April 10, 2016

President Obama Hedges On Previous Clinton Email Comments About National Security

On Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace asked President Obama about his previous claim that he believed Secretary Clinton’s private email server did not put national security secrets at risk. Today, the president took a different approach, saying he doesn’t want to comment during ongoing investigations. That’s quite the hedge from just a few months ago:

CHRIS WALLACE: “Last October, you said that Hillary Clinton’s private email server did not jeopardize national secrets.“

PRESIDENT OBAMA (CLIP): “I can tell that this is not a situation in which America’s national security was endangered.”

WALLACE: “Since then, we’ve learned than over 2,000 of her emails contained classified material, 22 of the emails had top secret information – can you still say flatly that she did not jeopardize America’s secrets?”

PRESIDENT OBAMA: “I’ve got to be careful, because as you know, there’ve been investigations, there are hearings, Congress is looking at this, and I haven’t been sorting through each and every aspect of this. Here’s what I know: Hillary Clinton was an outstanding secretary of state. She would never intentionally put America in any kind of jeopardy.”