Irish documentary filmmakers Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney are tackling the Clinton email controversy in a series of videos they’ve dubbed “The Films that Hillary and Her Cronies Don’t Want You to See.”
For the past several weeks, members of Hillary Clinton’s staff have been giving depositions under oath to Judicial Watch regarding her use of a private email server while secretary of State. The testimonies and other discovery came about in a Judicial Watch FOIA lawsuit that sought records about the controversial employment status of Huma Abedin, former deputy chief of staff to Clinton during her tenure at the State Department. When revelations about the clintonemail.com system came to light, the lawsuit was reopened and Judge Emmet Sullivan ordered that all deposition transcripts be made publicly available.
The depositions are being filmed, but Hillary’s lawyers managed to persuade the judge to block the release of the tapes until after the election.
This is where McAleer and McElhinney come in. They hired actors to play the parts of the Clinton staffers and lawyers from both sides, to act out highlights from the depositions. Their first docudrama on the Cheryl Mills deposition brings the dry, seemingly tedious transcript to life.
“George Orwell described journalism as ‘something somebody somewhere doesn’t want published,'” McAleer says. “So we are going to commit a series of acts of journalism.”
Today we’re releasing a film of Cheryl Mills’ deposition highlights, using the transcript–her actual words. Cheryl Mills has worked for the Clintons for almost 30 years. She was Hillary’s Chief of Staff at the State Department.
Cheryl Mills’ evidence is amazing, full of classic Clintonian evasions. She used the phrase “I don’t remember” or “I don’t recall” 189 times. This deserves to be brought to a wider audience–not censored and hidden away. And we now have it on film. (You can share the film with your friends by sending them to ClintonEmailsOnFilm.com.)
These short videos will be: “The Films that Hillary and Her Cronies Don’t Want You to See.”
There will be a total of five short films–ending with Huma Abedin’s deposition at the end of the month. And if the depositions uncover enough evidence, then the judge could give them permission to depose Hillary. That will be a great film!
The husband and wife filmmakers are raising money for their latest project at clintonemailsonfilm.com.