June 15, 2018
FBI, Justice Department officials upset by Barack Obama’s comments on Hillary Clinton email use, watchdog finds
Now why might President Obama want to quickly dismiss the use of a private email server for state business by HIS Secretary of State? I just can’t imagine.
(From The Washington Examiner)
During the interview, Obama said Clinton’s use of a private email server was a “mistake,” but said it did not “pose a national security problem” and was “not a situation in which America’s national security was endangered.”
“[W]e opened up criminal investigations. And you have the president of the United States saying this is just a mistake. … That’s a problem, right?” former Executive Assistant Director of the FBI’s National Security Branch John Giacalone told the Justice Department’s watchdog.
That sentiment was echoed by the former assistant director of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division, Randy Coleman, who said the bureau had “a group of guys in here, professionals, that are conducting an investigation. And the … president of the United States just came out and said there’s no there there.”
Michael Steinbach, who also formerly served as the executive assistant director for the FBI’s National Security Branch, told the Office of the Inspector General that Obama’s comments created “controversy” within the bureau.
“[Y]ou’re prejudging the results of an investigation before they really even have been started,” he said, according to the report. “That’s … hugely problematic for us.”
Prosecutors within the Justice Department also exchanged emails raising concerns about Obama’s comments to “60 Minutes.”
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