Raymond Maxwell, former head of the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, is claiming that he discovered a weekend meeting in the State Department’s basement where loyal Hillary Clinton officials gathered to remove potentially damaging documents before turning them over to the Accountability Review Board.
Maxwell met with Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), of the House Judiciary Committee, and Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) last year to report that he had seen associates to then-Secretary-of-State Hillary Clinton separating documents into two piles. There was one pile for the ARB and Congress and another pile of documents that would never be seen because they put a “bad light on Hillary Clinton and her senior management.” Among those present in the basement that night were Cheryl Mills, Clinton’s Chief of Staff, and Jake Sullivan, her Deputy Chief of Staff, who were overseeing the document scrubbing operation.
According to The Daily Signal report by Sharyl Attkisson, Maxwell walked in on the Sunday afternoon session where he reportedly saw stacks of documents. An office director told him they were instructed to go through the stacks and pull out items that could put anybody in the NEA “front office” in a “bad light.” Although the office director technically worked for Maxwell, he says he knew nothing about this weekend assignment.
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These new allegations have surfaced as the House select committee on Benghazi prepares to hold its first open hearing on Wednesday.
Congressman Chaffetz said on Fox News:
“Congress has never, ever gotten everything from the State Department. They have never certified that they have given everything to Congress. Here, more than two years after the fact. Why is that?”
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Maxwell was disciplined in the wake of the Benghazi attack in 2012, along with four other State Department officials for devastating security lapses leading up to the attacks. He says that he was scapegoated. He was put on administrative leave and eventually cleared, but then retired in 2013.
Chaffetz said that he believes Maxwell’s story about the weekend document scrubbing operation:
“But ultimately the State Department, remember with Benghazi, nobody was ever fired; nobody ever missed a paycheck; nobody was ever dismissed; nobody was found at fault. And so his credibility, I think in our mind, went much, much higher.”
(h/t: The Daily Signal)
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