This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, August 10, 2015:
For decades Hillary Clinton's scandals have left observers wondering how she has managed to escape from being incarcerated. From the death of Vince Foster to Whitewater, from Travelgate to Filegate, from the looting of the White House to the Benghazi cover-up, she has escaped untouched, and unrepentant.
With the revelations last week stemming from demands by judges that two of her closest advisors, Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills (pictured), testify under oath that they have turned over all their private emails to the justice Department, observers now are beginning to understand why. “Hillaryland,” first named that by its leader, Patti Solis Doyle, has been protecting her flank since at least 1992.
Last week John Hackett, a State Department spokesman, apologized for the delay in responding to demands from Judge Rudolph Contreras that the agency comb through all 30,000 of Hillary's emails and have them ready for public release by the end of the year. He told the Washington Times that there was so much classified state secret information on those emails – claimed to be clean by Hillary – that he couldn't even have 15 percent of them reviewed and redacted by the end of July! But he said his agency would work really hard and have all of them ready by December 31.
And then there was the response by Mills' attorney to the judge that he already had all the emails she was going to give him, and that she had destroyed the rest:
Ms. Mills does not believe that she has paper copies of potential records in her possession.
Following our production on August 10, 2015 [of the demanded emails], we have instructed her to delete any and all electronic records in her possession.
These are tools in the toolkit of the “protective ethos” surrounding Hillary, so devoted to her are they that, no matter what the scandal, they are there to defend, delay, dither, and destroy, as necessary, to protect the cause of their dear, fearless, and so far Teflon-coated leader.
Mills' rebuke to the federal judge was astonishing to Sidney Powell, who knows more than a little bit about how the federal government works to protect its own when challenged. The author of Licensed to Lie: Exposing corruption in the department of justice, Powell worked in that department for 10 years and in three federal districts under nine US attorneys (from both political parties). Powell noted that nearly simultaneously with Mills' rejection came the weak-kneed response from State explaining away their delay in getting another judge's demands for Hillary's emails.
It is now clear that Ms. Clinton, Ms. Abedin, and Ms. Mills plan to thumb their noses at the Judge and the State Department. No one is “cooperating,” despite their empty rhetoric to the contrary.
It's helpful to remember that these requests, and delays, began after the 2012 Benghazi attack, and is just one of the tools in the toolkit belonging to Clinton's bevy of advisors.
Mills has been a part of this group of advisors to Hillary Clinton almost since its inception when she imported it from Arkansas while she was First Lady under governor-husband Bill Clinton.
Since then it has grown to at least 14 in number, including 13 women and one man, Neel Lattimore, who is a homosexual. Patti Solis Doyle, who coined the name “Hillaryland” and who runs the group, is joined with other luminaries, including Huma Abedin.
Michelle Cottle of New York magazine described the group as “less a campaign entity than an extended sisterhood defined by its devotion to its namesake.” But operationally it is designed as a bulwark against intrusions such as those currently being threatened by federal judges:
The group's protective ethos dominates [Hillary's] presidential campaign, where loyalty is demanded, self-promotion [is] frowned upon, and talking out of school, especially to the press, [is strongly discouraged].
Political campaign observers John Heilemann and Mark Halperin were more trenchant: Hillaryland's members “were loyal to a fault, smart and ruthless, hard-headed and hardboiled.”
That “protective ethos” was described by Cottle:
Control the message. This is arguably the first rule of politics. Set the terms of the debate. Stick to your talking points. Minimize leaks. Do not let the opposition define you. Win the news cycle. Never let them see you sweat.
With the delays and denials of last week, the second rule of politics is this: If they don't know, and they can't find out, there's nothing they can do about it.
Powell expressed the Hillaryland strategy perfectly, and then wondered if the Teflon varnish is finally beginning to peel:
There is a lot more that we don't know. With all of this deceit, delay, and destruction – past, present, and planned – how long will it be before Judge Sullivan issues a “show cause” order to hold Secretary Kerry, Ms. Mills, and/or others in contempt, issues an order to prevent the destruction of Ms. Mills (or anyone's) electronic records, and appoints a special prosecutor to investigate the entire corrupt cabal?
The judges are getting upset and Hillary's devoted followers are getting nervous. There's another saying: justice may be slow, but it is sweet.
Observer.com: BREAKING: Cheryl Mills To Destroy Emails About Boss Hillary Clinton
Licensed to Lie, by Sidney Powell
Washington Times: State Dept. blames classified info for Clinton email delays
New York magazine: Hillary Control
The New american: More Baggage for Hillary: Her Advisor Ordered to Reveal E-mails
World New Daily: Here they are: Hillary's 22 biggest scandals ever