Remember when Cheryl Mills accompanied Hillary Clinton as her attorney in a case for which she could also have been called as a witness? We hardly even knew how to think about that at the time. In court, judges typically don’t allow a potential witness in a case to also serve as a lawyer, for obvious reasons. That person can be either a witness or a lawyer, but not both. You’d think members of a Congressional committee might have a problem with that, too.
Well, the same strangely cozy arrangement is on display again in Clinton World. When Hillary’s campaign chairman John Podesta was called in to meet with Congressional investigators regarding that infamous Russia dossier from Fusion GPS, guess who was there as his lawyer?
In case the name “Marc Elias” doesn’t ring a bell, I’ll let this excerpt from CNN’s report refresh your memory: READ MORE.
“Sitting next to Podesta during the interview: his attorney Marc Elias, who worked for the law firm that hired Fusion GPS to continue research on Trump on behalf of the Clinton campaign and DNC, multiple sources said.”
What?? (Sound of brakes screeching.) Let’s all stop and think about that for a moment.
The story goes on to clarify: “Elias was only there in his capacity as Podesta’s attorney and not as a witness.”
Oh, okay. Then I suppose that, as Podesta’s attorney, he can now invoke attorney-client privilege if investigators decide at some point that it might be enlightening to question him, too. This arrangement is so crazy, I’m surprised that any court of law --- or even a meeting with members of Congress that calls for legal counsel --- would allow it. The meeting took place before it was revealed that Hillary’s campaign and the DNC had paid millions of dollars to Fusion GPS to finance the Russia dossier. Now that those dots have been connected, it might be good to put Marc Elias in the hot seat as well, but since he's John Podesta’s attorney, his own lawyer (another Clinton crony?) will likely be able to keep him out of it. Then he won't have to bother pleading the Fifth as two Fusion GPS people have done.
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