Longtime Hillary Clinton aide Cheryl Mills’ interview last week with the FBI did not go as smoothly as perhaps she would have liked. According to the Washington Post, she briefly walked out of the interview when an investigator asked her a question that she considered “off limits.” Mills, a lawyer who served as Clinton’s chief of staff while she was secretary of state, reportedly needed to consult with her own lawyer when a question about Clinton’s emails got too hot to handle.
The Post reported that Mills and the Department of Justice had set pre-determined boundaries on the interview process. Investigators were reportedly supposed to avoid asking questions about the email production procedure at the State Department.
According to the report, Mills was caught off guard when an FBI agent pressed her on the issue, and asked to leave the room to confer with her attorney:
Near the beginning of a recent interview, an FBI investigator broached a topic with longtime Hillary Clinton aide Cheryl Mills that her lawyer and the Justice Department had agreed would be off limits, according to several people familiar with the matter.
Mills and her lawyer left the room — though both returned a short time later — and prosecutors were somewhat taken aback that their FBI colleague had ventured beyond what was anticipated, the people said.
The Post reports that Mills returned after a short time and completed the interview.
The “off limits” question pertained to “the procedure used to produce emails to the State Department so they could possibly be released publicly” because according to sources, the information was considered confidential as an example of attorney-client privilege. Apparently while Ms. Mills was on the government payroll as Clinton’s chief of staff, she was also acting as her attorney. How very convenient for her that the DOJ agreed to keep certain topics off the table during FBI questioning.
Yesterday, the State Department said that it could not find any of the emails from Bryan Pagliano, the man who set up Hillary Clinton’s private email server and who served as Clinton’s IT expert while she was secretary of state. Another red flag, according to Fox News legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano, is that one of the State Department staffers interviewed by the FBI last week apparently suffered from severe memory loss during questioning, answering “I don’t remember, I don’t remember, I don’t remember” to all of the FBI’s questions. The investigation is getting “closer and closer to a perfect storm for Mrs. Clinton,” Napolitano said.