Saturday, June 4, 2016

Cheryl Mills said 'I don't remember' 34 times in Clinton email deposition and Benghazi House testimony

Longtime Hillary Clinton aide, Cheryl D. Mills - who served as Counselor and Chief of Staff to the former Secretary of State from January 21, 2009 to February 1, 2013 - said "I don't remember" 34 times while testifying about two key scandals.

On May 27, 2016, Mills was deposed in regards to the Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:13-cv-01363), concerning the use of non-government emails. According to the transcript, Mills said "I don't remember" nine times. She also said she didn't "recall" or "recollect" when questioned a number of times during the deposition.

"Cheryl Mills’ handling of a now-forgotten email scandal that unfolded during the Bill Clinton White House era was 'loathsome' and 'totally inadequate' a federal judge wrote in a scathing opinion in a 2008 lawsuit, Chuck Ross reported for Daily Caller on June 1, 2016.

Mills claimed she couldn't recollect even testifying during the 2008 trial based on an earlier lawsuit by Judicial Watch over 1.8 million emails that went missing during former President Bill Clinton's administration.

After being asked if she recalled speaking to the State Department in December of 2008 or January of 2009 about the usage of "devices to communicate via e-mail," Mills said she didn't remember, but "imagined it would have occurred close in time to when we were onboarding."

"Probably just weren't significant in my mind," Mills claimed.

Mills also testified that she couldn't remember if she had to request for a State Department email account to be created for herself and if there was an email "within the Secretary's office" regarding Clinton's switch from an AT&T account to the unsecured personal server.

Although Mills recalled that an assistant gave support for "six, seven, eight months" she apologized that she couldn't remember her name. "And not because she didn't do a great job," Mills added.

Dennis McDonough was appointed to the National Security Council after President Obama's election before becoming Deputy National Security Advisor on October 22, 2010, but Mills couldn't "remember if he came into the government first with the President and then left or if he came in later and then..." nor could she recall "what his title was or what his capacity was."

Mills also couldn't remember if Hillary Clinton's former Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin, who now serves as the vice chair for the 2016 presidential campaign ever discussed having email troubles during Hurricane Sandy, which occurred in late October of 2012, or even if the department's servers were down "during that time period or not."

Finally, Mills said it was "odd" that she couldn't recall sending a test email to Clinton due to "issues receiving" them. She said, "Obviously I sent her an e-mail that says Test, but I don't have a recollection of it."

During her September 3, 2015 testimony before the U.S. House of Representative Select Committee on Benghazi, Mills used the phrase "I don't remember" twenty-five times, according to the transcript.

In both testimonies, most of the things Mills says she didn't remember were common knowledge, reported widely by the media, or answers to questions she presumably would have been prepped by her lawyers upon.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

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Since late February, I've had 30 stories published by the Daily Caller, mostly on presidential candidates Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton; and former contenders Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. I've also done stories on Pakistan, the Panama Papers and President Barack Obama. Even though I'm liberal, the Daily Caller lets me report fairly and critically on all the candidates. Regretfully, many left-leaning journalists and readers refuse to read articles based on where they are published, even though I'm an independent reporter, and no one ever tells me what to write and my stories are never one-sided. All my Daily Caller articles can be read here: link.

The Washington Post, The New York Times and Wired have added corrections to many articles based on my reporting, but have never credited me once. Unfortunately, some of my work has also been plagiarized or presented as new news, even though I reported it months earlier. The Washington Post's Tom Hamburger and Politico's Rachael Bade stories reported articles on Teneo and how it relates to the Clintons, and even though both contacted me before publishing, neither of them gave me credit for breaking their "exclusives" first. Both of them, and their editors, along with media critics who regularly report on plagiarism ignored my complaints in emails, tweets and Direct Messages, regarding this unethical injustice.

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Here are a few of my Daily Caller articles: Sanders Took Heat From The Anti-War Left Over Gulf War, Yugoslavia Intervention; Ambassador Joked About State Dept. ‘Incompetent Nincompoops’ After Mystery Hostage Release; Ex-Army Chief Quietly Hired By Firm With Close Clinton Ties; Longtime Clinton Aide Also Used Personal Email Address At State Department; and Hillary’s IT Guru Jokes About Security Risks Posed By Federal Employees Using Personal Mobile Devices [VIDEO] by Chuck Ross, who noted, "Former RAWSTORY Executive Editor Ron Brynaert — who recently reported for the Daily Caller that another longtime Hillary Clinton aide used a private email address while working at the State Department — provided some research for this article."

Last year, Judicial Watch did an entire article on my reporting on Teneo and the Clintons, which can be read at this link. It's one of the first articles that come up on Google searches for "Teneo." I also had an article published on the front page of the Washington Times op-ed section called A liberal take on the Clinton email scandal, which was mostly about the dangers of the revolving door at the White House.

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Original post from February 26, 2015:

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Since leaving RAW STORY, I worked with David Corn and Mother Jones on a story based on WikiLeaks documents called "Does an Al Qaeda 'Anthrax Operative' Own New York Pharmacies?", Jennifer Preston and The New York Times on "Fake identities were used on Twitter to get information on Weiner", Kevin Morris at The Daily Dot on "Gen. John Allen didn't troll Jill Kelley on Wikipedia" and, most recently, with Chuck Johnson at Got News on multiple stories about NBC News anchor Brian Williams including "April 2003 Essay Proves #BrianWilliams Apology & Faulty Memory Story Are Fake" and "2003 NBC News Book Claimed Brian Williams Was on 'Receiving End of an Ambush'".

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Former CENTCOM commander victim of 'cybersecurity incident' Hillary Clinton didn't report

The State Department's inspector general report reveals that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and two key staff members failed to report a potential hacking attempt that was referred to as a "cybersecurity incident" they received on Friday the 13th in May of 2011.

A footnote on page 40 of the report states, "In another incident occurring on May 13, 2011, two of Secretary Clinton’s immediate staff discussed via email the Secretary’s concern that someone was 'hacking into her email' after she received an email with a suspicious link."



"Several hours later, Secretary Clinton received an email from the personal account of then-Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs that also had a link to a suspect website," the footnote continues. "The next morning, Secretary Clinton replied to the email with the following message to the Under Secretary: 'Is this really from you? I was worried about opening it!'”

The link in the email sent by Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs William Joseph Burns appears to be a virus that could have infected multiple email accounts belonging to one of her top aides and former officials, including the former Commander in Chief of the United States Central Command (CENTCOM).

Along with Clinton, the possible malware virus was sent to Joseph E. Macmanus, who served as Secretary Clinton's Executive Assistant until April of 2011, before becoming Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs in May. Clinton cc'd her response to the email to Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin, who is now the vice chairwoman of her 2016 presidential campaign.

It was also sent to former US ambassador to Morocco Marc Ginsberg; Sr. Vice President, Public Affairs, Communications & Governance Apache Corporation Sarah Teslik; retired United States Marine Corps general and former CENTCOM Commander in Chief Anthony Charles Zinni; Philip N. Remler, the Head of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Mission to Moldova; U.S./Middle East Project President Henry Siegman; Mark Foulon, former Deputy Undersecretary for Industry and Security at the Department of Commerce from 2003 to 2006 and Acting Under Secretary of Industry and Security from 2006 to 2007; and unknown persons referred to as "sburns" and "iburns."

The footnote adds: "Department policy requires employees to report cybersecurity incidents to IRM security officials when any improper cyber-security practice comes to their attention. 12 FAM 592.4 (January 10, 2007). Notification is required when a user suspects compromise of, among other things, a personally owned device containing personally identifiable information. 12 FAM 682.2-6 (August 4, 2008)."

"However, OIG found no evidence that the Secretary or her staff reported these incidents to computer security personnel or anyone else within the Department," the inspector general report noted.

Another embarrassing error in Washington Post reporting of Clinton emails

(Update: Three hours after publishing this article and alerting four Washington Post journalists, I noticed today's typo was fixed, but there was no editor's note for the correction added. The error can still be viewed at other outlets that picked up the Washington Post story which was published four hours before my article. But the December 31, 2015 typo still hasn't been fixed)

Nearly six months after I reported about an embarrassing mistake by the Washington Post in its reporting on Hillary Clinton's email scandal, there was another one in a top article published today.

At The Washington Post, Rosalind S. Helderman wrote on December 31, 2015: "In the emails released most recently, for instance, Clinton thanked a top aide, Joe McManus, in July 2012 for forwarding what appeared to be information about a threat against her long-serving close personal aide, Huma Abedin...as part of an email chain titled 'Huma' and that included the State Department's top security officer, Eric Bosworth. Abedin's primary residence with her husband, former Rep. Anthony Weiner, was in Manhattan."

The "State Department's top security officer" was actually Eric Boswell, not Bosworth, as the Post wrongly reported.

Ms. Helderman and multiple Washington Post reporters and editors have ignored emails and tweets about that typo, which they still haven't corrected.

Today, in another story that Helderman worked on, Carol Morello and Jia Lynn Yang reported: "In June 2011, there were two hacking attempts on the Clinton email system in one day. An adviser to President Bill Clinton tried to shut down the server each time."

However, the screenshot from page 19 of the State Department inspector general report, that the paper ran right beneath those sentences, clearly states, "On January 9, 2011, the non-Departmental advisor to President Clinton who provided technical support to the Clinton email system notified the Secretary’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations that he had to shut down the server because he believed 'someone was trying to hack us and while they did not get in i didnt [sic] want to let them have the chance to.' Later that day, the advisor again wrote to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, 'We were attacked again so I shut [the server] down for a few min.'"

"Tom Hamburger, Rosalind Helderman and Carol D. Leonnig contributed to this report," today's Washington Post article notes at the bottom.

As usual, I will tweet this article to the reporters about the error, and, as usual, I presume my tweets will be ignored and it won't be corrected. I won't be tweeting Pulitzer winner @CarolLeonnig, because she has blocked me on Twitter for criticizing her reporting in 8 tweets on 4 separate days last year.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Daily Caller stories

Sorry, I've promised a few new blog posts the past couple of months, but I've been busy working on stories that have been published at Daily Caller instead.

I have more to add to some of these stories, that I'll eventually blog about here, but, in the meantime, in case you don't know, my twitter account is at @ronbryn, and my Daily Caller articles can all be accessed at this link.

This blog isn't dying. I'll still be doing stuff here, too. See you, soon.

Friday, April 22, 2016

After sniffing pot leaves, Orthodox rabbis decide it's Kosher for Passover

Two leading Orthodox rabbis sniffed some pot plants this week in Israel and okayed it for Passover, but only for medicinal purposes.

88-year-old Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, who is "widely considered the leading living ultra-Orthodox halachic authority", and Rabbi Yitzchak Zilberstein blessed the weed, after prodding from the pro-marijuana group Siach.

Passover is an eight-day Jewish holiday, which has strict dietary rules, but the rabbis said that it was kosher to eat or smoke it, but only if it isn't for recreational purposes. "Kanievky stipulated that in normal circumstances the plant is considered a member of the kitniyot group of legumes and pulses that are banned on Passover among Jews of Ashkenazi origin," The Times of Israel reported.

Many US states have passed or are pushing legalization laws for marijuania, but critics claim that it's far too easy to get prescriptions, since anyone can claim stress as a medicinal purpose.

According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, at the White House's website, "Confusing messages being presented by popular culture, media, proponents of 'medical' marijuana, and political campaigns to legalize all marijuana use perpetuate the false notion that marijuana is harmless."

Even though some elected Republicans and Democratic officials want the White House to deschedule marijuana as a Class I narcotic, the office contends that these actions "significantly diminishes efforts tkeep our young people drug free and hampers the struggle of those recovering from addiction."

Three of the five current candidates still running for the 2016 presidential favor various forms of legalization, The Huffington Post recently noted. Democratic rivals Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are considered marijuana friendly, and Republican Ted Cruz believes the decision should be left up to states. Donald Trump and John Kasich have been a little bit harsher about the topic, but haven't completely decided against some form of legalization.

"Mazel Tov, Jewish stoners!" gossip columnist Perez Hilton wrote in response to the news today.

"Blessed is Hashem our God, King of the universe, who has created types of fragrances," was the blessing, according to an English transcripted posted on the following video.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Country Music Labels Won't Tell States To Take LGBT Laws And Shove Them

At least five country music labels contacted by the Associated Press refuse to say anything about laws passed or proposed against LGBT people in multiple states, even though some artists have denounced discrimination against gays.

Universal Music Group Nashville, Curb Records, Warner Music Nashville, Sony Music Nashville and Big Machine Label Group have opted to remain mum, the AP reports. Some platinum-selling performers such as Emmylou Harris, Billy Ray Cyrus, and his daughter Miley Cyrus have condemned the bills and laws.

On Monday, the Tennessee legislature passed a Republican-sponsored bill, which "declares that no person providing counseling or therapy services shall be required to counsel or serve a client as to goals, outcomes, or behaviors that conflict with a sincerely held religious belief of the counselor or therapist." GOP Gov. Bill Haslam hasn't said whether he would sign it into law, yet.

Yesterday, "responding to backlash," the Washington Post reported, Republican North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory penned an executive order that would help LGBT state employees maintain their jobs. PayPal and Deutsche Bank called off expansion that would cost the state hundreds of jobs, and Bruce Springsteen is skipping the state on his latest tour. But, in a video message, McCrory stated that his order “maintains common sense gender-specific restroom and locker facilities in government buildings and in our schools.”

South Carolina may pass similar laws, while Mississipi already did, and rocker Bryan Adams recently cancelled a show in the latter state.

"The people who are at risk are people like my son who would really be called out publicly, and anyone who is a trans person knows that can escalate into a really dangerous situation," Gretchen Peters, who wrote Martina McBride's "Independence Day" and co-wrote and performed "When You Love Someone" with Adams told the AP. "I live in fear of that as a mother."

Unlike the labels, some music industry related firms have issued condemnations.

Reacting to the actions by Springsteen and Adams, concert producer Live Nation stated that it "supports our artists' efforts to take a stand against this exclusionary and unfair law." Country Music Television called the restroom bill "inconsistent with our values," and Country Music Association CEO Sarah Trahern said the firm behind the CMA awards is "working closely with the City of Nashville to offer all of our visitors and residents an inclusive environment where they feel welcome."