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Charge: Benghazi Boiler Room Operation Hid Documents

A top former State Department official is charging that senior aides convened an after-hours Foggy Bottom operation to sift through Benghazi-related documents and separate out those that might be damaging to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The documents were supposed to be turned over the the Accountability Review Board, an internal State Department probe that has been criticized for not addressing the potential culpability in the Benghazi matter of Clinton or President Obama.

Sharyl Attkisson broke the story in The Daily Signal:

According to former Deputy Assistant Secretary Raymond Maxwell, the after-hours session took place over a weekend in a basement operations-type center at State Department headquarters in Washington, D.C. This is the first time Maxwell has publicly come forward with the story.

At the time, Maxwell was a leader in the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA), which was charged with collecting emails and documents relevant to the Benghazi probe . . .

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. Though the office director technically worked for him, Maxwell says he wasn’t consulted about her weekend assignment.

“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 advisors.

“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.

Maxwell said he has spoken to House Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who sits on the House Oversight Committee.

Maxwell does have an axe to grind. He said he was “scapegoated” by the State Department when he was implicated in security lapses that led up to the attacks. He was later cleared. But as a veteran, senior State Department official, he also is a credible witness.

No doubt there will be subpoenas flying toward any others who might have been in the room.

And let’s all be thankful Attkisson has been freed from her former overlords at CBS and can continue her aggressive coverage of the administration’s scandals.

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77 Responses to Charge: Benghazi Boiler Room Operation Hid Documents

  1. That’s very interesting, to say the least. The timing of this revelation is interesting, too.
    All of this brings back the refrain of why, oh, why can’t we ever have the truth from our own government. They don’t just spin facts, they lie – bald faced lies. They lie to protect their reputations as competent overseers of their office, they lie to forward their true agendas, they lie so that it has had a devastating affect on the trust and loyalty the people once had in their government.
    When trusted polls show that a majority of the population doesn’t “trust” their own President, then who does he, and his minions, work for, or preside over?

    The State Dept, just like the IRS, has to, must, have the trust and support of the people. When their main thrust is to punish opposition to the Dem message, or to hide their mistakes in an effort to protect a future Dem candidate, then they have not just lost the trust of the people, they have lost their mission or reason for being.

  2. Thanks for “going there”, Keith. This really is a bombshell. The State Department is denying the story, but let’s see if these people are willing to lie under oath and to Congress when questioned by Gowdy’s committee. Maxwell may just be the John Dean of the Benghazi scandal.

    • A bombshell for sure, but will it stop her from running for President? Never! Axelmurder will make her President, He knows how stupid the people are now.

  3. These are not ‘ lies’ . These are rival narratives . In a PoMo world where objective reality does not exist , where ‘facts’ are social constructs , there is no truth or untruth . Get over it and get with it.

  4. Good on Sharyl Attkisson. She and Gowdy make a good team.

    Maxwell will be run up a tree by the Dems.

    Cheryl Mills bleeds Hillary and I am curious about Victoria Nuland, one of the rewarded.

  5. Mr Maxwell better be careful or he will meet his demise in a million to one way! I hope they get him in front of Congress very quickly.

    It certainly makes proud that there are possibly a few patriots for truth in DC.

  6. It was Madame Hillary, in the basement, with the shredder, she did the crime! We could really make a new version of the board game CLUE and need not go further than this administration.

    If this ever hits the mass media, Hillary will be sidelined in 2016.

    H

  7. The criminal behavior of those who protect the Clinton’s goes way back to before Bill’s Arkansas Governorship. Documents pertaining to the loss of millions of $’s of investors’ monies in the White Water Development scandal mysteriously disappeared, thus ‘no criminal charges’ against their involvement!

    Their ‘web of deceit’ is far-reaching, thus they are able to maneuver and to extort favors from dozens of non-gov’t and gov’t persons with power to do their bidding! HRC’s protectors are thought to be among the most determined and most committed to her and Bill. Even the National Archives in DC were ‘burglarized’ and documents directly involving then Prez Clinton were destroyed – a Federal Crime – but nobody (his top aide) was prosecuted!

    They know how DC works, and they have worked the system for so many years that their WEB extends throughout the Fed Gov’t. They, like bho and corrupt AG Holder, consider themselves ‘untouchables’! jb

      • Good advice! It is amazing that the ‘Big Daddy’ scheme could be investigated at all. Somebody forgot to burn the books! When the Clinton’s left Arkansas, the tax-payers were ‘on the hook’ for tens of millions of $’s to clean up the environmental destruction of the chicken processing plants!

        As you said, nothing new regarding political pay-offs for political favors! Wonder where each one keeps the ‘damaging files’ for the other one! They deserve each other! We are the losers if HRC ascends to the WH Throne Oval Office! jb

  8. Hiding embarrassing documents from investigators is a tried and true tactic for Hillary. Remember when she learned about Vince Foster’s death? She and her chums went into Foster’s WH office, locked the door and went through all his files to steal, er, confiscate, er hide anything that could prove embarrassing to Hillary. It was the first thing she did. Must have been some interesting stuff in Foster’s file cabinets. Oh, yes,

  9. As soon as I saw Sharyl Attkisson name I felt confident that it was credible. How refreshing. You are right Keith thank heavens she is freed from the overlords. And i ALWAYS read anything from you. You are spot on…and sometimes snarky which I love! Go TEAM!

  10. Beckel just said ISIS is not doing well now.
    They have not advanced.
    I hope he is right.
    However they are typical sneaky evil people. I do not think they are now sitting around with one another saying, Guys, maybe this was a wrong thing to do.
    He said you have to pick specific places to bomb. Yes and the more they plan what they are going to do the more they are going to hide within innocent people.

    • Beckel has denied all along ISIS has capable military discipline and force. Does think of them as jv on that level. Thinks bombing will be sufficient — of course, who is going to provide intell and spot the strikes? No boots on the ground.