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ICYMI: Clinton’s Lawyer, Under Oath

- June 3, 2016

Excerpts from the Wall Street Journal


By: Kimberley A. Strassel
Friday, June 3, 2016

“The news out of last week’s Cheryl Mills deposition was that the Clinton confidante didn’t say much about Hillary’s email server. Which only goes to show that Mrs. Clinton has a serious problem—and she knows it.

“This is, after all, Cheryl Mills. For more than 20 years, she has served as the Clintons’ very own Winston Wolf ( Harvey Keitel in 'Pulp Fiction')—their fixer, their problem-solver…

“The entire 270-page transcript of the deposition, which Judicial Watch released Tuesday, has an almost eye-glazing repetition about it.

“A persistent Judicial Watch attorney attempts to ask Ms. Mills a straightforward question. Before she even finishes, Ms. Mills’s army of attorneys falls all over itself to object, to insist that the query is outside the ‘scope’ of the inquiry or too vague, and to instruct the witness not to answer.

“On the rare occasions that they do allow Ms. Mills to open her mouth, it is only after coaching her on what is a permissible response…

“She doesn’t ‘know’ or can’t ‘recall’ even basic facts or conversations. ‘I don’t recall having such discussions.’ ‘I can’t speak’ to that. ‘I don’t have a recollection of doing so.’ ‘I don’t know the answer to that question.’

“She can’t, or won’t, make a direct statement even about her own honesty. ‘Are there any reasons why you would not be able to answer truthfully here today?’ asks the Judicial Watch attorney. ‘Not that I know of,’ Ms. Mills responds, suggesting that there may be reasons she’s lying, but that she probably won’t recall them until later…

“Ms. Mills can barely recall any conversation with anyone while at the State Department about a server, or email, or anything. She is clueless or mum on why the server came to be or who knew about it, or how it worked.

“Notably, the Mills team spends much of the interview suggesting she had no real knowledge of the system while on the federal payroll. Why does the timing matter? Because Ms. Mills began working as a private lawyer for Mrs. Clinton after they left government. Anything she learned at that point is therefore protected by attorney-client privilege. Which is convenient.

“Frustrating as this surely was for Judicial Watch and the nation, it can’t have been surprising…

“Yet the presence of all those lawyers proves that Ms. Mills knows she, and her boss, could have a major problem…”

Read the full column here.


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