“As so often happens with Washington scandals, it isn’t the original scandal that gets people in the most trouble – it’s the attempted cover-up.”
Obama broke Federal Law Obama had direct contact with Clinton on private email server: IG report
President Obama was one of a select handful of individuals who had “direct contact” with Hillary Clinton on her private email account, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz indicated in his bombshell report Thursday on the Clinton email probe.
In a footnote, the DOJ watchdog notes that “FBI analysts and Prosecutor 2 told us that former President Barack Obama was one of the 13 individuals with whom Clinton had direct contact using her clintonemail.com account.”
The IG report adds that Obama used a pseudonym for his username and that, after intelligence analysts questioned whether Obama’s communications contained classified information, it was determined the emails sent and received were not classified.
SEVEN BIG TAKEAWAYS FROM THE BOMBSHELL DOJ IG REPORT
Obama said in a 2015 interview to CBS News that he learned about it “the same time everybody else learned it, through news reports.”
Press Secretary Josh Earnest acknowledged shortly after those remarks attracted attention that Obama and Clinton did exchange 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,” he said.
Despite speculation at the time that the president would have noticed Clinton was not using a “.gov” account, Earnest said Obama nevertheless was unaware of Clinton’s personal email server and how she was following federal records law.