Hillary Clinton's Chief of Staff and Assistant Chief of Staff reportedly presided over an operation to scrub certain documents that may have implicated negligence and malfeasance in the Benghazi attack on September 11, 2012.
Sharyl Attkisson covered the story in The Daily Signal, based on a report by a former high-ranking State Department official.
Former Deputy Secretary of State Raymond Maxwell claims he attended a meeting in which he witnessed two high-level Clinton aides ordering staffers to cull through boxes of documents to purge materials which may implicate Clinton or her top staffers in the Benghazi disaster.
Although The Daily Signal story did not name the officials conducting the file purge, Congressman Jason Chaffetz, a member of the House Oversight Committee which began the Benghazi investigation (it's since been turned over to a Select Committee), did. Chaffetz told Fox News the cover-up goes all the way to Hillary Clinton's office:
And the people that were in that room directing traffic, were none other than Hillary Clinton's Chief of Staff, Cheryl Mills, and Jake Sullivan, her deputy chief of staff. It doesn't get anymore high ranking than that!
The Daily Signal reports:
Maxwell says the weekend document session was held in the basement of the State Department’s Foggy Bottom headquarters in a room underneath the “jogger’s entrance.” He describes it as a large space, outfitted with computers and big screen monitors, intended for emergency planning, and with small offices on the periphery.
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.
His aide was also there and though she worked for him, he was not told of her Sunday file purging duties...
“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.
Congressman Chaffetz says Clinton's people were scrubbing documents before investigators got a look at them. As he told Fox News:
They were essentially creating two piles: The things the Accountability Review Board and that Congress would see and anything else that would shed quote 'bad light' on Hillary Clinton and her senior management that they were put in a different pile and they were never to be seen.
Chaffetz also says Ray Maxwell came to him and Congressman Trey Gowdy more than a year ago with his story, and has remained consistent. What he doesn't answer is why he failed to divulge the story in previous Benghazi hearings. The Select Committee on Benghazi is holding hearings starting Wednesday and the issue of purging documents is certain to come up.
Four Americans, including the Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, were attacked and murdered by terrorists at the American compound in Benghazi, and at a follow-up attack at the CIA headquarters nearby.
Neither the State Department, nor the Department of Defense, attempted to extract the Ambassador or American service personnel, as protocol demanded. According to several accounts, those willing to attempt a rescue operation at Benghazi were told to “stand down.”
The attack was dismissed by the White House and Secretary of State as a retaliation for a YouTube video insulting Muslims.
The lack of coherence in the official story line from the administration—considering it took place on the anniversary of 9/11 — left many people wondering about the responsibility of those in charge.