We reported earlier this afternoon that the Obama administration will withhold a number of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails because they are “too damaging” for public consumption.Now, CBS White House correspondent Mark Knoller is reporting that Obama’s State Department will also withhold 18 emails between then Secretary Clinton and the president himself.
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) January 29, 2016
As Knoller notes, under the Presidential Records Act, a president can delay public access to his records for up to 12 years.The revelation that the emails Hillary sent and received on her private email server include some to/from the president beg the question, did President Obama then know of his secretary of state’s failure to follow protocol to protect the security of the United States?
Isn’t it interesting that suddenly this administration is falling on protocol and law to protect itself now? Perhaps those 18 emails between Hillary and Obama were just discussing plans to meet up for yoga?
But, hey, perhaps we can ask China, Russia or Iran for copies of the emails, if our most transparent administration ever won’t release them.[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]