Obama Defends Clinton’s Use of Private Email Servers
Obama previously defended her use of private servers in October, but since then, it has been revealed that classified information had flowed through the servers, and that more than a dozen emails contained top secret information.
When asked whether the Obama can guarantee that Clinton didn’t “jeopardize America’s secrets,” the president punted, saying that the FBI investigation is still ongoing.
“I’ve got to be careful because, as you know, there have been investigations, there are hearings, Congress is looking at this. And I haven’t been sorting through each and every aspect of this,” Obama told Fox News. “She would never intentionally put America in any kind of jeopardy.”
Obama then downplayed the status of so-called top secret information altogether.
“I handle a lot of classified information … there’s classified, and then there’s classified,” Obama said. “There’s stuff that is being presented to the president or the secretary of state … but is basically stuff that you could get in open source.”
Obama then added that he “continues to believe” that America’s national security hasn’t been jeopardized by Clinton’s private email servers, and that regardless, she had done a great job as Secretary of State.
Clinton’s use of private email servers is being investigated by roughly four dozen FBI agents, and some have questioned whether the Obama administration would tilt the investigation in Clinton’s favor.
“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,” Obama said.