The president went in depth in his defense of his former secretary of state, even after saying he had to be careful because of the ongoing investigations in the Department of Justice and Congress.
“I continue to believe that she has not jeopardized America’s national security,” Obama said.
Obama was confronted about 2,000 email exchanges that had to be redacted for containing classified information when they were released by the State Department. Those emails were found to have passed through Clinton's private email server.
“What I also know, because I handle a lot of classified information, is that there are -- there’s classified, and then there’s classified,” said Obama, emphasizing his second use of “classified.” “There’s stuff that is really top secret, top secret, and there’s stuff that is being presented to the president or the secretary of state that you might not want on the transom or going out over the wire but is basically stuff that you could get in open-source.”
When confronted about the investigation earlier this week, Clinton laughed off the prospect that she would be put in handcuffs when it concludes.
This being Fox News the President was also peppered with questions about possible interference of the FBI probe by his administration.
This was his response:
“I guarantee there is no political influence in any investigation conducted by the Justice Department of the FBI, not just in this case but in any case,” he said. “Full stop. Period. Guaranteed. Nobody gets treated differently when it comes to the Justice Department because nobody is above the law.”
Of course Hillary's detractors will never believe this to be true.
Nor will anything the President says convince them that Hillary is not guilty of every manufactured "scandal" that has been created by the Right Wing over the last 25 years.