As we learn more and more about the inner workings of the Hillary Clinton email investigation that ended in what can only be described as a mockery of justice, it gets ever more difficult to believe that this was a serious “in search of the truth” situation. There are simply too many red flags, with more popping up nearly ever single day. From FBI agents exchanging secret text messages that exhibit clear bias to exoneration memos being crafted months before the end of the investigation to clandestine meetings between the attorney general and the husband of the chief suspect…it’s just too much to handle. There’s simply no WAY for any reasonable observer to conclude that everything was on the up and up.
Up till now, we didn’t find it particularly necessary to ask the question, “Why?” The answer seemed obvious. The establishment Obama administration was terrified to watch its political legacy go down in flames, which is what might have happened had Hillary Clinton been prosecuted. Who would have taken her place? Bernie? Biden? Sure, Trump was never going to win the election, but you couldn’t just go out there and wing it! So they had to protect their investment at all costs and make sure that she wasn’t occupied with legal trouble when she needed to be focused on (easily) dispatching the wild Republican nominee.
Of course, things didn’t turn out the way they planned, but that’s another story.
Speaking of another story, though, Andrew McCarthy of National Review had an interesting and plausible theory this week about whom it was that the FBI and the Justice Department were really covering for…and it wasn’t Hillary Clinton.
From McCarthy’s piece:
If Clinton had been charged, Obama’s culpable involvement would have been patent. In any prosecution of Clinton, the Clinton–Obama emails would have been in the spotlight. For the prosecution, they would be more proof of willful (or, if you prefer, grossly negligent) mishandling of intelligence. More significantly, for Clinton’s defense, they would show that Obama was complicit in Clinton’s conduct yet faced no criminal charges.
Obama had his email communications with Clinton sealed. He did this by invoking a dubious presidential-records privilege. The White House insisted that the matter had nothing to do with the contents of the emails, of course; rather, it was intended to vindicate the principle of confidentiality in presidential communications with close advisers. With the media content to play along, this had a twofold benefit: Obama was able (1) to sidestep disclosure without acknowledging that the emails contained classified information and (2) to avoid using the term “executive privilege” — with all its dark Watergate connotations — even though that was precisely what he was invoking.
Note that claims of executive privilege must yield to demands for disclosure of relevant evidence in criminal prosecutions. But of course, that’s not a problem if there will be no prosecution.
None of this stood a chance of coming to light, of course, if Clinton had won the presidency as she was supposed to have done. Unfortunately for Obama, that didn’t happen. Which is why, perhaps, he has been so suddenly quiet in the age of Trump – quite unlike the arrogant man we came to know and loathe over the previous eight years.