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by Sharon Rondeau

Cheryl Mills was Counselor and Chief of Staff to Hillary Clinton during Clinton’s four years as U.S. Secretary of State. She also was on Bill Clinton’s impeachment defense team in 1999.

(Sep. 13, 2016) — During a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Tuesday, citing a recently-released FBI report, Rep. Jim Jordan connected a chain of events concerning the deletion of emails originating from Hillary Clinton’s private email server to congressional investigators’ requests for documentation of the events surrounding the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya which killed four Americans.

During his designated time to speak, Jordan, reading from page 15 of the FBI report at one point, said that Clinton State Department aide Cheryl Mills had “warned” those who had set up the private server that a congressional request for emails was forthcoming and that the IT company contracted to provide backup to Clinton’s server subsequently deleted them.

On page 18 of the FBI report, Jordan noted that “in July 2014,” Mills “instructed” Platte River Networks to purge emails older than 60 days.  An August 15, 2015 email written by one of two PRN techs acknowledged that the instructions they were receiving to purge information constituted “shady” business practices.

PRN employees Paul Combetta and Bill Thornton refused to testify Tuesday by invoking their Fifth Amendment right not to self-incriminate.

The U.S. Department of Justice granted Combetta immunity last week.  Combetta has acknowledged that he was aware that a “preservation” order had been issued by Congress but nevertheless wiped Clinton’s server clean using BleachBit software.

Combetta and Thornton’s silence could explain why later in the hearing, Chairman Jason Chaffetz repeatedly thanked Justin Cooper, a long-time Clinton family employee who assisted in setting up Clinton’s private server, for agreeing to answer questions.

The IT specialist known to have spearheaded the installation of Clinton’s private server in her home at the beginning of her tenure as secretary of state, Bryan Pagliano, ignored a congressional subpoena Tuesday by failing to appear.

At this time last year, following a subpoena, Pagliano invoked his Fifth Amendment right to the House Select Committee, which was investigating the circumstances surrounding the Benghazi terrorist attack.

The FBI found that, contrary to Clinton’s public assertions, she sent and received classified information through the private server, which did not have the customary government protocols in place and was likely breached by “Russian and Chinese hackers, and an array of others.”

After FBI agents interviewed Clinton on July 2, three days later, FBI Director James Comey announced that he would not recommend that Clinton herself be criminally prosecuted because her actions were found not to demonstrate “clear intent” to obstruct justice.

Clinton has insisted that she did nothing wrong, but her responses to Congress greatly differed from Comey’s in July.  Comey, a former Deputy Attorney General, told Congress that from his viewpoint, “just because someone’s not prosecuted…there aren’t consequences for it.”

Clinton is the Democrat nominee for president.

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  1. In and of itself, what Hillary Clinton et al have done regarding EmailGate relegates what Richard Nixon et al did regarding Watergate to amateur status. Add the fact that EmailGate is directly connected with BenghaziGate and what you have is one of the, if not THE, most deceitful scenarios in American history.