Hillary Clinton may maintain that the FBI investigation into her isn’t a criminal investigation, but the White House just busted yet another one of her lies. Ironically, this came just minutes after President Obama endorsed her.
Press Secretary Josh Earnest admitted that the FBI probe into her emails is a “criminal investigation.” The Republican National Committee caught the remark during Earnest’s answer to a question regarding whether the FBI can remain neutral now that Obama has declared he wants Clinton succeed him.
“They don’t have political jobs,” Earnest said. “They have career jobs as law enforcement officers and as prosecutors and investigators. That’s what their responsibility is. 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 and that people should be treated the same way before the law regardless of their political influence, regardless of their political party, regardless of their political stature and regardless of what political figure has endorsed them.”
This classification is at odds with Clinton’s. The former secretary of state, when she’s not completely dismissing questions about the unsecure private server she used to deal with classified information, chooses to refer to the FBI probe as nothing more than a “security inquiry.” She is so confident it is a non-issue that she told Fox News’ Bret Baier on Wednesday that there is “zero chance” of the FBI finding reason to indict her and she doesn’t expect it to hurt her general election hopes.
Even Obama admits she “made a mistake” when it comes to her private email server, but doesn’t think it disqualifies her from the presidency. Hopefully the FBI disagrees.[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]