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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“the administration’s scandals”
Keith, respectfully, these are not scandals. They are felony, treasonous crimes.
Great comment – thank you
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.
Do you relly think they lie, Grace? Well Barney Frank, the leftist of the left, also thinks we were lied to.
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.
Finally the truth is starting to come out. Now to find out what was pulled out…
Sheryl deserves a Pulitzer. There are few in her category with that level of integrity.
I pray that God preserves and protects her comings in and her goings out. In Jesus name I pray it. And all the people said, “Amen!”
Amen. And watch your back Sheryl!!!
Sharyl.. But however you spell it, be careful!
Didn’t she also break the “Fast and Furious” scandal?
I pulled it up. It does state that Sharyl Attkisson, CBS Reporter Who broke the details of the Benghazi…
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.
Plain and simple: It’s calculated Deceit. Evil, ruthless Deceit.
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.
Yes, so am I….she is now an ambassador. Please, help us to never see Jen Psaki or Marie Harf in that position!!!!!!
How many people besides Maxwell are scheduled to be questioned?
Will be interesting to see who they are. I heard someone say that Cheryl Mills will be subpoenaed. She is or was Hillary’s right hand person at the time, Chief of Staff.
What about that woman who is married to Anthony Weiner? She was and still is VERY close to Hillary.
I agree that the Democrats will be out for Maxwell’s blood.
Someone help me with my memory. Was there something noted in the news a couple of weeks ago, about Hill not being questioned?
I just googled it, this was printed June 21, 2014 that Hill will be subpoenaed to testify.
If anyone has any information that she is no longer scheduled to be subpoenaed, please let us know.
Questions? Subpoenas? -LMAO!
Like ANYONE from Hillary’s State Dept. will ‘answer’ ANY “questions” or “subpoenas”.
What will the Congress do…? Hold them in “contempt”? -LMAO!!
It’s Gowdy’s show — I expect slow , deliberate, and about as bullet proof as it can get given the circumstances. And all under oath.
Like Holder in contempt, criminals but they have staying power, what a corrupt government now.
Nothing surprises me about the crooked Obama administration. They have no morals. History and time will work against the felons.
What did the President know and when did he know it?
What did Mencken say about history repeatingrepeatingitseklfitself?
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.
I am wondering why he did not come forward a long time ago.
The only thing I can think of his he was legally advised to wait.
Unless they thought that his information would get swept under the rug, as much as everything else.
Perhaps the ghost of Vince Foster is haunting many.
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.
“If this ever hits the mass media….”
There’s the problem. If they don’t report it, it’s not news.
That is a big, big “IF,” isn’t it?
harv sibley it would be even more pathetic, if someone got a picture of her doing the shredding. If not that, the picture of her demanding to do this evil. That would be just as ugly as:
WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?
When all of these people are questioned they need to also reminded the citizens who are watching, that in the military you do not leave men/woman behind. That needs to be blasted time and time again though this hearing.
Impossible! She was in the kitchen , baking cookies!
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
Nothing to see here, just keep moving……..
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
Somebody quick, double-check the boxes in the basement.
State Department can’t account for $6 billion in last 6 years!
“What difference does it make?”
And now we finally know the rest of that sentence…
“What difference at this point does it make… because there is no paper trail that leads to me.”
Obviously, none. The feds will print more paper to make up for the differential. It sure would be nice if Congress held back $6 billion from the October budget unless and until the State Dept. can account for our missing money.
I wonder how much of the $6 billion founds its way into the Clinton Foundation coffers? Just asking.
Sharyl Attkisson and Trey Gowdy are the Woodward and Bernstein of our time. Thank God for their tenacity.
And for their integrity….something in short supply in Congress, especially on the left.
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“‘Ray, those are our orders.’ ”
Only following orders? Where have we heard that before?
Arbeit Macht Frie. Or more likely, pathological loyalty helps you keep your job.
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,
1998 – missing Whitewater files… Yep, a definite pattern here.
And that whole business with cattle futures—not a trace of the paperwork now.
Marcus I would think that people that hold such files, would make copies and hide them in case something happens.
Maybe I have watched to many movies where this was done in the story.
They may well be keeping them in some secret location. Perhaps in the same Zurich bank lock box they keep papers from the Childrens’ Defense Fund from all those year ago.
years. Dadgum it. I can’t type worth a hoot today.
Remember Sandy Berger’s stealing of Clinton Admnistration documents about terrorism?
You mean, Sandy-oops-how-did-those-files-get-in-my-pants Berger?
Don’t forget his socks!
I always thought that incident would make a great movie comedy staring Mel Brooks.
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!
Sadly, this isn’t the least bit surprising.
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.
This all depends on what your definition of the word “holy shit get rid of any reference to Hillary and the President” is.
Thank God for a real reporter! Woodward is doing nothing it seems, so I hope that Sharyl Attkisson doesn’t let up, & I thank her for doing a great job.
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