Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton had five lawyers in tow when she arrived at the J. Edgar Hoover building in Washington for a voluntary interview with the FBI concerning her private email server.
The attorneys in her retinue were a familiar cast, several having represented the Clintons from the earliest days of Bill Clinton’s presidential administration.
Of the lawyers in Clinton’s company during her FBI interview, Kendall is her closest intimate and long time consigliere for the Clinton family. His tenure stems back to the fledgling Clinton presidency, when “Whitewater” was not yet part of the American political vernacular. A graduate of Yale Law School and clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron White, Kendall counseled Bill through the Monica Lewinsky affair and his impeachment trial. Between staging a successful defense of deposed CIA Director David Petraeus and advising the Clinton Foundation from his perch at Williams & Connolly, Kendall raised eyebrows for his handling of sensitive information during the FBI’s probe of Mrs. Clinton’s private email server. Discreet and camera-shy, his former adversary Kenneth Starr concedes he is one of the finest lawyers in the country.
Like Kendall, Mills has been a mainstay of Clinton World since her tenure as deputy White House Counsel in 1990s. In the intervening years she joined the Department of State as Clinton’s chief of staff and counseled her 2008 campaign for president. Mills’s role on Clinton’s defense team has stumped some observers, in so far as she was herself a subject of the FBI’s probe. As chief of staff to Clinton, she may have had intimate knowledge of the private server and attendant logistical issues — and she almost certainly is well-versed with the materials therein. In addition, federal ethics rules bar Mills from representing Clinton “in connection with a matter in which the lawyer participated personally and substantially as a public officer or employee.” As an individual who participated personally and substantially in her official capacity in the events being investigated, her presence in the interview is, at the least, odd. (RELATED: Exclusive: Hillary Aide Cheryl Mills OK’d Oil Deal That Put 500K In Bill’s Pocket)
Mills is a graduate of Stanford Law School.
Another power litigator from the Williams & Connolly shop, Turner is a graduate of Harvard Law School with a decade navigating complex civil litigation to her credit. She was retained in connection with the House Select Committee on Benghazi’s investigation of the U.S. Department of State. She later joined Kendall, Mills, and Samuelson in sorting through 60,000 emails maintained on Mrs. Clinton’s private email server prior to their release to the federal government.
Samuelson has kept a lower profile than her colleagues near Hillary Clinton, but is no less important to her operation. Samuelson has been with the Clinton’s since she joined HILLPAC as assistant treasurer in 2002. She later worked on the Clinton 2008 campaign legal team and joined the State Department in 2009, where she was senior advisor and White House liaison. Samuelson was the first individual to screen Mrs. Clinton’s emails to determine which were work-related and which were personal, and subject to deletion. Though Samuelson, a graduate of American University’s Washington College of Law, is an attorney, it is unclear what background she has in federal records-keeping laws.
Saharia’s name was redacted from the official FBI readout of the interview with Mrs. Clinton, for reasons which are still unclear. She joined Kendall and Turner at Williams & Connolly after graduating Duke School of Law and clerking for Justice Sonia Sotomayor. She has served as counsel with Kendall and Turner representing Hillary Clinton in Judicial Watch’s probe of the former Secretary of State.
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