Presidential elections seem to bring out the worst in both candidates at a rabbit’s speed. Both sides seek the upper hand and any information, no matter how contrite, can be magnified to national significance with so little time until November 8th.
But the latest information from the Wall Street Journal is serious and should be considered by open-minded voters before they make their decision for president. Emails discovered indicate in early 2015, Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign was in contact with Obama administration officials at the State Department about dealing with issues surrounding her use of a private email server when she was secretary of state.
It is notable since it included the administration’s communications director to the State Department, asking if Secretary of State John Kerry could avoid questions about Clinton’s emails. In another exchange, a State Department official assured a Clinton attorney that the department had not told Congress that Clinton made an error in using a private email account, according to Newsmax.
It was further revealed that the Republican National Committee obtained the emails through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, and released those involving communication between the Obama administration and the State Department to the Journal. Why was there such a fight to prevent the information being released?
Not only was Judicial Watch involved in obtaining the documents, Meredith McGehee, chief of policy, programs, and strategy at the nonpartisan advocacy group Issue One, said the exchange would probably not raise concerns about legality, because federal law allows White House staff to engage in some political activity, according to the Journal. Really?
Republicans, as well as opposing lawmakers have severely criticized the Clinton campaign over the private email arrangement. As is the usual exit strategy of Hillary Clinton when she is trapped by the truth, she acknowledged it was a mistake, but said, “No national secrets were put at risk.” Why the concerted effort to prevent those documents from seeing the light of day?
The New York Times, of all media outlets, first reported on March 2, 2015 about Clinton’s private email server, which set off the controversy, and resulted in an FBI probe that ultimately did not recommend prosecuting Clinton. That too has major political implications that should demand a special prosecutor. The chances of that happening with an attorney general who secretly attempted to meet with Bill Clinton prior to the FBI announcement makes that 100 percent doomed.
Secretary of State John Kerry appeared three days after the story broke and was never asked about it by moderator John Dickerson on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” Surprised? White House spokeswoman Palmieri asked State Department communications spokeswoman Jan Psaki about her phrase “swirl of crap,” and Psaki responded, “Ha I mean, the challenging stories out there.” An obvious snide remark for anything revealed by the Hillary-supporting media. Their orders? “I know nothing, nothing.”
Naturally CBS spokeswoman Caitlin Conant said the network did not make a deal with Kerry over what questions he would be asked. “No subject was off-limits when this interview was arranged, as is the CBS News standard,” she said. Then why would a “seasoned journalist,” as Dickerson calls himself, not ask the big question of the day; “Why?”
Meanwhile, State Department spokesman John Kirby said that the communication between Psaki and Palmieri was “common practice.” Do the American people feel like they are odd man out with their own government and FCC-licensed CBS News?
In another email, the State Department’s undersecretary for management, Patrick Kennedy told Heather Samuelson, one of Clinton’s attorneys, that Politico was publishing a story in which Joyce Barr, assistant secretary of state for administration, said that Clinton’s record-keeping practices were “not acceptable.” For some reason, he later recanted that information and said the Politico story was “wildly inaccurate reporting.” Closely thereafter, Politico told the Journal that it stands by its story.
It should be noted that Samuelson was one of the attorneys who reviewed Clinton’s emails before providing them to the State Department and was later granted limited immunity in the FBI probe.
Is this beginning to look like something rotten?
One more item; Fox News reported that FBI files pointed out two missing boxes of emails. But this is all in a day’s work in the Hillary camp.
Enter a special prosecutor? Nah.