Obama de­fends Clin­ton, says FBI de­ci­sions, stan­dards poor

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama staunchly de­fended Hil­lary Clin­ton’s use of pri­vate email as an “hon­est mis­take,” sug­gest­ing Wed­nes­day that vot­ers should dis­count in­nu­endo-filled rev­e­la­tions that the FBI is look­ing into more emails just ahead of Elec­tion Day.

Obama walked a care­ful line in his first public com­ments about FBI Direc­tor James Comey’s de­ci­sion to pub­licly dis­close the emails’ ex­is­tence, which has roiled the cam­paign. Though he did not ex­plic­itly crit­i­cize Comey, Obama out­lined a stan­dard for how investigations should be con­ducted that con­trasted sharply with the ap­proach Comey has pur­sued.

“I do think that there is a norm that when there are investigations, we don’t op­er­ate on in­nu­endo, we don’t op­er­ate on in­com­plete in­for­ma­tion, we don’t op­er­ate on leaks,” Obama told the on­line news out­let Now This. “We op­er­ate based on con­crete de­ci­sions that are made.”

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