Thanks to Wikileaks, we now have the smoking gun email irrefutably proving not only did President Barack Obama know about Hillary Clinton’s non-government-issued email account, he used it in correspondence with her.
Even more damning to the president’s credibility, it appears the lie was a purposeful attempt to protect Clinton’s upcoming bid for the presidency.
Shortly after the New York Times broke the story on March 2, 2015, of Clinton’s use of a personal server to supplant the government system — and, as has been revealed, to thwart transparency — Obama announced publicly his lack of prior knowledge.
“The same time everybody else learned it through news reports,” the president told CBS News White House correspondent Bill Plante, as Zero Hedge reported. “The policy of my administration is to encourage transparency, which is why my emails, the BlackBerry I carry around, all those records are available and archived.
“I’m glad that Hillary’s instructed that those emails about official business need to be disclosed.”
It wouldn’t be a stretch to imagine, however, Obama’s placid public appearance guarded secret internal panic — a panic echoed behind the scenes at the burgeoning Clinton campaign.
An email penned by Clinton campaign spokesman Josh Schwerin to Director of Communications, Jennifer Palmieri, and a few others, calling immediate attention to a tweet by journalist Katherine Miller paints an entirely different picture.
Miller tweeted a snippet of the aforementioned interview in which Plante asked Obama, “Mr. President, When did you first learn that Hillary Clinton used an email system outside the U.S. Government for official business while she was Secretary of State?”
“The same time everybody else learned it,” he responded, “through news reports.”
I have some questions here pic.twitter.com/ufkeoZCx2m
— Katherine Miller (@katherinemiller) March 7, 2015
In the email — written a mere five minutes after Miller’s tweet — Schwerin says, “Jen you probably have more on this but it looks like POTUS just said he found out HRC was using her personal email when he saw it in the news.”
That email is then forwarded to aides Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson, and Clinton advisor Philippe Reines by Nick Merrill — after which Mills forwards the note to John Podesta with the revealing message:
“we need to clean this up – he has emails from her – they do not say state.gov”
Indeed that one piece of correspondence — sparked by a journalist’s simple question — tells more of the potential depth and breadth of efforts undertaken to preserve Hillary Clinton’s public image in the face of rapidly unfolding scandal.
Prior to the release of this one email, Obama’s knowledge of the private Clinton server could not unassailably be characterized as collusion — but the campaign’s near immediate flurry to erase evidence of the president’s correspondence, coupled with his sober delivery of an outright lie to the American public indisputably proves just that.
In fact, as Zero Hedge also points out, this particularly stunning correspondence explains an email from a prior Wikileaks release. Under the subject heading “Special Category,” Podesta writes to Mills:
“Think we should hold emails to and from potus? That’s the heart of his exec privilege. We could get them to ask for that. They may not care, but I seems like they will.”
Of course, less than a month after these exchanges, Hillary’s server got the Bleachbit treatment — to perhaps clean all that dirty laundry of a presidential lie Obama fed the American public to protect the next chosen leader, and the subsequent innumerable lies and actions undertaken to then cover for all the others.
No wonder Hillary Clinton once sardonically joked about using a drone to assassinate Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
In any other presidential election year, any one of the items in question would force the nominee to resign from the race in disgrace — and an additional investigation of the sitting president. But this is 2016. Welcome to Aldous Huxley’s America.