WASHINGTON (FOX NEWS) – President Barack Obama gave his first public comments on the e-mail scandal since the FBI’s shocking decision last week to resurrect its investigation.
“I’ve made a very deliberate effort to make sure that I don’t look like I’m meddling,” President Obama said.
In a new interview, President Obama seemed to dismiss FBI Director James Comey’s decision to re- initiate the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation.
“The fact of the matter is that Hillary Clinton, having been in the arena for 30 years, often times gets knocked around, and people say crazy stuff about her, and when she makes a mistake – an honest mistake – it ends up being blown up, as if it’s just some crazy thing.”
This is not the first time President Obama has seemed to put his thumb on the scale.
Breaking away with protocol, in a 2015 interview with 60 Minutes, the president downplayed the discovery of classified e-mails on Clinton’s unsecured personal server she used as secretary of state.
“I can tell you that this is not a situation in which America’s national security was endangered,” President Obama.
The president has a stake in the outcome as the state department revealed last year. He corresponded with Clinton using her personal e-mail address.
“I can confirm that 18 e-mails comprised of eight distinct e-mail chains between former Secretary Clinton and President Obama are being withheld in full from the State Department’s FOIA production today of these e-mails of Secretary-former Secretary Clinton’s e-mails,” State Department Spokesman John Kirby said.
In her April FBI interview, Clinton aide Huma Abedin told agents that she notified the White House when Clinton changed her e-mail address so the president’s high-security Blackberry would not block the e-mails.
The president used an alias for these communications.
As FBI agents sift through the reported 650,000 e-mails found on a home computer used by Anthony Weiner and Abedin, his estranged wife, the White House dismissed questions the president’s e-mails could be uncovered.
“I think as has been — if the public reports are true, nobody knows what’s on that computer. And I’m not going to speculate about what may or may not be there,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.
The discovery of sensitive records on Weiner’s computer could create real legal jeopardy for Abedin, who signed a State Department exit agreement promising to return classified information or face criminal charges.
Five members of Clinton’s team received limited immunity agreements. Deals, lawyers Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson, the Justice Department swapped access to their computers and in return, promised to destroy them.
With new confirmation the FBI is pursuing the Clinton Foundation; experts said the deals showed bad judgment
“They have, potentially, lost the ability to engage what it is that’s on the new computer as opposed to what was on the old computer if they’re going to try to show that somebody withheld information from them. It may be impossible to prove,” Defense Attorney Edward Macmahon said.
Two sources close to the FBI tell FOX News that the Clinton Foundation investigation is one of the Bureau’s highest priorities.
New evidence from Wikileaks and Anthony Weiner’s computer will lead to more witness interviews.
Some witnesses have already been questioned multiple times and on the computers.
The two sources said they were not destroyed by the FBI.