyers urged President Clinton to allow the release of the private government records of Kathleen Willey, who accused him of assaulting her.

Mills was almost implicated in another Clinton email scandal, when Judicial Watch found in 2000 that the administration had withheld 1.8 million emails. White House computer contractor said the White House told her to keep the emails secret, and threatened to fire her, and Mills later admitted she knew about the emails.

Sonya Gilliam, who in the 1990s handled Freedom of Information requests from the Commerce Department, said her superiors told her document production was delayed on orders that it be coordinated with Mills in a case involving whether trade mission seats were tied to Clinton's 1996 re election campaign fundraising.

She told The National Review that her "stomach dropped" when she learned that Mills is alleged to have helped conceal documents on Benghazi.

"My stomach dropped," she said. "Here we are, 14 or 15 years later, [and] Cheryl Mills is still in charge of ‘document production’ [for the Clintons] — I’ll use that term loosely."

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Two of Hillary Clinton's closest advisers, chief of staff Cheryl Mills and her personal aide Huma Abedin, had email addresses on the same secret server their boss used, leading congressional investigators to become interested in the messages they were sending.
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