President Obama told the CBS 60 Minutes weekend show that Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server to conduct government business as Secretary of State was a mistake, and that doing so did not endanger national security:
"“I think she’d be the first to acknowledge that maybe she could have handled the original decision better and the disclosures more quickly."
In downplaying the national security threat, the President essentially has undermined the function and authority of the Select Committee on Benghazi, the FBI, the Justice Dept., and the Inspectors General, agencies who are currently executing ongoing investigations into Benghazi and Server -"Gates."
By discounting these agencies and their investigations, Obama is also sending them a message to back-off, and to stand down.
When the head of the Executive Branch comes out and essentially absolves one of its employees and effectively states that they have done nothing wrong, while that employee is being investigated by multiple agencies and government bodies, it puts the investigative agencies at odds with their boss.
Did Obama make those public statements in order to get investigators to stand down?
That is certainly the way it looks, and perhaps that is why today the President's propaganda man, Josh Earnest came just short of retracting Obama's statements. Earnest said that the President's statement was made "based on what we publicly know now."
CNN'S Laura Koran reports that Earnest was today walking back the President's remarks about Hillary Servergate. She quotes Earnest:
"...The President was making an observation about what we know so far, which is that Secretary Clinton herself has turned over a bunch of email to the State Department, and the review of that email has garnered some differing assessments about what's included in there..."According to Koran, Earnest said today that there "...certainly was not an attempt, in any way, to undermine the importance or independence of the ongoing FBI investigation..." and that Earnest stressed that Obama "...has a healthy respect for the kinds of independent investigations that are conducted by inspectors general and, where necessary, by the FBI..."
But the cat is out of the bag already, isn't it?
Shrewd and calculating Barack Obama, who carefully minces words to be specific, and who parses in order to frame his messages to his allies and to his opponents, was not mistaken in his pronunciation about Hillary's actions. While he cannot order the investigations to cease, he can certainly present his views via the media and public platforms.
If any investigative body had any idea of "going rogue" and advancing against Obama's former Secretary of State, those "public comments" would certainly clarify the position of the most powerful boss in the world. Would they not?