President Obama has been directly implicated in Hillary Clinton’s controversial private emails, according to documents recently released by the FBI. Sending emails to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton under an alias, Obama may have knowingly sent classified information through a poorly-secured private server.
We know that Obama was communicating with Clinton directly because Clinton’s close confidante, Huma Abedin, revealed details about her boss’ interactions with the White House during her whirlwind FBI testimony.
“‘How is this not classified?’” Abedin inquired, after being made aware that one of the emails sent by Clinton was directed to the president himself.
According to the FBI’s notes, Abedin was shocked to discover that the president was using a fake name to interact with her boss.
“Abedin then expressed her amazement at the president’s use of a pseudonym and asked if she could have a copy of the email,” stated the FBI.
In typical Clintonian fashion, Abedin wanted a piece of the action even if it meant compromising sensitive US government information.
But that isn’t the most disturbing part of this latest development. The fact that the President of the United States was corresponding with Clinton in such a reckless way has several disturbing ramifications.National Review’s Andrew McCarthy explains:
…when it emerged that the White House was refusing to disclose at least 22 communications Obama had exchanged with then-secretary Clinton over the latter’s private e-mail account, we knew that Obama had knowingly engaged in the same misconduct that was the focus of the Clinton probe: the reckless mishandling of classified information.
Indeed, imagine what would have happened had Clinton been indicted. The White House would have attempted to maintain the secrecy of the Obama-Clinton e-mails (under Obama’s invocation of a bogus “presidential communications” privilege), but Clinton’s defense lawyers would have demanded the disclosure of the e-mails in order to show that Obama had engaged in the same misconduct, yet only she, not he, was being prosecuted. And as most experienced criminal-law lawyers understand (especially if they’ve read a little Supreme Court case known as United States v. Nixon), it is an argument that Clinton’s lawyers would have won.
President Obama’s apparent involvement in the scandal will only feed the anger of those on the right skeptical of the federal government’s ability to self-regulate. After the DOJ’s non-indictment of Hillary Clinton, many Obama critics feared that the lines between the branches of government had been blurred. Was the supposedly independent FBI colluding with the Obama DOJ? Perhaps we’ll never know.