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Forced Amnesia: Cheryl Mills Edition

- September 23, 2016

After Forgetting Any Meaningful Details Under Oath, We Learn Hillary Clinton's Chief Of Staff Cheryl Mills Was Granted Immunity By The FBI

Today We Learned The FBI Granted Immunity To Hillary Clinton's Former Chief Of Staff And Counselor Cheryl Mills. "A congressman says Hillary Clinton's former chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, and two other staff members were granted immunity deals in exchange for their cooperation in the now-closed FBI investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state." (Michael Biesecker, "GOP Lawmaker: FBI Gave Immunity For Clinton Aide's Testimony," The Associated Press , 9/23/16)

Mills Was The Same Clinton Aide Who Left Her FBI Interview Briefly To Talk With Her Lawyers When Things Got “Tense” Regarding Clinton’s Secret Server

The Washington Post Headline: “Former Top Clinton Aide Walked Out Of Tense FBI Interview” (Matt Zapotosky, “Former Top Clinton Aide Walked Out Of Tense FBI Interview,” The Washington Post, 5/10/16)

Mills Was “Formally Interviewed By The FBI” As Part Of Clinton’s Secret Server Investigation. “So far, only a few of Clinton's top aides, including Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills, have been formally interviewed by the FBI, but the former Secretary of State herself has not yet sat down with law enforcement officials.” (Julia Boccagno, “FBI Director Refuted Clinton Campaign’s Description Of Email Investigation,” CBS News, 5/11/16)

Prosecutors Were “Taken Aback” During Her FBI Interview, When Mills And Her Lawyer “Left The Room…” “Mills and her lawyer left the room — though both returned a short time later — and prosecutors were somewhat taken aback that their FBI colleague had ventured beyond what was anticipated, the people said.” (Matt Zapotosky, “Former Top Clinton Aide Walked Out Of Tense FBI Interview,” The Washington Post, 5/10/16)

The “Episode Demonstrate[d] Some Of The Tension Surrounding The Criminal Probe…” “But the episode demonstrates some of the tension surrounding the criminal probe into possible mishandling of classified information involving the leading Democratic presidential candidate. In the coming weeks, prosecutors and FBI agents hope to be able to interview Clinton herself as they work to bring the case to a close.” (Matt Zapotosky, “Former Top Clinton Aide Walked Out Of Tense FBI Interview,” The Washington Post, 5/10/16)

During A Deposition In May Regarding The Setup Of Clinton's Server, Mills Claimed She Did Not Recall Knowing About Clinton's Secret Server While Mills Was At The State Department

Mills Could Not Recall Any Discussions About Clinton's Server Prior To Her Coming On As Chief Of Staff For Clinton. QUESTION: "Did you have any discussions with anybody at the State Department about the setup of her server prior to you leaving the State Department?" MILLS: "I don't believe I did QUESTION: "How about before you came and served as chief of staff?" MILLS: "I don't believe I did." (Transcript Of Cheryl Mills, Judicial Watch, Inc. v. Department of State, 5/27/16, p. 103)

Mills Could Not Recall If She Had Discussions With Anyone At State Department About The Setup Of Clinton's Server Prior To Her Leaving The Department. QUESTION: "Did you have any discussions with anybody at the State Department about the setup of her server prior to you leaving the State Department?" MILLS: "I don't believe I did." (Transcript Of Cheryl Mills, Judicial Watch, Inc. v. Department of State, 5/27/16, p. 103)

Mills Could Not Recall If She Had Discussions With Anyone At State Department About The Setup Of Clinton's Server Prior To Her Leaving The Department. QUESTION: "Did you have any discussions with anybody at the State Department about the setup of her server prior to you leaving the State Department?" MILLS: "I don't believe I did." (Transcript Of Cheryl Mills, Judicial Watch, Inc. v. Department of State, 5/27/16, p. 103)

Mills Could Not Recall When She Spoke To Bryan Pagliano About The Setup Of Clintons Email Server. QUESTION: "Okay. Was he working for the Clintons at the time that you spoke to him about the -- about the setup of the server?" MS. WILKINSON: "Objection. Foundation. If you know." MILLS: "Well, I don't know how to answer your question because I don't know the time period." (Transcript Of Cheryl Mills, Judicial Watch, Inc. v. Department of State, 5/27/16, p. 95)

Mills Could Not Recall Conversations With Justin Cooper About The Setup Of Clinton's Server. QUESTION: "What did Mr. Cooper tell you?" MS. WILKINSON: "Objection. Same bases. Beyond the scope. Could call for privileged information." MS. BERMAN: "Objection as well." QUESTION: "Did you have any discussions with Mr. Cooper, prior to you or Secretary Clinton leaving the State Department, about the setup of the server?" MILLS: "I don't recall any discussions about the setup of the server." (Transcript Of Cheryl Mills, Judicial Watch, Inc. v. Department of State, 5/27/16, p. 99)

Mills Also Repeatedly Invoked Attorney-Client Privilege, Saying She Learned Of Clinton's Server While She Was Clinton's Attorney

Mills Repeatedly Invoked The Attorney-Client Privilege As A Reason To Withhold Some Information Regarding Clinton's Email Setup. "In a deposition conducted Friday with lawyers from the conservative group Judicial Watch, a lawyer for Cheryl Mills repeatedly invoked attorney-client privilege as a reason to withhold some information from the group's attorneys. Ms. Mills served as Mrs. Clinton's chief of staff at the State Department before going on to serve as her personal attorney after both women left government in 2013." (Byron Tau, "Clinton Aide Declines To Answer Questions About Email Server Setup," The Wall St. Journal, 5/31/16)

Mills Declined To Elaborate On How And Why Clinton's Server Was Set Up, Saying It Was Information She Learned While Representing Clinton As Her Attorney. "Mrs. Clinton's closest aides at the State Department have increasingly become drawn into the investigations around Mrs. Clinton's use of a private email server for government business. Last week, an independent government watchdog said Mrs. Clinton's email arrangement while in office ran contrary to department rules. In her testimony, Ms. Mills declined to elaborate on how and why the server was set up, saying that was information she learned while representing Mrs. Clinton as her attorney. Legal ethics rules forbid attorneys from disclosing certain information about their clients, a privilege often protected in state and federal law." (Byron Tau, "Clinton Aide Declines To Answer Questions About Email Server Setup," The Wall St. Journal, 5/31/16)


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