Behind Obama's Continued Interference in the Clinton Probe
He doesn't "want to meddle," except that he's meddling.
If there’s one person for whom blindness is a prerequisite, it’s Lady Justice. But Barack Obama is yet again trying to strip her of her blindfold while putting his thumb on the scales she holds. The latest case in point is FBI Director James Comey’s recent decision to reopen the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
Recall that earlier this year Obama stuck his presidential nose in the investigation (while fervently denying doing so), promising “there is no political influence in any investigation conducted by the Justice Department, or the FBI.” In almost the next breath, he said, “I continue to believe that [Hillary Clinton] has not jeopardized America’s national security.” In other words, “Department of Justice, don’t you dare contradict me and charge Hillary.”
As we all know, in July, Comey chose not to recommend charges.
That was then. This is now.
Among the newest revelations is that U.S. intelligence is increasingly sure that at least five foreign intelligences agencies hacked Hillary’s server. That jeopardized national security, contrary to Obama’s claim.
After finding a slew of new related emails as part of a separate investigation of former NY Congressman Anthony Weiner’s disturbing sex addiction, Comey has reopened the Clinton email probe. And Obama isn’t happy.
Of course, as an accomplice to Hillary’s crimes, he has good reason not to be.
You see, one reason Obama was desperate to avoid charges against Clinton is that he would have implicated himself in the process. Despite claiming he learned of Clinton’s use of a private email server “the same time everyone else learned it, through news reports,” it turns out POTUS communicated with Clinton using a pseudonym via that private server. Oops.
Another reason for Obama’s latest interference is that the FBI’s separate probe of the Clinton Foundation’s pay-to-play schemes has now taken a “very high priority.”
Remember that Most Transparent Administration in History™? Yeah, we don’t either.
Obama would never own up to putting national security at risk, lying to the American people, and trying to obstruct justice, so he’s going after Comey instead.
Commenting on Comey’s decision to disclose to Congress that the FBI is looking into new emails that could be related to the Clinton probe, Obama asserted that he didn’t want to “look like I’m meddling” but noted, “I do think that there is a norm that when there are investigations, we don’t operate on innuendo and we don’t operate on incomplete information and we don’t operate on leaks. We operate based on concrete decisions that are made.”
In other words, “I don’t want to meddle — but I’m going to meddle.”
Obama went on to complain, “When this was investigated thoroughly last time, the conclusion of the FBI, the conclusion of the Justice Department, the conclusion of repeated congressional investigations, was she had made some mistakes but that there wasn’t anything there that was prosecutable.” Well, of course the feds decided not to charge Clinton after Obama pressured them to reach that conclusion.
As for Obama’s reference to “norms” as justification for attacking Comey’s renewed probe, it’s laughable. The “norm” would be using a secure government server for classified information. The “norm” would not be for the State Department, upon being alerted by The New York Times of its blockbuster on Clinton’s private server, to first contact Clinton’s campaign to coordinate a response. The “norm” would be prosecuting a secretary of state after finding her guilty of “gross negligence in handling classified material” — particularly when the law says such negligence is a felony. And as Hot Air’s Allahpundit explains, the “norm” would be “for the president not to insert himself into a criminal investigation that’s been reopened by suggesting the matter is settled.”
It’s little wonder that likely voters now view Donald Trump as more honest and trustworthy than Hillary, 48% to 36%. Back in September, the two were tied on the honesty-meter.
As National Review’s David French wryly observes, “It turns out that when you spend days and days pitching a fit about being under FBI investigation, you end up reminding people that you’re under FBI investigation.”
And here’s an October “surprise” for you, Hillary: It’s hard to trust a candidate who’s getting lots of attention from a G-Man spotlight.
A final thought: Clinton, Obama and every other Democrat are working furiously to discredit Comey for many reasons, but one may stand out as primary. Winning the election might be the only way Hillary stays out of prison.
(Edited due to Fox News retracting reports of a “likely” indictment.)