White House: FBI probe into Clinton’s emails is a ‘criminal investigation’

FBI probe into Clinton's emails is a 'criminal investigation'Barack Obama’s spokesman described the FBI’s probe into Hillary Clinton’s classified email scandal as a ‘criminal investigation’ on Thursday, less than an hour after the president endorsed his embattled former secretary of state to succeed him.

Josh Earnest told reporters during a White House press briefing that Obama was committed to keeping his hands off the investigation, trusting career investigators and prosecutors to follow evidence wherever it leads.

‘That’s what their responsibility is,’ Earnest said. ‘And that’s why the president, when discussing this issue in each stage, has reiterated his commitment to this principle that any criminal investigation should be conducted independent of any sort of political interference.’

A search Thursday through White House briefing transcripts for similar acknowledgements turned up none.

Republican National Committee spokesman Michael Short crowed to reporters that ‘the White House’s admission that the FBI is investigating Hillary Clinton’s email server as a “criminal” matter shreds her dishonest claim that it is a routine “security inquiry”.’

‘This is another reminder of her reckless conduct as Obama’s secretary of state, where her attempt to skirt government transparency laws exposed highly classified information and put our national security at risk.’

Obama gave Clinton his official nod Thursday in a video message, saying: ‘I know how hard this job can be. That’s why I know Hillary will be so good at it. In fact, I don’t think there’s ever been someone so qualified to hold this office.’

In the press briefing that followed, a Fox News Channel reporter challenged Earnest on the question of whether civil servants in the U.S. Department of Justice might see the presidential endorsement as a signal that it was time to wrap up their investigations.

Clinton has been dogged for more than a year by charges that she exposed state secrets to hackers and foreign governments by keeping all her email correspondence on a private homebrew server while she was secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.

Depending on evidentiary nuances, that could violate the U.S. Espionage Act and subject Clinton to 10 years in prison, even if she put classified documents in an ‘unsecured’ location through simple negligence.

Clinton said Wednesday that she ‘absolutely’ will not face a criminal indictment.

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11 Responses to White House: FBI probe into Clinton’s emails is a ‘criminal investigation’

  1. Ametia says:

    Hillary Clinton is a white woman running for President of the United States of American. She is the presumptive nominee.

    She has been scandal-ridden, since the days of Bill Clinton’s presidency. Both of the them, full of drama, lies, power-grabbing, money, hungry, pomp and circumstance, etc. She’s currently under FBI CRIMINAL investigation.

    Would someone please tell me what is the difference between Hillary Clinton and any of the other white male GOP & Democratic presidential candidates with above qualities?

    What qualifies Hillary’s nomination or possible presidential win as HISTORIC?
    Being First Lady? Senator? Secretary of State? (which by the way, were UNREMARKABLE)

    And possibly President?

    All this shows me is that she worked her way up the power grid, just like most of the other male candidates. DIFFERENCE? She’s a woman.

    It’s absolutely MIND-BLOWING to even think that this woman could be the first with all that SHIT she’s carrying with her.

  2. Liza says:

    Good Lord. The clusterf**k gets larger every day.

    Well, the Democratic leaders have officially launched the summer of “Trump is a Monster, Vote for Hillary.” It will be interesting to see what Trump and his supporters come up with. They have quite a bit to work with, they are going to have to pick and choose.

    • Ametia says:

      Trump has ALWAYS been a MONSTER. He finally went whole hog in 2011 with the ‘BIRTHER’ NONSENSE. Which by the way, the Dems shook it off as a big joke, and did ABSOLUTELY nothing, while PBO whips out his birth certificate.

      They think we have short memories. Nothing could have been more humiliating and despicable than Trump the TURD mouthing off and asking for that B.C. but lest we forget that the SHILLARIES were out in full force first questioning and defiling Muslims with their innuendo. *Looking@youStephanieTubbsJonesburninginHELL*


      Dems are going for “TRUMP=MONSTER” tactic to deflect from Cruella de HIL

      • Liza says:

        What they are counting on is that most of us have a herd mentality. They will tell us that we are one political party, we are Democrats, we have to stick together RIGHT NOW and fight this threat. The past is the past, this is now, vote for Hillary. Afterwards, it is business as usual. The herd gets nothing.

      • Ametia says:

        Spot on! Don’t look her; lookie over there! Either you’re with us or A-GIN US!

        It’s always the ones who scream the loudest and demands until they get what they want. HERD MENTALITY is like a hamster on a wheel, it never reaches its destination

  3. Ametia says:

    Well the endorsement of Hillary is all about preserving his legacy, DON’T YOU KNOW!

  4. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Yesterday, when Hillary Clinton was first tweeting out President Obama’s endorsement video, she used the title “President Obama” or “POTUS”. Eight hours ago she simply tweeted “Thanks Obama” when posting his endorsement video. Is this significant?

    Here is that tweet from eight hours ago:


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