First, there was Barack Obama’s unconditional pardon for Hillary Clinton while she’s under one of the largest FBI investigations of national security violations by a high-ranking former government official.
Next came Vice President Joe Biden’s unofficial endorsement of her candidacy for the presidency.
While there is obviously no love lost between the Clintons and the Obamas nor between the Clintons and the Bidens, it certainly appears the fix is in – and there will be no prosecution of Hillary for what even Obama admits was “carelessness” in securing national security secrets in her email communications.
The FBI might as well save the American people some money and call off the massive investigation. It’s going nowhere. Attorney General Loretta Lynch got her marching orders through these media interviews Obama and Biden have given over the last week.
Biden said this week both Democratic candidates are “totally qualified” to become the next president, adding that he would “like to see a woman elected.”
“Look, they’re both totally qualified to be president,” Biden said. “They both get in a fight. Campaigns do this.”
“No, I don’t think she’s held to a higher standard. This country’s ready for a woman. There’s no problem. We’re going to be able to elect a woman in this country,” Biden said, adding, “I would like to see a woman elected.”
He continued, “Hillary’s overwhelmingly qualified to be president.”
Though Biden said he would not endorse a Democratic candidate, and said he and President Barack Obama want to “Let the party decide,” it was as close as he has come to endorsing Hillary, whose candidacy, despite seven primary losses in a row to Bernie Sanders, appears to be the inevitable choice of the party.
The Biden interview came one day after Obama’s interview with Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday” in which he carefully excused Hillary’s conduct as secretary of state and insinuated himself in the middle of an open FBI probe that will undoubtedly someday soon land on the desk of his attorney general.
After what both Biden and Obama said, how likely is it that Hillary will be indicted by the Obama administration?
It’s not even in the realm of possibility. After seven years of watching this administration, only someone out of touch with reality would expect it to hold one of its own accountable for high crimes.
About Hillary Clinton’s email scandal as secretary of state, Obama said the following:
- She did not jeopardize America’s national security secrets;
- Politics will not influence the outcome of the massive FBI investigation and his Justice Department’s decision about possible prosecution;
- She was “careless” in terms of managing her emails;
- The scandal needs to be put in “perspective” because Hillary “served her country” and did an outstanding job;
- “She would never intentionally put America in any kind of jeopardy.”
Besides the obvious – that Obama is damning Hillary here with faint praise – this interview is proof that Obama is indeed interfering in a national security investigation by the FBI and signaling to his hand-picked attorney general that he does not want her to prosecute the Democratic front-runner for the presidential nomination.
Anyone objectively looking at the evidence publicly available against Hillary Clinton understands the seriousness of the case. It wasn’t just a matter of “carelessness” on her part. It was a matter of knowingly violating all of the laws and regulations meant to guard national security secrets. Others have gone to prison for similar offenses regardless of whether they were matters of “carelessness” or not. Top officials like the secretary of state are supposed to set a higher standard for guarding secrets. They are not supposed to be “careless.”
And what does it say about someone aspiring to be president that she was “careless” in dealing with national security matters? Is that a vote of confidence? Is that a ringing endorsement?
But here’s the most important observation about this interview.
Obama guaranteed politics will not influence the outcome of the investigation.
However, the very nature of the interview suggests just the opposite.
Here’s what he said: “I can guarantee, I can guarantee that not because I give Attorney General [Loretta] Lynch a directive, that is institutionally how we have always operated. I do not talk to the attorney general about pending investigations. I do not talk to FBI directors about pending investigations. We have a strict line and always have maintained it. I guarantee it. I guarantee that there is no political influence in any investigation conducted by the Justice Department or the FBI, not just in this case but in any case. Period. Nobody gets treated differently when it comes to the Justice Department, because nobody is above the law.”
“Even if she ends up as the Democratic nominee?” Wallace asked.
“How many times do I have to say it, Chris? Guaranteed,” said Obama.
What’s wrong with that answer?
Obama claims he doesn’t talk to the attorney general or the FBI about ongoing criminal investigations as president.
But he just did something even worse.
He gave his strong opinion publicly about the innocence of Hillary Clinton, who remains a high-profile target of such an investigation.
That strong opinion was heard by Loretta Lynch. It was heard by FBI Director James Comey. And it was heard by the entire nation on television.
Does it really matter if Obama talks privately with those people who work for him or whether he offers his strong opinion on the matter in public?
He’s shown his hand.
The president is not supposed to do that. He’s not supposed to interfere in criminal investigations.
Furthermore, if it’s true that he has not spoken to either Lynch or Comey about this case, his opinions are based only on what we all know as a result of media reports and information released to the public by the government.
Therefore, the right thing for him to do was keep his mouth shut. Obama has always had a problem doing that.
However, this time, he stepped over the line big time. Obama just used his influence with Lynch and Comey to shut down prosecution of Hillary Clinton.
In effect, Obama just pre-emptively pardoned Hillary.
And now the other shoe has dropped with Biden’s unofficial endorsement of a “woman president.”
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