President Obama, in a 60 Minutes interview which aired on Sunday, said Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email server was a “mistake” which the American people will have to make their own judgement about.
Obama told CBS’ Steve Kroft: “She made a mistake. She has acknowledged it. I do think that the way it’s been ginned up is in part because of politics.” He added: “I think she’d be the first to acknowledge that maybe she could have handled the original decision better and the disclosures more quickly.” [See video above starting above at 1:25.]
Kroft followed up by asking the president if he is guilty of a double standard, given the administration’s prosecution of others for the mishandling of classified information. Obama responded by saying: “Well, I– there’s no doubt that there had been breaches, and these are all a matter of degree. We don’t get an impression that here there was purposely efforts…to hide something or to squirrel away information.”
The FBI is currently investigating whether classified information was mishandled due to Clinton’s use of a private, unsecured server.
Fox News’ senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano has observed on numerous occasions that Clinton appears to be guilty of the same crime for which former CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus was prosecuted and convicted. He noted in August, after the FBI opened its probe: “The FBI investigates for potential violations of criminal law and breaches of American national security.”
“But given that the top secret, the highest level of classified information we have, was found on a non-government server, you could make the case easily she failed to protect national security secrets in a manner the law required her to protect [them], and that is the same crime the general [David Petraeus] was indicted and prosecuted and convicted [on],” he added.
“There is a significant difference between Petraeus and Clinton, though, Napolitano added. In Petraeus’ case, it was confidential information that was being shared, but in Hillary’s, ‘it is the highest classification,’” according to NewsMax.
Obama conceded in his Sunday interview with Kroft that the American people have every right to consider whether Clinton’s actions were appropriate, but added that the political season is fueling the fire. “This is one of those issues that I think is legitimate but the fact that for the last three months this is all that’s been spoken about is an indication that we’re in presidential political season,” Obama told CBS.
“What I think is that it is important for her to answer these questions to the satisfaction of the American public,” Obama said Sunday. “And they can make their own judgment.”
h/t: Fox News