Despite being officially cleared of wrongdoing by an internal review board, Hillary Clinton’s staffers have been accused of separating potentially damaging documents from material sent to a panel investigating the Benghazi, Libya attack, a former top official proclaimed on Monday.
Raymond Maxwell, formerly head of the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, told The Daily Signal, a news outlet operated by the conservative Heritage Foundation, that a room in the basement of the State Department in Washington, D.C. was converted to a makeshift document review center on a weekend, supervised by Clinton confidants
Maxwell was a leader within the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, which was assigned with collecting emails and documents pertinent to the Benghazi probe.
“I was not invited to that after-hours endeavor, but I heard about it and decided to check it out on a Sunday afternoon. Hillary told me, ‘Ray, we are to go through these stacks and pull out anything that might put anybody in the [Near Eastern Affairs] front office or the seventh floor in a bad light.'”
Maxwell has said that he observed boxes and stacks of documents. He says a State Department office director, whom Maxwell described as close to Clinton’s top advisers, was there.
He claims to have complained to then-Secretary of State Clinton, “But isn’t that unethical?”
Clinton allegedly rebuffed him, saying, “Ray, those are our orders.”
Recently, The Inquisitr covered Hillary Clinton’s return to Iowa, the home of the nation’s kick-off presidential contest, on Sunday to advocate for Democrats on the ballot in the final leg of the 2014 midterms. Clinton also hinted on a possible return as a candidate on the Democratic ticket for the 2016 Presidential race.
It was Hillary’s first visit to the Hawkeye State since her failed 2008 presidential campaign. According to a CNN/ORC International poll released Friday, 53 percent of registered Iowa Democratic voters would vote for the former secretary of State in 2016. Hillary Clinton’s numbers dwarf the rest of the field — Vice President Joe Biden received 15 percent of the vote, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren got 7 percent and Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders drew 5 percent
The recent allegation is sure to at least intensify the questions of Hillary Clinton’s role in Benghazi scandal. Four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador, died in the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Maxwell is admittedly an irritated former employee who was among four department officials put on forced leave as a result of the Benghazi attack.
How will the Hillary Clinton administration respond to the new allegations posed against her?
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