Brushing aside concerns that Hillary Clinton had compromised national security via her decision to use a private server for emails in her former role as Secretary of State, President Barack Obama added that no partisan political considerations would affect decisions from either the Federal Bureau of Investigation or the Department of Justice. Speaking with Fox News Channel’s Chris Wallace for an interview with Fox News Sunday, Obama gave a personal guarantee the rule of law would determine the outcomes of investigations of Clinton’s possibly criminal conduct.
Asked if decisions regarding Clinton’s case would be made absent of partisan political interests, Obama provided his personal guarantee in the affirmative.
“I guarantee it,” said Obama, promising that Clinton would not be protected given her political prominence as the Democratic front-runner for the party’s presidential nomination. “I can guarantee that not because I give Attorney General Lynch a directive, that is institutionally how we’ve always operated. I do not talk to the Attorney General about pending investigations. I do not talk to FBI directors about pending investigations. We have a strict line, and always have maintained it.”
Obama continued insisting that his administration does not practise double standards along partisan lines.
“I guarantee it. 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. Full stop. Period,” said Obama. “Guaranteed. Full stop. Nobody gets treated differently when it comes to the Justice Department, because nobody is against the law.”
Last October, Obama inserted himself into the ongoing investigation in an interview with CBS’s 60 Minutes, sayin, “I can tell you that this is not a situation in which America’s national security was endangered.”
In an interview with Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier in February, Attorney General Loretta Lynch refused to answer questions about Clinton’s private email server. Lynch was appointed in 1999 by President Bill Clinton to become a federal attorney.
Also in February, former CIA Director Michael Hayden said he “would lose respect” for any foreign intelligence services that had not hacked Clinton’s emails.
Clinton has repeatedly claimed that none of her emails contained information “marked classified” at the time, neglecting to mention that such classifications can only be subsequently applied if applicable given her being privy to top secret information during her former capacity as head of the State Department.
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