To the chagrin of Americans everywhere, Hillary Clinton was formally declared the Democratic presidential nominee Tuesday night in Philadelphia. Meanwhile, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has admitted that he timed the DNC email leak with the Democratic National Convention in hopes of harming Clinton’s campaign; the IRS has launched an investigation into the Clinton Foundation; and Barack Obama still refuses to admit that Clinton’s “extremely careless” homebrew email server likely jeopardized national security:
“Can you still, as we sit here today, say she didn’t jeopardize national security information?” NBC host Savannah Guthrie asked.
“I don’t want to characterize any further what the FBI Director said,” Obama said. “I think he was comprehensive, unusually so, about how they arrived at the decision. I think Hillary’s acknowledged that she made a mistake.”
He bristled at the idea of her engaging in “criminal activities,” taking exception to the rhetoric at the Republican National Convention that included chants of “lock her up.” Bernie Sanders supporters have also cried she should be imprisoned at the Democratic National Convention, however.
“Folks are rough on Hillary Clinton in ways that, even as somebody who’s had my share of getting whacked in the public eye, I’m surprised by sometimes, and I don’t think it’s fair,” Obama said.
“But it’s not just her political opponents who are saying that this was wrong. You have the FBI Director saying it was extremely careless,” Guthrie said. “The director did say a reasonable person should know.”
Obama, sounding testy, said he didn’t want to “re-litigate this.”
“I can say with confidence that Hillary Clinton was an outstanding secretary of state, that she helped to make this country safer, that if she made mistakes, they were not ones that were intended to in any way compromise American security,” he said.
Obama’s right — it isn’t fair how Clinton’s been treated. Because whereas any commoner would have been charged for what she did, she gets to walk away scot-free.