As noted above, this week the State Department Office of Inspector General report confirms
that the State Department under Hillary Clinton knowingly violated the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by hiding Hillary Clinton’s emails and the emails of her top staff — including Cheryl Mills. What was the Clinton gang trying to hide?
Well, this week we alerted the world to new State Department emails in which then-Clinton Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills quickly moves past condolences over the slaying of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens to focus her attention on the design of her private company’s logo by a prominent international advertising firm — GSD&M. Incredibly, these emails were written 24 hours after the Benghazi terrorist attacks!
Once again, it was Judicial Watch’s Freedom of Information (FOIA) litigation against the State Department that forced Mills and other Clinton aides to turn over emails from the non-State.gov accounts they improperly used to conduct government business.
The emails, obtained under a court order in a JW lawsuit, reference the logo design for the “cdmillsGroup,” a private company set up by Mills on Jan. 3, 2013, a month before she left her job at the State Department.
The Mills “cdmillsGroup” logo discussion includes another government employee, Jean-Louis Warnholz, then-State Department senior advisor to Hillary Clinton. (Warnholz would go on to be a business partner with Mills in another company.)
The Judicial Watch lawsuit was filed on Sept. 4, 2014, seeking:
- All records related to notes, updates, or reports created in response to the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
- This request includes, but is not limited to, notes taken by then Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton or employees of the Office of the Secretary of State during the attack and its immediate aftermath.
Separate Judicial Watch FOIA litigation uncovered documents that show that Cheryl Mills used the cdmillsGroup to represent Hillary Clinton in communications with the State Department about Mrs. Clinton’s separate email system.
The cdmillsGroup is apparently still in business. The Hillary For America campaign’s September 3 FEC disbursement report lists a $28,500 payment to the “CdmillsGroup LLC.”
I’ve previously reported to you about documents we released revealing that between 2009 and 2011 former President Clinton spoke to more than two dozen leading international investment firms and banking institutions, many of them on more than one occasion. At least one of the documents shows that Mills used a non-governmental email account for the Clinton ethics reviews.
Mills reportedly negotiated the “ethics agreement” on behalf of the Clintons and the Foundation that required the Clintons to submit to rigorous conflict-of-interest checks.
Despite this, and in apparent violation of Obama administration ethics rules, the documents reveal that Bill Clinton’s requests for speaking engagement approval were invariably copied to Mills, who was involved in ethics reviews as chief of staff for Mrs. Clinton at the State Department.
The Washington Post
reported that Mills was unpaid for her first few months at the State Department and “officially designated as a temporary expert-consultant — a status that allowed her to continue to collect outside income while serving as chief of staff.” (In fact, we just filed a FOIA lawsuit for the ethics and employment records of Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin, another longtime and ethically challenged Clinton aide.)
These new Benghazi emails are almost obscene. That Hillary Clinton aide and confidante Cheryl Mills was focused on the font for the logo of her new company — as our Benghazi facility was still smoldering — is unconscionable.
And it is no coincidence that Mills used her new business to help Hillary Clinton cover up her email scandal.
Thankfully, Fox News and other media outlets covered our latest find. We expect more emails on Benghazi next week, so stay tuned.
Tom Fitton is the president of Judicial Watch. He is a nationally recognized expert on government corruption. A former talk radio and television host and analyst, Tom is well known across the country as a national spokesperson for the conservative cause. He has been quoted in Time, Vanity Fair, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and most every other major newspaper in the country. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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