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January 26, 2018

The FBI and DOJ Tanked the Case Against Hillary Clinton Because Obama Was Guilty of the Same Crime

Instapundit links this today; it turns out this article is from October 2016.

Still, even though it's not new, it's worth re-reading.

Update: ArthurK. explains the likely glitch to me -- Andy McCarthy wrote a fresh update on this subject, and maybe Instapundit actually linked the older version of the story.

Here's the fresher, better version.

Below, the original post quoting the older version. I'll get up new quotes in a bit.


Obama's DOJ couldn't prosecute Hillary, even if they wanted to (they didn't), because Obama was also knowingly sending classified emails to Hillary on the secret server which he knew was unsecure, Hillary and Huma had a get-out-of-jail-free card: Obama's DOJ could not prosecute them without having to next turn its guns on Obama.

Hillary couldn’t be proven guilty without proving the president guilty as well.

"How is this not classified?" So exclaimed Hillary Clinton's close aide and confidante, Huma Abedin. The FBI had just shown her an old e-mail exchange, over Clinton's private account, between the then-secretary of state and a second person, whose name Abedin did not recognize.

The FBI then did what the FBI is never supposed to do: The agents informed their interviewee (Abedin) of the identity of the second person. It was the president of the United States, Barack Obama, using a pseudonym to conduct communications over a non-secure e-mail system -- something anyone with a high-level security clearance, such as Huma Abedin, would instantly realize was a major breach.

Abedin was sufficiently stunned that, for just a moment, the bottomless capacity of Clinton insiders to keep cool in a scandal was overcome. "How is this not classified?"

She recovered quickly enough, though. The FBI records that the next thing Abedin did, after "express[ing] her amazement at the president's use of a pseudonym," was to "ask if she could have a copy of the email."

Abedin knew an insurance policy when she saw one. If Obama himself had been e-mailing over a non-government, non-secure system, then everyone else who had been doing it had a get-out-of-jail-free card. Thanks to Friday's FBI document dump -- 189 more pages of reports from the Bureau's year-long foray ("investigation" would not be the right word) into the Clinton e-mail scandal -- we now know for certain what I predicted some eight months ago here at NRO: Any possibility of prosecuting Hillary Clinton was tanked by President Obama’s conflict of interest.

As I explained in February, 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. ...

In terms of the federal laws that criminalize mishandling of classified information, Obama not only engaged in the same type of misconduct Clinton did; he engaged in it with Clinton. It would not have been possible for the Justice Department to prosecute Clinton for her offense without its becoming painfully apparent that 1) Obama, too, had done everything necessary to commit a violation of federal law, and 2) the communications between Obama and Clinton were highly relevant evidence.

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