Notes released by the FBI suggest that former President Obama inserted himself into the criminal investigation and was briefed about Hillary Clinton emails well before he claimed he was. How inappropriate (yet completely unsurprising).
According to Fox News:
The Obama administration’s White House counsel was directly involved in deliberations over the release of Hillary Clinton emails as early as spring 2015, according to handwritten FBI agent notes released by the bureau late Friday.
The notes read: “Pat Kennedy (early May ’15) calls interagency MTG (meeting) re: scheduled release by JAN ’16, asking quick turnarounds – WH Counsel, CIA, etc…OSD, DNI, NSC and (redacted)”
Of course, Obama claimed that he learned about Clinton’s private email “The same time everybody else learned (about) it, through news reports.”
However, an email sent from Clinton aide Cheryl Mills, and published by none other than WikiLeaks, shows she told Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta otherwise:
“We need to clean this up. He has emails from her — they do not say state.gov.”
These notes suggest that, at minimum, he was trying to get involved so that he could see what was to be released. However, one can’t help but wonder if he was also attempting to control what was released.
The new notes also confirm that Patrick Kennedy tried to get the classification of the emails changed, but of course, when it was first reported, Kennedy denied it.
The newly released notes, from an interview with a State Department employee, also show how the department’s No. 3 at the time, Patrick Kennedy, tried to convince an FBI agent to change the classification of the Clinton emails, arguing they did not contain sensitive information. This was first reported by Fox News in September 2015, and later described in an FBI summary released last year as a “quid pro quo.”
Last but not least, the notes also reveal that two boxes of emails were supposed to be turned over by Hillary Clinton’s lawyers to the FBI, but…you guessed it…they weren’t! Oh, and they still haven’t been accounted for, either.