In the latest episode of ShockingNotShocking featuring the “most transparent” administration in history — and by “most” we of course mean “least” — we discover new revelations in the never-ending Hillary Clinton email scandal.
We recently shared with you that President Obama — despite claiming to have learned about former Secretary of State Clinton’s private email use “from the news” — in fact had not only known about it, but had actually used his own pseudonym to communicate with the SecState. Kinda sneaky, eh?
Of course, the revelation of the president’s own involvement — some might even say collusion with — Hillary’s private email server as secretary of state only further enlightens us as to why the president’s Department of Justice let her off scot free, despite a mountain of evidence that would have put any American “commoner” behind bars.
Tonight, we’ve learned that the Obama administration was doing its best to protect their presumptive heir to the
throne Oval Office well before Hillary Clinton was actually under investigation — and just as she was officially launching her presidential bid.
As The Wall Street Journal reports:
White House interceded with State Department on Clinton emails, asked Kerry to avoid queries, new disclosure shows https://t.co/J32gLdciwp
— Gerard Baker (@gerardtbaker) October 7, 2016
Newly disclosed emails show top Obama administration officials were in close contact with Hillary Clinton’s nascent presidential campaign in early 2015 about the potential fallout from revelations that the former secretary of state used a private email server.
Their discussion included a request from the White House communications director to her counterpart at the State Department to see if it was possible to arrange for Secretary of State John Kerry to avoid questions during media appearances about Mrs. Clinton’s email arrangement.
In another instance, a top State Department official assured an attorney for Mrs. Clinton that, contrary to media reports, a department official hadn’t told Congress that Mrs. Clinton erred in using a private email account.
The previously unreported emails were obtained by the Republican National Committee as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit seeking records of Mrs. Clinton’s time in office. The RNC provided to The Wall Street Journal only some of the emails, leaving it unclear what was in the remaining documents. The RNC said it released only emails relevant to the communication between the White House and State Department.
Ten days after the story broke, White House communications director Jennifer Palmieri emailed State Department spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki to ask, “between us on the shows…think we can get this done so he is not asked about email.” That apparently referred to Mr. Kerry, who appeared in an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation” three days later.
Ms. Palmieri had previously announced she would be leaving the administration to join Mrs. Clinton’s campaign in mid-2015, but was still at the White House when she sent the email. Other emails show Ms. Palmieri helped arrange for Ms. Psaki to move from the State Department to the White House communications job Ms. Palmieri was vacating. “Agree completely and working to crush on my end,” wrote back Ms. Psaki, who would move to the White House weeks later.
A day later, Ms. Psaki added, “Good to go on killing CBS idea.” She continued, “And we are going to hold on any other TV options just given the swirl of crap out there.” Mr. Kerry wasn’t asked on CBS about the email server, though it isn’t clear how Ms. Psaki could have guaranteed that.
Teased by Ms. Palmieri about her use of the phrase “swirl of crap,” Ms. Psaki wrote back: “Ha I mean—the challenging stories out there.”
CBS spokeswoman Caitlin Conant said the network had made no commitments about what questions Mr. Kerry would face. “No subject was off-limits when this interview was arranged, as is the CBS News standard,” she said. “CBS News’ State Department correspondent was in Egypt with Secretary John Kerry in the home stretch of the Iran nuclear deal negotiations and discussed policy issues of the day with him on this official trip.”
State Department spokesman John Kirby added that there was nothing unusual about the Palmieri-Psaki exchange. “It is common practice for State Department and White House staffers to be in touch when agency officials are potentially conducting television interviews,” he said.
The RNC also obtained an entirely redacted discussion between nearly a dozen top White House communications officials with a subject line referring to Mr. Kerry’s appearance on CBS. A White House official said the internal debate at the time was about whether Mr. Kerry should appear on the shows at all, rather than any attempt to influence what questions were asked. [Of course, you have to wonder, if the email discussion was so innocuous, why completely redact its contents?]
While by now we’ve become nearly numb from the bovine excrement emanating from the Obama administration, there is one nugget of truth they’ve inadvertently spit out. In her apparently unguarded moment on email, former White House communications director Jennifer Palmieri appears to have accidentally dropped a truth bomb about the Obama administration communications team of which she was a part. Hard to think of a better descriptor for it than Ms. Palmieri’s “swirl of crap.”
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]