President Barrack Obama warned against FBI “leaks” and “innuendo” in his first public comments about the agency’s decision to disclose its new review into emails that could be relevant to Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server while she was secretary of state. Obama said he didn’t want to meddle in the law enforcement process. But he criticized any action that might allow intimations or suggestions rather than facts to pervade the public’s view of the case.
“I do think that there is a norm that when there are investigations, we don’t operate on innuendo and we don’t operate on incomplete information and we don’t operate on leaks,” Obama said in the interview. He said “We operate based on concrete decisions that are made.”
When he was asked a question specifically about Comey’s decision to make the information public days before the presidential election. Obama did not mention FBI Director James Comey by name. And he wasn’t outwardly critical of any specific move made by the department, noting that he didn’t want to be seen as influencing the investigation.
But he did downplay the implications of the Clinton email investigation, saying the matter had been resolved. “Obviously, it’s become a political controversy,” he said. “The fact of the matter is that Hillary Clinton, having been in the arena for 30 years, oftentimes gets knocked around and people say crazy stuff about her and when she makes a mistake, an honest mistake, it ends up getting blown up as if it’s some crazy thing.”