Shortly after announcing his endorsement of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Thursday, President Obama met privately with Attorney General Loretta Lynch in the Oval Office.
Lynch, as head of the Department of Justice, will ultimately decide whether to prosecute the former secretary of state for the alleged mishandling of classified information and political corruption in relation to the Clinton Foundation.
More than 2,000 Clinton emails were found to contain classified information, including 22 designated “top secret” and too damaging to be released to the public, even now.
When the story broke of Clinton’s use of an unsecured server last spring, she told reporters “no classified material” was on it. Later in the summer, she said it contained none that was “classified at the time.” In late January, she stated no information had been “marked classified.”
“She’s got the courage, the compassion, and the heart to get the job done.”
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— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 9, 2016
Clinton has characterized her decision as a “mistake,” while Obama stated in a Fox News interview in April, “I continue to believe she has not jeopardized America’s national security,” despite the ongoing investigation into the matter. “[T]here’s a carelessness in terms of managing e-mails that she has owned,” 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. Period,” the president assured interviewer Chris Wallace.
In his Thursday endorsement, the president had nothing but praise for Clinton, hitting the note multiple times that she is a person of good character.
A Fox News poll taken in May found just 31 percent believe the Democratic candidate is “honest and trustworthy.”
Lauding her virtues, Obama said, “Even after our own hard-fought campaign, in a testament to her character, she agreed to serve our country as secretary of state. From the decision we made in the Situation Room to get [Osama] bin Laden to our pursuit in capitals around the world, I’ve seen her judgment, I’ve seen her toughness. I have seen her commitment to our values, up close.”
As reported by Western Journalism, the State Department’s inspector general has determined that Clinton did not comply with the agency’s record policies, singling out her use of the private, unsecured email server for particular scrutiny. The IG further revealed that Clinton and her aides refused to participate in the review.
Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano believes the reason Clinton chose to exclusively use a private server was to give her total control over the public record, including any Freedom of Information Act requests that she would receive while serving as secretary of state and after leaving office. In his assessment, she clearly broke the law.
While testifying before Congress in February, Lynch promised lawmakers regarding the investigation in Clinton’s alleged misconduct, “[W]hat I will say is, again, that this will be conducted as every other case. And we will review all the facts and all the evidence, and come to an independent conclusion as how to best handle it.”
While what she promised may be true, her meeting with Obama shortly after he endorsed Clinton at least gives the appearance, despite public assurances by both to the contrary, that justice may not be served.