Early Saturday morning, the New York Post reported that Barack Obama used a previously-unknown fake name to communicate with Hillary Clinton on her private email server. That report, however, flies in the face of a 2015 New York Times article that said Obama didn’t know about the private server.
According to the Post, top Hillary aide Huma Abedin was “shocked” when she learned of it:
“How is that not classified?” Abedin “exclaimed” to investigators when shown a copy of the 2012 exchange between Clinton and Obama, according to a trove of 189-pages of FBI documents dumped Friday night into Clinton’s use of the private server.
After learning that the president used email with a pseudonym — apparently to try to protect his identity — Abedin asked her interrogators if she could keep a copy of the email.
The FBI documents don’t reveal if they let Abedin take a copy home with her.
“This exchange strongly suggests Clinton and the president knowingly discussed classified material in an unclassified setting and hence broke the law,” said Raj Shah, the research director at the Republican National Committee.
The State Department has refused to make public that and other emails Clinton exchanged with Obama. Lawyers have cited the “presidential communications privilege,” a variation of executive privilege, in order to withhold the messages under the Freedom of Information Act.
The report doesn’t provide more details on the contents of that particular email exchange, but says it took place on June 28, 2012, and had the subject line: “Re: Congratulations.” It may refer to the Supreme Court’s ruling that day upholding a key portion of the Obamacare law.
A report on the FBI’s June 7, 2016 interview with “Guccifer” confirms FBI Director James Comey’s claim that Lazar falsely asserted that he’d surreptitiously accessed Clinton’s server.
But this is what the New York Times reported on March 7, 2015:
In an interview with Bill Plante of CBS News, Mr. Obama said the policy of his administration was to “encourage transparency” and that he was pleased that Mrs. Clinton had instructed the State Department to turn over her emails for archiving.
“My emails, the Blackberry I carry around, all those records are available and archived,” Mr. Obama said, according to an excerpt from the interview released Saturday evening. “I’m glad that Hillary’s instructed that those emails about official business need to be disclosed.”
In the portion of the interview that was released, Mr. Obama did not address how he could have avoided noticing that Mrs. Clinton was sending emails from a “clintonemail.com” address throughout the years she served in his administration. Mrs. Clinton’s use of a private email system was first reported by The New York Times last week.
In other words — Obama was not only aware of the private server, he actually communicated with Clinton on the server using a fake name — then lied about it.
But we’re supposed to think this is all a conspiracy theory cooked up by Donald Trump or the Russians.
Exit question: Why aren’t all of these people in jail right now?
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- Emails suggest Hillary conspired with Democrat to manipulate Benghazi hearing
- Emails show Huma Abedin left classified material unsecured in front seat of car
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