Last spring, as the FBI was hauling Hillary Clinton’s toadies in for questioning about her illegal private server, her closest advisor, Huma Abedin, was asked about the sender of a particular email to Hillary.
She had no idea who it was, she said. But once the FBI told her that the name was a pseudonym for the President, she was shocked. “How is this not classified?” she exclaimed.
She then did something very telling: She asked for a copy of the email.
She wasn’t planning on framing the email, or adding it to her scrapbook collection; Huma needed an insurance policy.
As The National Review points out, if the President of the United States was using a non-government, non-secure system to email Hillary, then everybody had a “get-out-of-jail-free” card.
Huma’s plea for her free pass tells us all we need to know about why the investigation into Hillary stopped short of a recommendation to prosecute.
Had the FBI recommended prosecution and if Hilary were indicted, Clinton’s attorneys would demand the disclosure of emails that Obama sent to Hillary To prove that he had done the same thing. And if they were going to go after her, then they needed to prosecute Obama as well.
And The White House wouldn’t let that happen. They were going to claim residential privilege (which they’d eventually lose, the NR reports, based on U.S. v. Nixon).
Again, this is why the prosecution of Mrs. Clinton never had a chance of happening. It also explains why, in his public statements about the matter, Obama insisted that Clinton’s e-mailing of classified information did not harm national security. It is why Obama, in stark contrast to his aforementioned executive order, made public statements pooh-poohing the fact that federal law forbids the mishandling of any intelligence secret. (“There’s classified, and then there’s classified,” he said, so cavalierly.) He had to take this position because he had himself effectively endorsed the practice of high-level communications through non-secure channels.
This is also why the Justice Department and the FBI effectively rewrote the relevant criminal statute in order to avoid applying it to Clinton. In his public statements about Clinton, Obama has stressed that she is an exemplary public servant who would never intentionally harm the United States. In rationalizing their decision not to indict Clinton, Justice Department officials (in leaks to the Washington Post) and the FBI director (in his press conference and congressional testimony) similarly stressed the lack of proof that she intended to harm the United States.
And that’s why the Hillary investigation would never go anywhere. To prosecute Hillary would require the prosecution of Barack Obama. And that simply isn’t going to happen.
Source: The Federalist