Throughout the ongoing scandal regarding Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified emails on a private server, it has been maintained by the Clinton campaign that the FBI’s investigation is merely a security review and not criminal in nature.
However, recent statements from White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest may undermine whether the Obama administration believes this is actually the case.
Earnest met with reporters Thursday to discuss President Barack Obama’s recent endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president.
Earnest was questioned on the appropriateness of such an endorsement in light of the continuing investigation.
The reporter asked, “I wonder if you could address for us the potential conflict of interest that might exist when the President of the United States … is openly saying ‘I want this woman to succeed me in the Oval Office.’”
Earnest answered saying, “You noted instances where the president was asked about the FBI investigations. And in each of those answers the president made clear that that is being conducted independent of any sort of political interference.”
He added the president feels confident in making the endorsement because he knows the investigation will be conducted by people not swayed by political forces.
Earnest ended saying, “And that’s why the president … has reiterated his commitment to this principle that any criminal investigation should be conducted independent of any sort of political interference and that people should be treated the same way before the law regardless of their political influence, regardless of their political party, regardless of their political stature and regardless of what political figure has endorsed them.”