Obama said he learned of Hillary’s private server, “the same time as everyone else.” Yesterday’s FBI release says otherwise!
Video below shows Obama stating that he did not know about Hillary’s private email server:
Not so fast, Mr. President.
President Barack Obama used a pseudonym in email communications with Hillary Clinton and others, according to FBI records made public Friday.
The disclosure came as the FBI released its second batch of documents from its investigation into Clinton’s private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.
The 189 pages the bureau released includes interviews with some of Clinton’s closest aides, such as Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills; senior State Department officials; and even Marcel Lazar, better known as the Romanian hacker “Guccifer.”
In an April 5, 2016 interview with the FBI, Abedin was shown an email exchange between Clinton and Obama, but the longtime Clinton aide did not recognize the name of the sender.
“Once informed that the sender’s name is believed to be pseudonym used by the president, Abedin exclaimed: ‘How is this not classified?'” the report says. “Abedin then expressed her amazement at the president’s use of a pseudonym and asked if she could have a copy of the email.”
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.
So Obama clearly, knew. Why else would he use a pseudonym or fake name?
Earlier, ABC pressed Obama on the issue:
The president went in depth in his defense of his former secretary of state, even after saying he had to be careful because of the ongoing investigations in the Department of Justice and Congress.
“I continue to believe that she has not jeopardized America’s national security,” Obama said.
Obama was confronted about 2,000 email exchanges that had to be redacted for containing classified information when they were released by the State Department. Those emails were found to have passed through Clinton’s private email server.
“What I also know, because I handle a lot of classified information, is that there are — there’s classified, and then there’s classified,” said Obama, emphasizing his second use of “classified.” “There’s stuff that is really top secret, top secret, and there’s stuff that is being presented to the president or the secretary of state that you might not want on the transom or going out over the wire but is basically stuff that you could get in open-source.”
Obama seemed to become frustrated as he was pressed over and over by Fox News’ Chris Wallace about whether the investigation could be politicized. Obama repeatedly said he “guaranteed” that would not be the case.
“How many times do I have to say it, Chris? Guaranteed,” he said.
Apparently, it won’t be politicized, as they are all just sweeping the email issue under the rug.
No wonder the FBI is hesitant to recommend charges. The scandal goes all the way to the top.