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By Doug Powers  •  September 16, 2014 09:52 AM

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As always, when we talk about new info about Benghazi (or the IRS, or Fast & Furious, or any other “not a smidgen of corruption”-related story), cue Drebin:

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According to reporter Sharyl Attkisson, former Deputy Assistant Secretary Raymond Maxwell has already told these same allegations to some members of Congress looking into Benghazi. We’ll see how much of this comes up in the Select Committee on Benghazi hearings which begin tomorrow:

As the House Select Committee on Benghazi prepares for its first hearing this week, a former State Department diplomat is coming forward with a startling allegation: Hillary Clinton confidants were part of an operation to “separate” damaging documents before they were turned over to the Accountability Review Board investigating security lapses surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.

New Benghazi allegation puts spotlight on Hillary Clinton confidants, alleged after-hours document review.

According to former Deputy Assistant Secretary Raymond Maxwell, the after-hours session took place over a weekend in a basement operations-type center at State Department headquarters in Washington, D.C. This is the first time Maxwell has publicly come forward with the story.

At the time, Maxwell was a leader in the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, which was charged with collecting emails and documents relevant to the Benghazi probe.

“I was not invited to that after-hours endeavor, but I heard about it and decided to check it out on a Sunday afternoon,” Maxwell says.

He didn’t know it then, but Maxwell would ultimately become one of four State Department officials singled out for discipline—he says scapegoated—then later cleared for devastating security lapses leading up to the attacks.

Somebody check Sandy Berger’s pants!

Read it all here. Attkisson is a heck of a comprehensive reporter, which might be why CBS didn’t want her around. Wonder why.

Also remember that 80 percent of the Benghazi Accountability Review Board was hand-picked by Hillary Clinton, and they never interviewed her. Possibly because they knew what she was going to say and decided to save everybody some time (one of the upsides of choosing your friends to investigate your department).

This caught my eye:

We contacted Mills and Sullivan to ask about the allegations and the purpose of the described separation of documents, but they did not return calls or emails. We reached out to Clinton, who declined an interview request and offered no comment. A State Department spokesman told us it would have been impossible for anybody outside the Accountability Review Board (ARB) to control the flow of information because the board cultivated so many sources.

When a government official says something is “impossible” that should set off more red flags than a Moscow May Day parade.

(Video h/t Real Clear Politics)

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