‘Whitewatering’ the Benghazi documents: Hillary’s been there before

‘Whitewatering’ the Benghazi documents: Hillary’s been there before

According to a retired high-level U.S. diplomat, top aides to former secretary of state Hillary Clinton concealed embarrassing documents from investigators probing the deadly Islamic-terror attack of September 11, 2012, in Benghazi, Libya. For longtime Clinton watchers, this story of sneaky staffers and stashed papers sounds like an episode of a 1990s teledrama called Whitewater. …

Maxwell’s accusations are consistent with Hillary’s past.

“In 1988, Mrs. Clinton ordered the destruction of records relating to her representation of Mr. [Jim] McDougal’s Madison S&L,” states the 1996 Final Report of the Special Committee to Investigate Whitewater Development Corporation. “This was not a routine destruction of records. At the time, federal regulators were investigating the operation and solvency of Madison in anticipation of taking it over.”

“By July 1993, the Clintons and their associates had established a pattern of concealment with respect to the Clintons’ involvement with Whitewater and the Madison S&L,” the special congressional panel wrote. “At every important turn, crucial files and documents ‘disappeared’ or were withheld from scrutiny whenever questions were raised.” …

“Almost immediately after law enforcement officers left Mr. [Vincent] Foster’s office, Mr. [Bernard] Nussbaum went to work to conduct the real search in secret,” the Whitewater committee concluded. White House counsel Nussbaum and Hillary’s then chief of staff, Maggie Williams, reentered Foster’s office, without police supervision. …

“Ms. Williams and Mr. Nussbaum collected the files, including at least one marked Whitewater,” the special committee explained. … Ms. Williams…consulted with Mrs. Clinton, and transferred one or two boxes of documents to the White House Residence for further review by the President and Mrs. Clinton.”

That July 27, Robert Barnett, Esq., of Williams & Connolly LLP, visited the super-exclusive upstairs residence, accepted the documents swiped from Foster’s office, and swaddled them in a warm blanket of attorney-client privilege.

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