Throughout the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email server during her time as Secretary of State, Barack Obama has always stood firmly behind her. That’s why it came as a huge surprise on Sunday when the president turned on her during an interview with Fox News.
According to Politico, Obama told Fox that his FBI and Justice Department will not protect Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton during their investigation into her emails.
“I can guarantee that,” Obama said repeatedly during his interview with Chris Wallace.
“I do not talk to the Attorney General about pending investigations. I do not talk to FBI directors about pending investigations,” Obama said. “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.”
Many Republicans have claimed that the Justice Department would not prosecute Clinton even if it found she broke the law. Wallace pressed Obama on this, asking if Clinton would be prosecuted “even if she ends up as the Democratic nominee?”
“How many times do I have to say it, Chris? Guaranteed,” Obama responded.
Obama went on to say that Clinton’s personal email use “has not jeopardized America’s national security,” even though they contained classified information.
“Now, what I’ve also said is that — and she has acknowledged — that there’s a carelessness, in terms of managing e-mails, that she has owned, and she recognizes,” Obama said.
He went on to say that all “classified” materials are not equal.
“There’s classified, and then there’s classified,” Obama said. “There’s stuff that is really top-secret, top-secret, and there’s stuff that is being presented to the president or the secretary of state, that you might not want on the transom, or going out over the wire, but is basically stuff that you could get in open-source.”
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