Even accounting for my bias about what ought to be considered Big News, it seems as if the subject of this story is either a complete fabrication or a match that ought to set off a news firestorm for the rest of the presidential election cycle:
A March 2015 email chain released by WikiLeaks Tuesday is further proof that President Obama lied to the American people when he said he found out about Hillary Clinton’s private email server from news reports.
“Jen you probably have more on this but it looks like POTUS just said he found out HRC was using her personal email when he saw it in the news,” Clinton spokesman Josh Schwerin wrote to Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri, press secretary Nick Merrill, and others.
Merrill then forwarded Schwerin’s email to longtime Clinton confidante and attorney Cheryl Mills, who sent it to campaign Chairman John Podesta. “We need to clean this up,” she wrote to Podesta. “He has emails from her — they do not say state.gov.”
“Clean this up,” eh? Guns don’t get much more smoky than this.
Now add in a massive political contribution made on behalf of the spouse of a high-ranking FBI official working on the Clinton email case. Andrew McCarthy, who has directly relevant professional experience with the processes involved, doesn’t think the donation is evidence of a direct payoff, but rather that people within the Obama administration and the FBI knew the Clinton case would never be prosecuted (because it implicated the president directly) and were therefore willing to be somewhat careless with their appearances of impropriety.
The calendar doesn’t resolve the question. Here’s the Wall Street Journal:
Mrs. McCabe announced her candidacy the same month (March 2015) as the news broke about Mrs. Clinton’s private email server. Mr. McCabe was running the FBI’s Washington field office at the time, and he was promoted to the No. 3 FBI slot not long after the formal FBI investigation began in July 2015.
The FBI said in a statement that none of this is an issue because Mr. McCabe wasn’t promoted to the No. 2 position until February 2016, months after his wife lost her race, and only then did he assume “for the first time, an oversight role in the investigation into Secretary Clinton’s emails.”
If the Obama administration, the Clinton camp, and all of their interwoven cronies were working together to “clean [the email scandal] up,” it would hardly be a challenge to arrange the timing of events to make payoffs only appear improper and even to have contingency plans to ensure the collusion plan worked whether or not Mrs. McCabe won office.
Whatever the case, the story emits enough smoke, with enough loose ends, that it ought to be a giant journalist beacon. Any outlet covering the national campaign that doesn’t front-page it will look like little more than a propaganda outlet.