While everyone is still fixated on the Donald Trump-Megyn Kelly drama, Hillary Clinton’s aide is busy behind the curtain. It seems that Clinton is able to arouse a loyalty in her staff that goes way above and beyond. They are willing to commit acts including, but not limited to, ignoring an order by a federal judge. Monday NewsMax reports that Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff while she was Secretary of State, Cheryl Mills, is planning to delete her email correspondence,
Her lawyers told U.S. Judge Emmet G. Sullivan in a letter, “Ms. Mills does not believe that she has paper copies of potential records in her possession,” the letter says according to 10-year Justice Department employee Sidney Powell. “Following our production on August 10, 2015 [of the defense counsel’s version of the electronic records], we have instructed her to delete any and all electronic records in her possession,” the letter continues.
Powell, author of “Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice,” said the decision was a far cry from a statement Mills had made. He also points out that Judicial Watch has made an emergency filing in Sullivan’s court to stop the records from being destroyed.
Former Secretary of State Clinton Friday submitted her first official, formal certification under penalty of perjury that she had all her work-related email turned over to the State Department, in response to a request from a federal judge. However, Cheryl Mills, one of two aides, is refusing a request from U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan that she similarly certify that she turned over certain emails and other records in her possession relating to her work at State, reported Politico Saturday. The other aide is Huma Abedin, former Deputy Chief of Staff.
Not appearing completely satisfied with the assurances in the latest round of letters, Sullivan issued an order Friday night instructing State to ask Clinton, Mills and Abedin not to destroy any official records.
“The Court hereby directs the Government to request that Mrs. Hillary Clinton, Ms. Huma Abedin, and Ms. Cheryl Mills i) not delete any federal documents, electronic or otherwise, in their possession or control, and ii) provide appropriate assurances to the Government that the above-named individuals will not delete any such documents,” wrote Sullivan, an appointee of President Bill Clinton. “The Government shall inform the Court of the status of its compliance with this Order no later than August 12, 2015, including a copy of any assurances provided by Mrs. Clinton, Ms. Abedin and Ms. Mills that they will not delete any federal documents in their possession or control.”
To date, Sullivan has refrained from issuing any orders directly to Clinton or her former aides in connection with the Judicial Watch suit. Neither are parties to the case nor current employees of the sole defendant in the suit: the State Department.
Currently the State Department is facing 40 Freedom of Information Act lawsuits to which Hillary Clinton’s emails may be responsive. With this revelation with Mills, and Clinton’s private server under investigation by the FBI, the legal struggles for the Clinton camp don’t appear to be going away anytime soon.