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Clinton Mafia Eyes the White House

A slew of dirty players from the past are ready to return to prime time with Hillary

As with anyone who is both powerful and corrupt, the Clintons need a cadre of loyalists around them willing to keep their secrets and fall on the various swords they leave lying around.

During Bill’s administration, the couple assembled their own personal Praetorian Guard, many of whom will be signing up for service again should Hillary seize the White House. This should frighten you very much, because several of these characters are deeply unsavory and because, beyond saving Bill’s skin after he was impeached, they didn’t do a very good job.

Sure, the economy expanded under Bill Clinton, but he was mostly surfing the wave of the Reagan expansion and he left a recession for his successor, George W. Bush. Meantime, Bill’s foreign policy incompetence gave us a nuclear North Korea and Osama Bin Laden — and of course, endless scandal that began during Clinton’s first year and never stopped.

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And that’s why many of Bill and Hillary’s old White House consiglieri are ready for duty, eager to bury the bodies again in exchange for the power that rubs off from the Clintons.

Here are a few you can expect to see stalking the halls of Hillary’s West Wing should she win the White House.

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Sidney Blumenthal
Blumenthal was a senior White House adviser to Bill Clinton — powerful but operating somewhat mysteriously below the radar.

Sid did such a good job at whatever he was doing that Hillary wanted him in the State Department in 2009, but apparently he spent too much time during the 2008 primary campaign spreading ugly rumors about Obama in his quiet way, so he was banned. That didn’t stop Hillary from bringing him in through the back door, using Blumenthal as an informal adviser. And so, with Sidney effectively working at both State and in the private sector, a typical Clintonian conflict of interest arose as he furnished her with advice on Libya while also working with business associates seeking contracts from the new Libyan government.

If Hillary becomes president, there will be no nitpicking from the Obamaites, and she will put Blumenthal somewhere in the West Wing where he can work on Fourth Way and Fifth Way projects.

Cheryl Mills

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Cheryl Mills
Just imagine what we could find out if we could only administer truth serum to Cheryl Mills, assuming she isn’t immune to it. She’s been the Clinton’s messy matters private for years.

Under Bill Clinton, she was a young attorney in the White House Counsel’s office who dazzled onlookers with her bravo performance before the Senate during Bill’s impeachment trial. That was good enough for Hillary, who made her chief of staff in the State Department. And in another conflict of interest, Mills was permitted for her first four months on duty to continue negotiating with Abu Dhabi on behalf of New York University.

This busy gal is nearly a lock for White House chief of staff. Especially after she proved her skill at keeping her trap shut a few days ago during a deposition in a lawsuit concerning Hillary’s emails, repeatedly claiming attorney-client privilege.

Huma Abedin

Huma Abedin
Huma has basically devoted her entire adult life to the Clintons, starting as a George Washington University student intern in Bill’s White House, assigned to the first lady’s office. In 2009, she became deputy chief of staff at the State Department and, like her boss Cheryl Mills, spawned yet another conflict of interest by continuing her consultant work with various private-sector clients — including the Clinton Foundation. She would probably reprise her role as deputy chief of staff, this time in the White House. Don’t recognize her? Picture her whispering into Hillary’s ear. Yes. She’s that one.

Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton
The greatest, hoariest — no pun intended, honestly — member of the reconstituted Clinton administration tribe would no doubt be Slick Willie himself. Hillary has already said she is going to put him in charge of the economy, but Bill’s wandering eye will certainly focus on every and any issue he feels he wants to tackle. He will be the first former president sleeping, eating, and working in the White House, and he and Hillary have always had a good working relationship, even if other types of relations ended years ago.

There is no telling what internal fires he will set for Huma and Cheryl to put out. If you liked the corruption and misdoings of the Bill Clinton presidency, you are going to be enraptured once he gets back in the White House and doesn’t have to answer to the press or anyone else. Remember, even if her genuine belief in his political and policy acumen wavers, he’s got all the goods on Hillary and can do whatever he wants. His presence in the White House ensures that America will have the first de facto co-presidency since Edith Wilson found Woodrow on the bathroom floor crippled by a massive stroke and began running the country herself.

Terry McAuliffe

Terry McAuliffe
The Clintons literally owe a debt (plus the vig) to McAuliffe, who raised hundreds of millions of dollars for Bill while he was president. “I’ve met all of my business contacts through politics. It’s all interrelated,” the slippery McAuliffe told The New York Times in 1999. McAuliffe, now governor of Virginia, is currently under investigation by the FBI (for potentially illegal contributions to his gubernatorial campaign) — but heck, so is Hillary. Look for him to find some extra-high-priced lawyers to “clear his name” and then become secretary of commerce under Mrs. Clinton. Or ambassador to Britain, his dream job.

Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel
The current mayor of Chicago’s term doesn’t end until mid-2019, about two years into the next presidential administration. And two years in is exactly the moment when many presidents face some kinds of crisis of leadership and are forced to look outside the White House for a “wise man” with experience to rescue the ship as it takes on water. Rahm possesses an endless supply of energy and epithets and could be the perfect foil for Hillary’s enemies while re-energizing a White House rocked by scandal and incompetence, which no doubt is what’s coming under Hillary Clinton. Rahm served in Bill’s White House for five years and has seen it all. Will he return? Perhaps, if he doesn’t get shot on the mean streets of the city.

Bruce Lindsey

Bruce Lindsey
Lindsey was the ultimate consigliere for Bill Clinton, who brought him to Washington from Arkansas. Lindsey operated entirely in the shadows of the West Wing as Bill’s right-hand man. His duties included parrying the investigations that perennially plagued the boss. The Clintons have kept him around — hes currently chairman of the board of the Clinton Foundation — and he may well be back to run interference as the inevitable scandals metastasize once Hillary assumes office.

John Podesta

John Podesta
Podesta, the Clinton 2016 campaign chairman, was White House chief of staff during Bill’s Monica crisis and kept the whole show from closing early as Clinton endured the impeachment. No doubt he’ll do the same for Hillary if she is impeached, whether while serving as chief of staff or in some other position. But Podesta’s real passion is policy. If he joins Hillary’s administration, it will be in a post where he can ensure as much socialism is inflicted on the country as possible.

Jennifer Palmieri

Jennifer Palmieri
Palmieri worked as a mid-level aide in Bill Clinton’s White House and has steadily climbed the ladders of power, serving as President Obama’s communications director before taking the same role with Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign. Look for her to again be in charge of communications in Hillary’s White House, if she doesn’t serve in an even more senior role as a counselor to the president.

Maggie Williams

Maggie Williams
She’s not formally with Hillary’s campaign, but she has for years been a made woman within the Clinton family, close to both Bill and Hillary. She was Mrs. Clinton’s chief of staff at the White House and was accused of removing boxes of files from White House Counsel Vince Foster’s office after his death in 1993. Definitely reliable, and perhaps ready to be made.

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