Raymond Maxwell was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Maghreb (North Africa) Affairs at the State Department’s Bureau of Near East Affairs from 2011-2012. When Hillary Clinton removed him from this position and placed him on leave in the aftermath of the Benghazi attacks, Maxwell wrote a poem called “Invitation” which we posted here. The “invitation” as the poem made clear, was to “lynching” and it came from the “henchmen” of “the Queen” (Hillary Clinton).
Now, Maxwell is back in the news, and this time not for poetry. Maxwell tells Sharyl Attkisson that Hillary Clinton’s henchmen were part of an operation to “separate” damaging material before documents were turned over to the Accountability Review Board investigating security lapses in connection with the Benghazi attacks.
The alleged weeding out of documents took place during a weekend in a basement operations-type center at State Department headquarters in Washington, says Maxwell. He received no “invitation” to this event, but “heard about it and decided to check it out on a Sunday afternoon.” At this point, he had not yet been scapegoated for Benghazi.
When Maxwell arrived, he noticed boxes and stacks of documents. A State Department office director who, according to Maxwell was close to Clinton’s top advisers, was present. Although technically this office director worked for him, Maxwell says she didn’t consult with him about her weekend assignment.
Here’s what happened next, according to what Maxwell told Attkisson:
[The office director] 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 [where Clinton and her principal advisors worked] in a bad light. I asked her, “But isn’t that unethical?” She responded, “Ray, those are our orders.”
A few minutes later, says Maxwell, two high-ranking State Department officials entered the room. The two have been identified by Rep. Josh Chaffetz as Cheryl Mills and Jake Sullivan — the leading henchmen at the Queen’s disposal. Mills, who first came to prominence defending Bill Clinton during his impeachment, was not pleased to see Maxwell:
“Who are you?” [Mills snapped]. Jake explained, “That’s Ray Maxwell, an NEA Deputy Assistant Secretary.” She conceded, “Well, OK.”
The Accountability Review Board has been criticized for, among other things, a lack of thoroughness. Its co-chairmen have countered by claiming that they had “unfettered access to everyone and everything including all the documentation we needed.” But Maxwell’s account, if true, shows that the ARB’s access was not “unfettered.”
Maxwell’s allegations are of obvious interest to the House Select Committee on Benghazi. Attkisson reports that Trey Gowdy, the chairman of that body, has already interviewed Maxwell.
Josh Chaffetz, who has also spoken to Maxwell, tells Attkisson that his allegations “go to the heart of the integrity of the State Department” and “are as serious as it gets.” He adds that they have been “followed up and pursued.”
That can’t be good news for the Queen.