Posted by Elliot Bougis | Oct 4, 2016 | National Security
It’s no secret that the Obama and the Clintons are, to put it mildly, not always on the same page. It was the Clinton 2008 campaign, after all, that started the “birther theory” that plagued Obama for half a decade. It was also Clinton whose actions as Secretary of State tarred Obama’s second term with scandal after scandal.
If they are such enemies, though, why has Obama campaigned for Hillary at all. If they resent each other so much, why did Obama give Hillary such a powerful position as Secretary of State?
“There is honor among thieves.”
Criminals might be bitter enemies for turf and power and wealth, but at least they can agree to work together against their common enemy outside the criminal circle of trust–the police, the Feds, stiffs, and snitches. Even as competitors, two thieves can at least admire each other’s skills, and respect the secrecy of the criminal underworld.
After all, if you can’t trust your fellow criminal, whom can you trust?
There is honor among thieves–and among career politicians like Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. If one can’t break certain rules or manipulate certain people, maybe the other can give an assist. And if one is being investigated or interrogated, the other can help spin the evidence their favor. As long as the cops don’t win, even the bitterest criminal enemies can be allies when need be.
That, in a nutshell, is the glue that keeps the Obamas and the Clintons on the same page, or at least on the same criminal team: The D.C. Democrats.
A recent article by Stephen Dinan provides a fresh example of Team Democrat in play:
Keep in mind that we now have evidence that Obama used a code name to communicate with Hillary via her illegal, secret server. Remember also that Obama’s IRS was arraigned for targeting conservative entities fro audits a few years ago. In this context, it is totally plausible that Obama would use his flunkies to suppress freedom of the press, freedom of information, and a free investigation of his fellow thief, Hillary Clinton.Political operatives within the Obama administration wrongly punished conservative legal group Judicial Watch, stripping it of “media” status and trying to force it to pay higher fees for its open records requests, the General Services Administration (GSA) inspector general said in a letter released Thursday.
The GSA botched several high-profile open records requests, delaying them for months while political appointees got involved, Inspector General Carol F. Ochoa said. The findings were released while the administration was facing charges of slow-walking open records requests for Hillary Clinton’s emails, as well as other requests.
In the case of Judicial Watch, the order to strip it of media status came from political operatives with long ties to Democratic causes — and even from the White House.
Hemingway is right: using various arms of the government as weapons of vengeance should define Obama’s legacy. Unfortunately, the media and pundit class are just as much in the tank for Obama as Clinton had to be as Secretary of State. They will define Obama’s legacy however he likes, and in the way that most profits them as toadies of a corrupt president.In another administration, this kind of corruption would be astonishing. The Obama White House, which promised to be the “most transparent in history” has established a real pattern of targeting political enemies and refusing to give media outlets and watchdog groups—and even Congress—public information.
Attorney General Eric Holder was held in contempt of Congress after he withheld “92 percent of the relevant documents from investigators, ignoring subpoenas, and silenc[ed] Justice Department employees” in the investigation relating to the still unexplained Fast and Furious scandal where the ATF gave Mexican drug cartels thousands of guns resulting in scores of deaths, including a U.S. border patrol agent.
[Likewise,] we’re supposed to also believe the president’s contention there’s not a “smidgen of corruption at the IRS” after that organization held a press conference admitting it improperly targeted hundreds of conservative groups, ahead of a damning Inspector General report. …
Do we even need to discuss the stonewalling of the Benghazi investigation that ultimately led to the Clinton’s email scandal? By the way, Obama’s State Department is still trying to hold back the release of Clinton emails before the election in spite of a judge’s order. And wouldn’t you know it, the group that sued to get this latest round of emails released is… Judicial Watch, the same group the Inspector General just found was improperly targeted and punished by the White House.
At what point are the media and the public at large going to be outraged by this? The Obama administration promised to be the “most transparent in history.” This appalling behavior ought to define Obama’s legacy.
They will stick together to the end, because, if nothing else, there is honor among thieves.
By now you know the answer:The inspector general said the decision came at the behest of Gregory Mecher, a former Democratic campaign fundraiser who at the time was liaison to the White House. He is married to Jen Psaki, a longtime spokeswoman with the Obama administration and its election campaigns. …
The same person who ruled on the initial request also ruled on the appeal, “contrary to GSA procedures,” the inspector general said. …
President Obama promised an era of transparency when it came to open records requests under the Freedom of Information Act, which is the chief way for Americans to pry loose data from the federal government. …
Last year, the administration spent $31.3 million to fight FOIA cases — more than twice the $15.4 million the administration spent in 2008, the final year under President George W. Bush. …
“Why are White House liaisons involved in our FOIA request?” said Mr. Fitton, the Judicial Watch president.
“There is honor among thieves!”