Obama Responds to Comey’s Clinton Letter: ‘We Don’t Operate on Innuendo’


President Obama has broken his silence on the news about Hillary Clinton‘s email, and it seems he does not approve of the innuendo shrouding the letter released by FBI Director James Comey.

During an interview with NowThis, Versha Sharma asked Obama how he felt about how Comey’s message about a probe has brought Clinton’s server scandal back to the forefront of the 2016 election. Obama insisted that while Clinton made a mistake, her critics have blown it out of proportion, and that she is the strongest choice for America’s political future.

While discussing the timing of Comey’s letter, Obama also discussed the importance that the election remains an independent process, free from any undue influence.

“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. We operate based on concrete decisions that are made. When this was investigated thoroughly, the last time, the conclusion of the FBI…was that she had made some mistakes, but that there wasn’t anything there that was prosecutable.”

The remarks strike a somewhat different tone from Press Secretary Josh Earnest, who stated earlier this week that the White House would neither “defend nor criticize” Comey’s actions.

Corey’s letter has drawn criticism from both sides of the aisle, with those stating that the election is too close for it to be meddled with through such vague announcements.

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