by Susan Jones, CNSnews:
No one at the White House knew that FBI Director James Comey was going to speak on Tuesday, never mind what he’d say, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters on Tuesday.
“With regard to a reaction from the White House, I don’t have an official reaction to share,” he said. “The reason for that is simply that, while the FBI is completing their investigation, the career prosecutors at the Department of Justice still have to make a final determination about how and whether to proceed.
“And we have gone to great lengths to avoid the appearance of interfering with this ongoing process. Director Comey himself noted that there was no outside influence brought to bear on this investigation. That certainly is consistent with the effort that we have made to protect the independence of the investigation.”
In October 2015, President Obama, commenting on Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email server, said, “I can tell that you this is not a situation in which America’s national security was endangered.” This was one month after the FBI quietly began its investigation.
Then in April, Obama told “Fox News Sunday,” “I continue to believe that she has not jeopardized America’s national security. Now what I’ve also said is that — and she has acknowledged — that there’s a carelessness, in terms of managing e-mails, that she has owned, and she recognizes.
“But I also think it is important to keep this in perspective. This is somebody who has served her country for four years as secretary of state, and did an outstanding job. And no one has suggested that in some ways, as a consequence of how she’s handled e-mails, that that detracted from her excellent ability to carry out her duties.”
Last month, President Obama endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, prompting Fox News’s James Rosen to ask Obama’s spokesman about a potential conflict of interest, given the FBI’s ongoing investigation of Obama’s chosen successor.
Please follow SGT Report on Twitter & help share the message.