Frank Camp, DailyWire
Left behind in the ongoing deluge of WikiLeaks and FBI releases are two emails that could do serious damage to President Obama.
In late-September, the FBI released a cache of documents in which it was revealed that Obama used a pseudonym when emailing Hillary Clinton on her private server. Only one such email was mentioned, and the State Department is withholding it under “presidential communications privilege.”
Daily Wire previously reported that when the FBI interviewed Clinton aide Huma Abedin on April 5, 2016, and showed her the email, she allegedly said: “How is this not classified?” The FBI report notes that Abedin “expressed her amazement at the president’s use of a pseudonym and asked if she could have a copy of the email.”
This doesn’t mesh with the president’s answers regarding Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
During a March 7, 2015, interview, CBS’
Bill Plante asked the president when he found out that Clinton was using a private server for “official business.” Obama replied: “The same time everybody else learned it–through news reports.”
Now, WikiLeaks has released an email allegedly from the account of Hillary Clinton campaign chair, John Podesta, in which Clinton aide and attorney, Cheryl Mills, calls for a cleanup of the situation, writing, “We need to clean this up – he has emails from her – they do not say state.gov.”
Two days after that email was sent, White House press secretary, Josh Earnest, did his best to clarify:
The point that the President was making is not that he didn’t know Secretary Clinton’s email address–he did–but he was not aware of the details of how that email address and that server had been set up or how Secretary Clinton and her team were planning to comply with the Federal Records Act.
As if that weren’t bad enough, Obama dropped the ball again during an interview with 60 Minutes’ Steve Kroft just seven months later:
KROFT: “Did you know about Hillary Clinton’s use of private email server–”
KROFT: “–while she was Secretary of State?”
Obama flatly lied on multiple occasions. He knew about Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was Secretary of State because he sent emails to that private server. He likely understood the impropriety of such a setup because he used a pseudonym in his email. If he believed, as Josh Earnest said, that Clinton was somehow complying with the Federal Records Act, why did he use a pseudonym?
Moreover, the WikiLeaks email from Cheryl Mills implies guilt on Obama’s part. Mills clearly knew that Obama’s correspondence with Clinton over a private email account was a problem that needed to be cleaned up. If the president’s behavior was above-board, there would be no clean-up required.
This is a deadly serious issue because it implicates the president in Hillary Clinton’s alleged crimes, into which the FBI has now reopened its investigation. The media seems content to let this wash away in the waves of information being dumped every other day by WikiLeaks, but it needs to be deeply scrutinized.