Wallace Presses Obama: How Can You Say Hillary Didn't Jeopardize Nat'l Security?
President Obama sat down with Chris Wallace today 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 emails contained classified material, 22 of the emails had top-secret information,” said Wallace.
“Can you still say flatly that she did not jeopardize America’s secrets?”
“I’ve got to be careful because, as you know, there have been investigations, there are hearings, Congress is looking at this. And I haven’t been sorting through each and every aspect of this,” the president answered.
“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.”
Watch the full exchange, above.