In March 1973, less than two months after being sworn in for his second term, President Richard Nixon announced that he had reluctantly accepted the resignation of John Erlichman and H.R. Halderman, who he called “two of the finest public servants it has been my privilege to know.”

Nixon looked into a television camera and, effectively looking the American people in the eye, assured them with defiance, “I am not a crook.”

Less than a year later, Nixon climbed the stairs of Marine One and left the White House for the last time.

If the old adage is true that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it, Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin may want to google “Erlichman” and “Halderman.”

Those longtime members of Nixon’s inner circle were his most loyal and trusted aides who carried out his plans and protected him when those plans went wrong – and both were later indicted, convicted, and ultimately sentenced to prison.

As Hillary Clinton’s carefully constructed arrangement to use her office as President Obama’s first Secretary of State as a moneymaking arm of the Clinton Family Foundation becomes more clear after investigations by the Inspector General and FBI, Congressional hearings and private lawsuits, the role of her closest aides and advisors is becoming better understood.

And it may well be that Abedin and Mills are Clinton’s Erlichman and Halderman.

The FBI has released a portion of the record of its investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email scheme revealing Mills’s key role in the cover-up, including destruction of evidence sought by Congress and obstruction of justice.

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Mills, who was President Bill Clinton’s counsel during his impeachment in 1998 and would likely return to the White House if Clinton is elected, has emerged in the FBI documents as the person responsible for choosing which of Clinton’s approximately 77,000 emails should be deleted while under subpoena from Congress.

The FBI report found that Mills also ordered the hard drive that stored the emails to be wiped by a Denver-based tech firm utilizing BleachBit software to effectively shred the digital data.

Clinton’s decision to conduct the nation’s diplomatic business through an unauthorized, secret and unsecured server in the basement of her home has raised questions about her integrity, truthfulness and fitness to be president.

In her efforts to dismiss the controversy, Clinton has taken a page from the Richard Nixon playbook, quoting almost verbatim the first – and to date, the only – president to resign in disgrace, as he tried to put to rest the scandal that would eventually bring down his presidency.

“I made my mistakes… I have never obstructed justice… I welcome this kind of examination...”

While they’re at it, Abedin and Mills might also google the name, “Rose Mary Woods” to see how loyal aides can sometimes do their masters a disservice by making subpoenaed evidence – whether 18 and ½ minutes of audio tape or 40,000 emails – disappear.

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