Before turning over boxes and stacks of Benghazi-related documents and communications over to the administration’s Accountability Review Board (ARB) investigation, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s top two aides directed assistants to purge anything damaging to the department.
That is the allegation of a top aide who was present for part of the purging. Former Deputy Assistant Secretary Raymond Maxwell shared his experience with Sharyl Attkisson:
At the time, Maxwell was a leader in the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, which was charged with collecting emails and documents relevant to the Benghazi probe. “I was not invited to that after-hours endeavor, but I heard about it and decided to check it out on a Sunday afternoon,” Maxwell says…..
When he arrived, Maxwell says he observed boxes and stacks of documents. He says a State Department office director, whom Maxwell described as close to Clinton’s top advisers, was there….
“She told me, ‘Ray, we are to go through these stacks and pull out anything that might put anybody in the [Near Eastern Affairs] front office or the seventh floor in a bad light,’” says Maxwell.
He says “seventh floor” was State Department shorthand for then-Secretary of State Clinton and her principal advisers. “I asked her, ‘But isn’t that unethical?’
She responded, ‘Ray, those are our orders.’ ” A few minutes after he arrived, Maxwell says, in walked two high-ranking State Department officials.
Those two were Cheryl Mills, Hillary’s Chief of Staff, and Deputy Chief of Staff Jake Sullivan. Maxwell left soon after that, and says he didn’t feel good about being involved in something like that. Maxwell was eventually one of the four scapegoats that State put on paid administrative leave as “punishment”. Those four remain the only people at any level of the U.S Government who have faced any consequences for the Benghazi misdeeds. It seems credible that none of the four were involved.
Maxwell, 58, strongly supported President Barack Obama and personally contributed to his presidential campaign. But post-Benghazi, he has soured on both Obama and Clinton, saying he had nothing to do with security and was sacrificed as a scapegoat while higher-up officials directly responsible escaped discipline.
The State Department has strenuously denied any wrongdoing, any dishonesty, or for that matter, any knowledge of anything anywhere. In other words, their normal posture.
Maxwell has also been extensively interviewed by several Congressmen. As the Select Committee, led by Trey Gowdy, begins hearing this week, Maxwell figures to play a role in uncovering the truth.
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