FBI Director James Comey made excuses for Hillary Clinton’s former State Department chief of staff Cheryl Mills on Wednesday when asked about conflicting statements she made to federal investigators about when she learned of the former secretary of state’s private email server.
“Having done many investigations myself, there’s always conflicting recollections of facts, some of which are central [to the investigation], some of which are peripheral,” Comey told Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz during a House Judiciary Committee hearing.
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“I think she lied to everybody,” Chaffetz said of Mills later Wednesday during an interview with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly.
He pointed to email chains involving Mills in which the email server was discussed. One email from Feb. 27, 2010 appears to completely undermine Mills’ dual assertions that she did not know about Clinton’s server and that she did not know what an email server was.
“hrc email coming back — is server okay?” she asked in a Feb. 27, 2010 message to Huma Abedin, Clinton’s deputy chief of staff, and Justin Cooper, a longtime aide to Bill Clinton who helped set up the Clinton server.
“Ur funny. We are on the same server,” Cooper responded.
Mills and Abedin were also involved in an Aug. 30, 2011 exchange in which State Department official Stephen Mull mentioned that Clinton’s “email server is down.”
“Come on, there’s direct evidence that she actually did know,” Chaffetz told Fox’s Megyn Kelly on Wednesday, adding that Comey’s defense of Mills “makes no sense.” (RELATED: Hillary Aides Told FBI They Didn’t Know About Server, But Emails Suggest Otherwise)
Abedin, who also told the FBI that she did now know about Clinton’s server until after she left the State Department, was involved in another email exchange with Cooper discussing the server.
“Had to shut down the server,” Cooper wrote to Abedin on Jan. 9, 2011, adding that “someone was trying to hack us.”
Cooper also told the FBI that he discussed the server with Abedin in early 2009 as Clinton’s private email system was being set up.
Chaffetz did not focus on Abedin during his exchange with Comey on Wednesday. That’s probably because, even though Abedin may have misled the FBI, Mills has emerged as a more important figure in the never-ending email scandal.
It was recently revealed that the Justice Department gave her immunity so that she would turn over the laptop she used in 2014 to sort through Clinton’s emails. Comey told Congress that since Mills was serving as Clinton’s lawyer, she likely would not have turned over the laptop without a fight.
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