Chris Wallace Questions Obama on Hillary’s Emails

From Fox News Insider:

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President Obama sat down with Chris Wallace Sunday for his first interview on Fox News Channel since 2014, and his first appearance on Fox News Sunday since being elected president.

In a wide-ranging exclusive interview, Wallace asked Obama about his stance on the federal investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails, and in particular whether it has changed at all since last year.

Obama had said last October that America’s national security was not “endangered” by his former Secretary of State’s private email server.

“Since then, we’ve learned that over 2,000 of her e-mails contained classified material, 22 of the e-mails had top-secret information,” said Wallace. “Can you still say flatly that she did not jeopardize America’s secrets?”

“Here’s what I know: Hillary Clinton was an outstanding Secretary of State. She would never intentionally put America in any kind of jeopardy.”

Asked by Wallace whether he would still make the same statement, Obama said he believes that there was “a carelessness” in the way Clinton managed her emails.

But “she has acknowledged” that, he added.

“I continue to believe that she has not jeopardized America’s national security.”


How many times have we heard government officials refuse to answer questions about ongoing investigations? Hundreds of times. Repeating that phrase is their go-to answer any time they want to avoid an uncomfortable question. The president should have refused to answer any and all questions regarding Hillary’s emails. By responding to Wallace’s questions, he just put a defensive slant on the issue and used his office to indirectly  influence decisions regarding this case.

Further, I take issue with Chris Wallace for even asking O about it. He’s been a journalist for many years and knows the unwritten rule regarding open investigations, but went there anyway. He had to know that O would defend her and he opened the door for this.

Bob Woodward, famed Watergate investigator, also appeared on Fox News Sunday – here’s an excerpt from that interview:

Chris Wallace: Let me pick up on the fact that president even discussed it. I remember when Richard Nixon was president, I think he weighed in on the Manson case, and he got blasted about speaking and of course, he didn’t have any relationship to the Manson family. What do you think of the propriety of the president weighing in like this in the midst of an FBI investigation?

Bob Woodward: Well, it proves that we’re in a political situation here now. Hillary Clinton is running for president. There have been lots of questions. I think serious, unanswered questions about the e-mail. But if you can establish there was no intent and there is carelessness in the system-

Chris Wallace: What about the president weighing in?

Bob Woodward: Look, he’s a political figure and that’s up to him. Karl made the critique, I think, you know, always better in a case like this, with a sensitive case, it’s a hot stove, don’t touch it. He not only touched it, he put his arms around it.

Fox likes to brag that they ask the tough questions, but there are some questions that should remain unasked.


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8 replies

  1. As luck would have it, though I’d rather have a colonoscopy than listen to Obama speak, I actually saw/heard Wallace ask that question and heard Obama answer it. I agree with CW that he should NOT have answered it the way he did – if that was not influencing the investigation, I don’t know what it was. When the POTUS in effect says that the perp is innocent, how is that NOT bringing the power of his office into the case? I do think that it was intentional and was a “coded” direction to Lynch to find no evidence that Hillary endangered national secrets by her actions. I guess we’ll see whether Director Comey has any balls. That’ll be step 1 – more to follow.


    • When talking to Woodward, Wallace seemed surprised that O would weigh in on the issue, yet from all we’ve seen the interviews are pre-planned. Topics open for questions are discussed with O prior to interviews. Regardless, neither one of them should have mentioned it, period.


  2. I’m sure it seems like I say this about everyone but I can’t stand Chris Wallace. He places more value on asking “gotcha” questions than getting to the truth.

    You’re certainly right about the propriety of a sitting POTUS weighing in on an ongoing investigation, Kathy, but since when has doing the right and proper thing been a standard of Obama’s? Justice be damned, that’s the leftist motto.

    Needless to say I didn’t see the interview. I would ask you if Wallace bothered to ask Obama this follow-up question: “If Mrs. Clinton was careless with her emails, as you say, how can you suggest with a straight face that she never jeopardized our national security?” however, there’s little point to this or any other question asked of an unapologetic liar. Actually, there’s a good question for Obama: “Mr. President, does it bother you at all to lie all the time or do you have no conscience whatsoever?”

    I’ll stand up and cheer for the brave journalist who finally asks that question.


  3. It seemed to me that BHO signalled AG Lynch directives as to how he would prefer her to proceed.

    That’s exactly how I think they’ll go, unless the case is so obvious that it would create an even bigger problem should they try to stonewall it. BHO doesn’the love Hillary that much!


    • That’s the impression I get too, especially now, after seeing this piece, posted by Fiscal Times, where O vowed that Justice and FBI will not protect the Democratic frontrunner.

      “I can guarantee that, not because I give Attorney General Lynch a directive, that is institutionally how we have always operated. I do not talk to the Attorney General about pending investigations. I do not talk to FBI directors about pending investigations.”

      “I guarantee that there is no political influence in any investigation conducted by the Justice Department, or the FBI, not just in this case, but in any case,” Obama added. “Full stop. Period.”

      He sounds like Dr. Seuss – “I do not like green eggs and ham.”

      This is coming from the same guy that said we could keep our doctors, so I’ll just say that I guarantee you he has indeed talked to Lynch about this case.


      • I wonder, is it possible that the FBI has also established a second line of “attack,” that being the power of the SOS being used for the enrichment of the Clinton Foundation? I know that they have been investigating that aspect as well and that’s one avenue on which they could proceed and not involve Obama – he might approve that one???????


      • That’s possible, but wouldn’t that still involve his Justice Dept or could the FBI pursue it themselves? I’m still factoring in the dirt they have on each other. True, he may not like her, but if she has dirt, especially Benghazi dirt, that would prompt him to treat her email scandal as a mere screw up.


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