This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, August 10, 2015:
When U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan ordered Hillary Clinton’s “right-hand person,” Huma Abedin, to attest under oath that she had in fact turned over all her e-mails to the Justice Department, he also included Hillary’s “left-hand person” as well: Cheryl Mills.
On Friday Mills’ attorney told the federal judge to take a hike
— that he has all he’s going to get and that the other e-mails have been deleted:
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 e-mails], we have instructed her to delete any and all electronic records in her possession.
This rebuke to the federal judge was astonishing to Sidney Powell, who knows more than a little 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 U.S. attorneys (from both political parties). She noted that nearly simultaneously with Mills’ rejection came the weak-kneed response from State explaining away their delay in responding to another judge’s demands for Hillary’s e-mails.
State was supposed to have released at least 15 percent of Clinton’s e-mails by the end of July, but they found — surprise — that there was so many classified information in them (all denied, of course, by Clinton) that they couldn’t meet the deadline. John Hackett, speaking for the State Department, told the Washington Times that his department “belatedly” realized how much classified state secrets were contained in the 30,000 e-mails Clinton reluctantly released, but said his department will make up the 1,700-page deficit over the next couple of months, if the judge would just be a little patient. He promised further that all of those e-mails will have been reviewed (and redacted as required) by the end of the year when the results will be released to the public.
According to Powell, “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 began following the 2012 Benghazi attack, and the delays are just one of the tools in the toolkit belonging to Clinton’s bevy of advisors who call themselves “Hillaryland.”
Mills has been a part of this group of advisors to Hillary Clinton almost since its inception when 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 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 that currently being threatened by a federal judge:
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].
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.
Based on their denials, two of Hillaryland’s members are also ignoring the law and daring the judges to make good on their demands. This allows the second law of protective politics to kick in: If they don’t know, and they can’t find out, there’s nothing they can do about it.
As Sidney Powell explained:
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?