President Barack Obama definitely knew that Hillary Clinton was using a private email account as secretary of state — and he cautioned her not to, veteran political journalist Edward Klein told Newsmax TV
"According to State Department, White House, and Clinton sources — three separate sources — the president of the United States was … aware she was using a private server, a private email," Klein said Tuesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show."
"And either he or his people told her and warned her not to."
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The White House has said Obama emailed Clinton during her time in the State Department, but was unaware she used the personal account exclusively as well as a private server. Klein disagrees.
"That is a lie. This is not true that he was kind of vaguely aware," Klein said. "They said you've got to be using the government server and she didn't."
Klein called Clinton's apparent skipping of a separation agreement, requiring her to return all government documents when she left the State Department, a "classic Clinton avoidance."
"She knew what she was doing when she used the server to begin with, which meant that nobody could get it," he said.
"And … when she was asked or knew she was supposed to sign a separation agreement, she didn't because that separation agreement requires you to then turn over all your emails to the State Department."
Last week, Klein said the Obama administration "is up to its eyebrows in efforts to stop" Clinton from running for the White House — including six investigations launched by longtime presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett involving Clinton's years as Secretary of State.
"This administration, the Obama administration, will do virtually anything to prevent Hillary from becoming president," Klein told economist and Newsmax columnist Larry Kudlow on his WABC radio show.
"It's their view that if she does become president — like her husband, Bill — she will govern from the left of center and not be a true liberal," Klein said, "and will, therefore, compromise with Republicans like Bill did when he was in office, and will undo a lot of the Obama legacy.
"They are determined to stop her — and of course, it's not going to be easy," he said.
Klein, editor of The New York Times Magazine from 1977 to 1987, has written several books critical of Bill and Hillary Clinton and President Obama. His latest is "Blood Feud: The Obamas vs. The Clintons,"
published by Regnery.
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