DON’T BUY INTO THE NARRATIVE THAT CHERYL MILLS’ TESTIMONY ONLY SHOWED THAT — “NO WORK-RELATED MESSAGES HAD BEEN WITHHELD OR DESTROYED” — SHE WAS IN FRONT OF THE COMMITTEE FOR TEN HOURS
AMONG OTHER THINGS —
SHE GAVE DETAILS ABOUT HOW SOME INFORMATION THAT CAME IN ON SECURE LINES WAS SENT OUT AS E-MAIL MESSAGES ON UN-SECURE SYSTEMS
SHE GAVE SOME DETAILS AS TO HOW THE E-MAILS WERE HANDLED PRIOR TO “WIPING” THE SERVER AT THE DIRECTION OF HILLARY CLINTON
MILLS TESTIMONY ALSO DISCLOSED THAT SHE REVIEWED AND MADE SUGGESTIONS FOR CHANGES TO THE GOVERNMENT’S SUPPOSEDLY “INDEPENDENT” OFFICIAL, FINAL REPORT ON BENGHAZI
ABOUT THE E-MAILSAccording to the report about Mills’ testimony that appeared in Politico — “.... Mills told the Benghazi panel she was not aware if anyone raised red flags about Clinton’s use of a personal email system at State — nor did anyone specifically approve the private server that she knew of, according to the source familiar with her testimony.... Mills said she was not involved in setting up the initial server, nor was she part of the decision to have it stored at Platte River Networks, a small start-up that was reported to have stored servers in a bathroom closet at one point.... Mills was one of several top State officials who forwarded Clinton a number of emails that the intelligence community now believes should have been classified. But she testified that she never knowingly mishandled classified documents.... Messages came to Mills and her colleagues, often from foreign service officers out in the field around the world, on two different computers: one, a classified computer system that was protected and would have prevented the forwarding of any message outside a secure network; the other, an unclassified machine, which would have allowed staff to forward the messages.... In many instances, Mills received messages from the unclassified networks and forwarded them along to Clinton, although some of those messages were deemed classified after the fact.... She also said she never moved emails from a classified to an unclassified system. In an old 2010 email exchange released this week, Jake Sullivan, Clinton’s top policy staffer who will testify before the panel Friday, explained to Clinton that he couldn’t simply pull information off the classified computer and send it over an unsecured network, for example....” ( See “What Cheryl Mills told Benghazi investigators” by Rachael Bade, 9/3/15, Politico [http://www.politico.com/story/2015/09/cheryl-mills-benghazi-testimony-213320]).
Also part of her E-Mail-related testimony, “.... Mills testified, according to [Politico’s] source, that she used work email ‘overwhelmingly’ and almost only used personal email when she was overseas, at home at night or when their State email otherwise didn’t work. The source previewing the testimony also said she copied her State.gov addresses most of the time when she did go for personal email....”
THE HANDLING OF THE E-MAILS PRIOR TO “WIPING” THE SERVERAccording to Politico, Cheryl Mills said that she — “... worked alongside Clinton’s lead lawyer David Kendall of Williams & Connolly to oversee the process whereby they selected which emails should be saved from a homemade personal server Clinton used during her State Department tenure. After the Clinton team finished scouring the messages, they had the server wiped clean, deleting the rest of the contents.... According to [Politico’s] source close to Mills, two employees at Denver-based technology company Platte River Networks originally pulled the messages from the server, and attornies under Kendall and Mills sifted through the messages to pull anything they thought could constitute a federal record.... Mills testified that they weren’t trying to hide anything when Clinton decided to wipe the server and that they were over inclusive in what they thought might be a work-related message. Clinton has said the remaining, erased correspondence were ‘personal’ in nature....”
With regard to that, Politico noted, “.... Panel Republicans are skeptical that Clinton preserved all her work related emails — particularly after they discovered this spring about a dozen undisclosed Clinton emails in a separate set of messages they received from her longtime ally Sid Blumenthal. Those emails were work related, they argue, and should have been included. They suspect there could be more that didn't make the cut before the server was erased....”
The author of the Politico article, Rachel Bade also noted this: “.... A GOP source said the emails controversy was a ‘very small part of what was discussed ... since she is Clinton’s personal attorney and has a duty to her.’ The person said it is not surprising that she testified that Clinton didn’t do anything wrong....”
ABOUT BENGHAZI AND BENGHAZI-RELATED MATTERSAlso in the Politico article were several Benghazi-related items such as the following: “One of the biggest surprises [ ] was that [Cheryl Mills] said she made suggestions to change State's accountability review board report. The report was supposed to be independent from State officials that may be involved, and the GOP argues top officials should not have had input, long questioning how ‘independence’ the findings were....”
Mills also reiterated to the panel what Hillary Clinton’s insiders have consistently said about the Benghazi attack: “.... [Mills] said she knows of no ‘stand down order’ following the attacks, nor has she any knowledge of the U.S. moving weapons or knowing of other countries moving weapons to Libyan rebels....”
Mills further testified that — “.... Following the attack... there was no cover up or attempt to mislead the American public about what happened. Shortly after the 2012 attacks, US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice on national television blamed the attack on a protest against an anti-Islam documentary — a suggestion the intelligence community later said was false since it was a plotted terrorist attack.... Mills said they didn’t know it was solely a terrorist attack until Sept. 21, and.... she said she didn't know why Rice went on TV to make such claims....”
I make this simple prediction: THIS ISN’T THE LAST THAT WE WILL HEAR ABOUT THE CHERYL MILLS' TESTIMONY BEFORE THE BENGHAZI COMMITTEE.