Law & the Courts

Top Clinton Aides To Testify Before Benghazi Committee Next Week

Former Hillary Clinton aide Cheryl Mills (Michael Buckner/Getty)

Two of Hillary Clinton’s top aides will testify next week before the House panel investigating the Benghazi terrorist attacks.

Cheryl Mills and Jake Sullivan will be deposed on September 3 and September 4. Mills was Clinton’s chief of staff at the State Department, while Sullivan helped lay the groundwork for negotiations on the Iran nuclear deal and now works as a senior policy advisor for Clinton’s 2016 campaign.

Investigators want to probe “three buckets of questions” during the depositions, Representative Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.), who serves on the committee, said Monday. First, “How did we end up with security, the nature of the security that was there?” he said. “Then, the events of that evening. My guess is that they will have relevant information pertaining to communications that took place as the events were unfolding on September 11, 2012. And then, finally, I know at least one of those two was involved in articulating the administration’s position to the public after the events.”

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Mills has long been one of the Clintons’ most trusted aides, dating back to Bill Clinton’s first term. On the night of September 11, 2012, after Clinton released a statement suggesting that the Benghazi attack had been provoked by an obscure Youtube video, Mills directed State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland to stop answering questions about the attack. A former State Department official also accused her of scrubbing Benghazi-related documents to prevent the release of information that might embarrass Clinton.

#related#The Benghazi committee has 30 interviews to complete before Hillary Clinton testifies in a public hearing on October 22. “There could be a handful more [interview subjects] identified,” Pompeo said. “We sometimes get leads.”

Mills and Sullivan will most likely also “get questions about their use of the private e-mail server,” Pompeo said. Sullivan reportedly sent one of the classified e-mails that sparked the FBI probe of Clinton’s use of a private server. The e-mail is said to have “contained classified information as well as sensitive law enforcement information on Benghazi.”

— Joel Gehrke is a political reporter for National Review.

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