Inspector General Michael Horowitz buried a “bombshell” revelation in a footnote to Thursday’s report on Department of Justice mismanagement. “FBI analysts and Prosecutor 2 told us that former President Barack Obama was one of the 13 individuals with whom Hillary Clinton had direct contact using her Clinton email” account.
Not only that, the fine print notation says Obama “used a pseudonym for his username.” That proves that Obama lied to the public in 2015.
Obama deliberately had to create a special alias username and password to access Hillary Clinton’s private server, confirming he knew full well that what he was doing was wrong and intentionally lied about it to the public.
In order to send messages or check replies, he would have had to log in to the separate secret account. You can’t do that by accident.
Obama swore up and down that he didn’t have any idea Clinton was using an improper email address until “the same time everybody else learned it, through news reports.”
After nobody believed his blanket denial and called him out about it, White House flunky Josh Earnest admitted there were emails. “The president, as I think many people expected, did over the course of his first several years in office, trade emails with the secretary of state.”
For damage control, they denied that he knew he was sending emails to somewhere they should not go.
When asked if the president “would have noticed Clinton was not using a ‘.gov’ account, Press Secretary Earnest pointed out that nobody looks at the link that pops up when you hit an address book entry.
Blaming the lapse of national security on simple human nature, Earnest added, “President Obama nevertheless was unaware of Clinton’s personal email server and how she was [not] following federal records law.” He got away with that explanation.
Now we know Obama was lying through his press secretary’s teeth. The notion it was harmless inattention would have been backed up if it was Obama’s official account that was communicating with Hillary’s private network but it wasn’t.
The Inspector General reports that whatever Obama and Hillary were talking about, it wasn’t classified. They aren’t even hinting at the real content of the messages.
One “excuse” seems to be a repeating theme throughout the IG’s report. “Everybody was doing it.” You can’t blame anyone for anything when you have to fire everyone?
IG investigators asked why “no effort” was made to “obtain the personal devices that Clinton’s senior aides were using at the State Department.”
They obviously were “potential sources of Clinton’s… classified emails” or “places where unauthorized classified emails were being stored.”
The Federal Bureau of Investigation didn’t want to work that hard to dig up dirt on Hillary Clinton, especially because they were afraid they would find more than they could haul away quietly.
“The culture of mishandling classified information at the State Department was so pervasive that it made the quantity of potential sources of evidence particularly vast.”
They never even considered the option of limiting the device searches to “a handful of key Clinton aides.” They knew what they would find and those are some dangerous people to annoy.
The Inspector General’s report was full of outrageous examples of total mismanagement at the highest levels of the Justice Department, but makes no recommendations for criminal investigations.
Horowitz sidesteps the Obama-Clinton direct connection by passing the buck. He writes that “the State Department would be the better agency to handle that kind of deep-dive into Clinton’s emails.”
It’s hard not to wonder what it is that Horowitz is afraid of. Something kept him from making more decisive recommendations.
His final conclusion at the end of the report is that the entire issue is a “judgment call.” In his judgment, there was no “evidence” that “improper political considerations influenced investigators’ decisions.”
At least two members of Congress are ready to pick up the challenge and take action about the horror uncovered by Horowitz.
Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told Laura Ingraham just how furious he is.
“The first thing I can think of is there was information we got today at 11:00 that actually chairman Gowdy had to call and tell me what it was, text messages that we had been asking for since late last year.”
Nunes says that alone shows obstruction of justice. “These are emails or text messages that somebody held from us. So every day that goes by, there’s a new example of obstruction of the congressional investigation.”
Nunes wanted to know why the line in Peter Strzok’s text saying “we’ll stop it” was blacked out on the copy the FBI gave him.
“That’s the problem,” he notes, “they keep blacking things out across the board, not giving us documents that at the end of the day always end up being very pertinent to our investigation.”
Nunes rhetorically asked Ingraham, “who’s going to investigate these guys?” Then answered indicating he’s going to do it himself.
“We’re going to come out, we’re going to be very transparent with the American people, we’re ultimately going to get all the documents that we want.”
“Ultimately,” Nunes promises, “this is all going to spill out, and the people are going to ask, well, what are you going to do? Who’s going to get busted? Who’s going to go to jail?”