It looks like President Obama may not have been completely honest when he told the press he only learned of Hillary Clinton’s private email server “at the same time everybody else learned it through news reports.”
On Friday, The FBI dropped nearly 200 pages of notes from their investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server. The notes detailed interviews with some of her most trusted aides as well as senior State Department officials.
One of the most notable revelations was that President Obama used a pseudonym to email Clinton on the non-secure email system, even though he claimed to not have known about it. We now find out that he knew all along and actually engaged in the same type of misconduct as Clinton.
The National Review’s Andrew McCarthy suggests that this may be the reason why the Justice Department would never have prosecuted Hillary Clinton. “Hillary couldn’t be proven guilty without proving the president guilty as well,” he writes.
This latest detail in the Clinton email saga was revealed via an April FBI interview with longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin. Abedin was shown an old email exchange between Clinton and Obama with the subject line: “Re: Congratulations” and the date June 28, 2012. At first, Abedin did not recognize the name of the sender but was then informed “the sender’s name is believed to be a pseudonym used by the President.”
According to the report, “Abedin exclaimed ‘How is this not classified?’ Abedin then expressed her amazement at the President’s use of a pseudonym…” and his conducting of official government communication on a non-secure email system, which is an obvious security breach.
[T]his is why the prosecution of Mrs. Clinton never had a chance of happening. It also explains why, in his public statements about the matter, Obama insisted that Clinton’s e-mailing of classified information did not harm national security. It is why Obama, in stark contrast to his aforementioned executive order, made public statements pooh-poohing the fact that federal law forbids the mishandling of any intelligence secret. (“There’s classified, and then there’s classified,” he said, so cavalierly.) He had to take this position because he had himself effectively endorsed the practice of high-level communications through non-secure channels.
This is also why the Justice Department and the FBI effectively rewrote the relevant criminal statute in order to avoid applying it to Clinton. In his public statements about Clinton, Obama has stressed that she is an exemplary public servant who would never intentionally harm the United States. In rationalizing their decision not to indict Clinton, Justice Department officials (in leaks to the Washington Post) and the FBI director (in his press conference and congressional testimony) similarly stressed the lack of proof that she intended to harm the United States.
According to Politico, The State Department will not make the email public (as well as other exchanges between Clinton and Obama) citing the “presidential communications privilege.” Unfortunately, we have no other details at this time on the particular email exchange, its content, or what the president’s alternative email account was.