White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest today acknowledged that President Obama exchanged emails with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when she was in office and that he likely saw that she was using a private email address.
Earnest’s assertion would appear to contradict Obama’s statement to Bill Plante of CBS last week that he first learned of Clinton’s use of private email when the news broke about it recently.
“When did you first hear that Hillary Clinton used an email system outside the U.S. government for official business while she was secretary of state?” Plante asked. Obama said, “At the same time everybody else learned it through news reports.”
Earnest said today it was not “an accurate conclusion” from this comment that Obama and Clinton didn’t exchange emails.
The president, as I think many people expected, did, over the course of his first several years in office, trade emails with his secretary of state. I would not describe the number of emails as large, but they did have the occasion to email on another other.
And the point that the president was making was not that he didn’t know secretary Clinton’s email address – he did – but he was not aware of the details of how that email address and that server had been set up or how Secretary Clinton and her team were planning to comply with the federal records act . . .
The president was not aware of the fact that this was a personal email server and that this was the email address that she was using exclusively for all her business.
Well, somehow the attorney/politician, who chooses his words carefully, needed Earnest to do cleanup. Okay.
I don’t know about you, but I notice all the time if people use their personal account when emailing me during business hours. And I notice when they use their business account to email me about personal stuff.
Obama, it appears, exchanged many emails with Clinton at the “clintonemail.com” address. He knew exactly what she was doing and why she was doing it.
He simply decided not to make an issue of it. And, it seems at the very least, he wasn’t eager to admit to Plante that he knew what was going on.
Because it’s supposed to be the transparency administration, and something like “clintonemail.com” sounds like about the least transparent thing on earth.