Posted by Curt on 25 October, 2016 at 9:39 am. 5 comments already!


Ed Morrissey:

When reporters asked Barack Obama about Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server for official business, he immediately declared that he knew nothing of it:

That clip came from an interview Obama did with CBS News reporter Steve Plante in the immediate aftermath of the exposure of Hillary’s private e-mail server. Clearly he wanted to maintain his distance from the scandal, but his unequivocal statement sent Hillary’s team into a panic. In a new release by Wikileaks of e-mails stolen from John Podesta’s files, it prompted a late-night exchange between Jennifer Palmieri, Nick Merrill, both of whom work on Hillary’s presidential campaign, and Cheryl Mills. Mills replied directly to Podesta, “we need to clean this up”:

At the time, Podesta had left his position as Obama’s chief of staff three weeks earlier. Presumably, he still had the ability to advise Obama informally. Whether he did or not, Obama didn’t clean up his story for months — if at all. In October 2015 — seven months after Mills sent up the clean-up on Aisle 1600 flare — Obama categorically denied any knowledge of Hillary’s private server in an interview with CBS’ Steve Kroft:

Later, the story would “evolve” into Obama having some awareness of Hillary’s use of private e-mail, but that he didn’t know she used her address exclusively. Rather than just say that much, Obama lied repeatedly about his own knowledge of the e-mail server scandal.

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