Obama Just Weighed In On Hillary’s Email Scandal–Remarkably Kept A Straight Face…

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

After A Fired Employee Made A Huge Allegation About Benghazi Panel, Gowdy Just Shot Back

Allegations have been made by a former Benghazi committee staffer that the committee was a planned effort to harm Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid. On Sunday, Trey Gowdy (R-SC), the chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, fired back.

Gowdy stated that he had never met with the staffer and investigator, Air Force Reserves officer Bradley F. Podliska, and that Podliska had been reprimanded for his own efforts to inappropriately focus the investigation on Clinton.

Podliska, a self-described conservative Republican, alleges that he lost his job in part because he refused to focus his investigative efforts on Clinton and the State Department. He also claims that he was fired in part because he took leave to fulfill his military service obligations. If fired for this reason, it would be an unlawful firing.

The select committee’s top Democrat, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), stated: “These are extremely serious whistle-blower charges. Republicans have been abusing millions of taxpayer dollars for the illegitimate purpose of damaging Hillary Clinton’s bid for president.”

Podliska’s accusations follow statements made by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy less than two weeks ago:

“Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping. Why? Because she’s untrustable. But no one would have known any of that had happened had we not fought.”

Gowdy said about Podliska: “Because I do not know him, and cannot recall ever speaking to him, I can say for certain he was never instructed by me to focus on Clinton, nor would he be a credible person to speak on my behalf.”

Furthermore, Gowdy said that Podliska had never mentioned Clinton during his firing process or throughout the legal mediation process.

Gowdy also said that the committee had interviewed 44 new witnesses and recovered more than 50,000 pages of documents while “only half of one interview” has focused on Clinton’s email arrangements.

Clinton is set to appear before the select committee on October 22nd, her first appearance before the committee.

On Sunday, Gowdy said in a statement: “This committee always has been and will be focused on the four brave Americans we lost in Benghazi and providing the final, definitive accounting of the Benghazi terrorist attacks for the American people.”

What do you think?  Has the select committee headed by Gowdy inappropriately focused on Clinton? Or does it remain focused on capturing the truth about Benghazi? Comment below.

Wow: In Just One Week Things Changed So Much For Hillary She’ll Be Wondering What Hit Her

As Hillary Clinton prepares for the first Democratic presidential debate Tuesday night, the results of a recent poll show a stunning decline in her support. Other polls, meanwhile, show that America’s voters have severe trust issues with Clinton and that she has a massive disconnect with men.

From October 4 to October 9, Hillary’s support among Democratic voters fell significantly, from 51 percent to just 41 percent, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Friday.

Rival Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., rose from 24 percent to 28 percent in that poll, while those supporting undeclared Vice President Joe Biden rose from 16 percent to 20 percent.

Clinton has been the Democratic front-runner ever since she announced her candidacy in April. She has faced ever-increasing scrutiny over her use of a private email server while she was Secretary of State and widening doubts about her ever-changing responses to the ongoing investigation into her use of the server.

In addition to her 10-point slide in the Reuters/Ipsos poll, other surveys revealed more bad news for Clinton.

A new CBS poll found that only 33 percent of those polled viewed Clinton favorably. The poll found that Clinton has a 53 percent unfavorability rating and that 61 percent of voters also say Clinton is not honest. The impact of the lingering email scandal was clear. Seventy-one percent of respondents thought her actions were inappropriate and 59 percent were dissatisfied with her explanations.

Clinton’s gender gap has also become an issue. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll in Iowa showed that 67 percent of men view Clinton’s candidacy unfavorably. This follows a Quinnipiac survey showing Clinton’s negative ratings with white men at 72 percent.

h/t: Business Insider

Watch: Hillary Sent Ben Carson A Copy Of Her Book. What He Did With It Is Going Viral

A video of Ben Carson’s campaign posted on Friday has already gone viral, as it closes in on 2 million views.

The video called “Thanks Hillary” features members of Carson’s campaign staff finding creative ways to use the free copy of Clinton’s book Hard Choices, which she sent to her would-be Republican rivals.

The Democrat candidate revealed at a campaign stop in Iowa that she sent the GOP presidential field the book because they were all asking from the debate stage and otherwise what she had accomplished as secretary of state.

The Huffington Post reports:

“I have now sent each of them a copy of my book, Hard Choices,” Clinton said as the audience erupted in laughter. “You know, there were so many of them that they could have a book club.” Clinton and her staff came up with the idea shortly after the second Republican debate last month…

Along with each book, Clinton sent a personalized letter. “I understand that you and your fellow Republican candidates for president were questioning my record of accomplishment at your last debate, so I thought you might enjoy reading my book,” the letter read.”

Breitbart reports that Carson’s campaign manager Barry Bennett wanted to pass along a message to Clinton: “We wondered what she was going to do with all of those unsold copies. But after skimming the book it is now clear that dismal sales were caused by not properly classifying the book as fiction.”

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee reminded Clinton one of the choices she should not have struggled to make was whether to save Americans in Benghazi.

Sen. Ted Cruz said he was glad to return the favor and send her a copy of his book.

And Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal made this deal with the Clinton:

Rudy Giuliani: Hillary Grossly ‘Negligent In The Handling Of Sensitive Information’


Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani told Sean Hannity that Hillary Clinton has committed at least 13 criminal violations.

Well I told you, I think, several weeks ago that there are at least 13 statutes that, according to the public record, if true, Hillary Clinton violated. They range from misdemeanors to felonies. She was taking classified information, confidential information. She was using it in a grossly negligent manner. That’s a two-year misdemeanor. She violated the mail fraud statutes, the wire fraud statutes, the obstruction of justice statute by destroying the emails. I mean the number of violations are piling up.

Mr. Giuliani said that Mrs. Clinton lied about the emails that she deleted.

First of all, you have her lying. She said that all the ones deleted were all personal. And it now turns out that hundreds and hundreds and hundreds that were deleted were clearly not personal. They were anywhere from government information to top secret information. We also have the destruction of evidence. There is nothing more powerful in a trial than to have a defendant who has destroyed evidence and actually lied about the evidence that was destroyed.

Giuliani said Clinton has shown herself to be negligent in handling sensitive government information.

But the case is getting so strong now, that it’s going to be really hard to have an intellectually honest decision and walk away from it.  We’re talking about 13 to 15 serious federal statutes that on the face of it, she appears to have violated. She also has proven that she is completely, grossly negligent in the handling of sensitive information. And we want somebody like this for President of the United States?