Oh, Obama Was Emailing Clinton Using A Pseudonym…So He Knew About Her Private Server Then, Right?
Well, there was another Friday document dump, this time the FBI’s notes on interviews they conducted with Hillary Clinton’s aides. Nearly 200 pages worth of notes included interviews conducted with Cheryl Mills, Jake Sullivan, and Huma Abedin. Cheryl Mills, who served as Clinton’s chief of staff at the State Department, was recently offered partial immunity for her interview with the FBI. The move drew criticism from Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), chair of the House Oversight Committee regarding how the FBI dealt with these interviews, noting the disturbing instances in which immunity deals were handed out like candy. Furthermore, there’s a glaring conflict of interest: Mills was interviewed as a witness in the investigation into Clinton, while simultaneously serving as her lawyer.
Yet, the latest detail with this document dump is that President Obama was corresponding with Clinton on her private, unsecured, and unauthorized email server using a pseudonym, while she was secretary of state (via Politico):
The 189 pages the bureau released includes interviews with some of Clinton’s closest aides, such as Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills; senior State Department officials; and even Marcel Lazar, better known as the Romanian hacker “Guccifer.”
In an April 5, 2016 interview with the FBI, Abedin was shown an email exchange between Clinton and Obama, but the longtime Clinton aide did not recognize the name of the sender.
"Once informed that the sender's name is believed to be pseudonym used by the president, Abedin exclaimed: 'How is this not classified?'" the report says. "Abedin then expressed her amazement at the president's use of a pseudonym and asked if she could have a copy of the email."
The State Department has refused to make public that and other emails Clinton exchanged with Obama. Lawyers have cited the "presidential communications privilege," a variation of executive privilege, in order to withhold the messages under the Freedom of Information Act.
The report doesn't provide more details on the contents of that particular email exchange, but says it took place on June 28, 2012, and had the subject line: "Re: Congratulations." It may refer to the Supreme Court's ruling that day upholding a key portion of the Obamacare law.
T. Becket Adams at The Washington Examiner noted that this little nugget raises questions about whether President Obama was truthful when he said he found out about Clintons’ email server when it was first reported in the news last year.