Obama: I First Learned About Clinton’s Email Address ‘Through News Reports’
President Barack Obama said he first found out through the news about Hillary Clinton’s private email address she used for government business while secretary of state.Got that? “The same time everybody else learned it through news reports” - that's when President Obama claims to have learned that his Secretary of State Hillary! Clinton was using private e-mail rather than the official, mandatory .gov address.
“The same time everybody else learned it through news reports,” Obama told CBS News.
The president said he’s glad his former secretary of state instructed her emails be disclosed to the public.
And then this:
White House: Obama did trade e-mails with Clinton
A White House spokesman said Monday that President Obama did trade e-mails with then-secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton but did not know about her private e-mail system that included a server at her home.I mean, I must be missing something, right? Because what it looks like to me is that, in the first story, Obama is claiming that he didn't know about Hillary using private e-mail until the news broke earlier this year. In the second story, the White House admits that they exchanged e-mails with Clinton on her private server.
"I would not describe the number of e-mails as large, but they did have the occasion to e-mail one another," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest, adding that he did not know about the content.
Now, maybe they do things differently at the White House. Maybe it's official protocol to just blindly hit "reply" to any e-mail that comes in, not bothering to look at the sender. Maybe President Obama gets his e-mail directly, without anyone else looking at it, and the man is a complete and utter noob when it comes to electronic mail.
Or do they really honestly and truly expect us to believe that Barack Obama, acting as the President of the United States, the single most powerful man in the world, was corresponding with his Secretary of State, the face of the United States in the world community, without knowing which e-mail address she was using?
The real question, in my mind, is why is Obama lying about what he knew and when he knew it? Why did he allow - and make no mistake, he knew and allowed it to happen - Clinton to bypass established security protocols? Why did his administration knowingly foster this breach of the law requiring open and honest - remember, transparent - communications? Why would they allow Hillary Clinton to operate an untraceable e-mail address that only she controlled access to while she was SecState?
There's something going on here that doesn't even vaguely pass the smell test, folks...
That is all.