It seems as though Hillary Clinton’s troubles with email are as likely to stick around as Kim Kardashian’s platinum hair (though, thankfully, the Hillary Clinton emails are less likely to expose us all to Kanye West). And while the White House may be tangentially involved, they are making it clear that, while they might have warned Hillary Clinton’s staff to take a second look at their technological subpoena-avoidance plan, they had absolutely nothing to do with her decision to conduct all State Department business on a server located somewhere below the wine cellar of her Chappaqua, New York estate.
The President, of course, decided to reiterate the White House’s position this weekend. When questioned on the subject, he noted that, as you can recall, no one in his administration tells him anything. He finds out about troubles brewing with his appointees the same way you do: in the media.
President Barack Obama said he first found out through the news about Hillary Clinton’s private email address she used for government business while secretary of state.
“The same time everybody else learned it through news reports,” Obama told CBS News.
The president said he’s glad his former secretary of state instructed her emails be disclosed to the public.
“The policy of my administration is to encourage transparency, which is why my emails, the BlackBerry I carry around, all those records are available and archived,” he told CBS News. “I’m glad that Hillary’s instructed that those emails about official business need to be disclosed.”
If you recall, nobody tells the poor sap anything. President Obama only learned of the IRS’s targeting of conservative organizations and the collapse of Healthcare.gov from news reports. His administration found out about the Veterans Affairs scandals through news outlets in Phoenix. “Fast and Furious” came to life thanks to news clippings. And then there was that time the Department of Justice subpoenaed a bunch of phone records from the Associated Press. He learned about that one when he read it in the paper.
Everyone leaves the guy out of the loop. It’s like he’s the last to know about everything. Someone should definitely start putting him on the press clips list.
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