President Barack Obama insisted in an interview with Fox News aired Sunday that the FBI and Justice Department will not protect Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton while investigating her private emails and server.
“I can guarantee that,” Obama said repeatedly in an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace, who interviewed the president in his first appearance on “Fox News Sunday” during his seven-year tenure.
“I do not talk to the Attorney General about pending investigations. I do not talk to FBI directors about pending investigations,” Obama said. “I guarantee that there is no political influence in any investigation conducted by the Justice Department, or the FBI, not just in this case, but in any case.”
The FBI has an “active, ongoing investigation” into the private email account and server Clinton used as secretary of state. But many Republicans have contended that the Justice Department would not prosecute Clinton even if it found she broke the law.
Wallace pressed Obama on the point, asking if she could be prosecuted “even if she ends up as the Democratic nominee?”
“How many times do I have to say it, Chris? Guaranteed,” Obama responded.
Obama also said that Clinton’s personal email use “has not jeopardized America’s national security,” even though they contained classified information. “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,” Obama said.
The president also noted that not all “classified” material is created equal.
“There’s classified, and then there’s classified,” Obama said. “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.”