Obama: Hillary Clinton Made Email Mistake, But ‘National Security Was Not Endangered’
President Barack Obama said that he did not think Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server while she served as secretary of state posed a “national security problem” either before or after her tenure.
Appearing on CBS’ 60 Minutes, Obama said, “I can tell you that this is not a situation in which America’s national security was endangered. We don’t get an impression that here there was purposely efforts to hide something or to squirrel away information.” While he acknowledged that Clinton had made a mistake in the way she handed her emails, he also said that the issue had been “ginned-up.”
When asked whether or not he felt the controversy was a big deal, Obama said he was “not going to comment” on that. However, he said, “It is important for her to answer these questions to the satisfaction of the American public. And they can make their own judgment.” He further added that it “is not a situation in which America’s national security was endangered.”
“You know, she made a mistake. She has acknowledged it,” Obama said, as reported by Breitbart.
An FBI investigation was launched into Clinton’s use of a private server through which several emails that contained classified information were passed through during her time as secretary of state. Obama said he learned of the transfer of private emails through news reports after her tenure.
Seven in 10 registered voters claim it was inappropriate for Clinton to have used a private server while she served as secretary of state, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll, ABC News reports. Obama added that Clinton was not deliberately concealing information, nor her email controversy put national security in jeopardy. “I’m going to leave it to Hillary when she has an interview with you to address all these questions,” he concluded.
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