MSNBC’s "Morning Joe" panel on Monday was stunned by President Barack Obama’s remarks about the FBI’s investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during an interview this weekend.
In response to a question from Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace about whether Clinton will “be in any way protected” by political influence during the investigation, Obama replied, “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.”
“Full stop. Period,” the president stressed.
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The panel sat briefly in stunned silence.
“Wait,” co-host Joe Scarborough said. “Can you guys believe what you just heard?”
“He said, ‘believe me,’ like someone else,” co-host Mika Brzezinski said.
“He said he wasn’t going to talk to the attorney general about the pending investigation, but he just did, as he did back in October when he said, ‘No national security issues here. Nothing to see, move along.’’
Scarborough noted that the FBI has “complained” that the president should allow them to conclude their investigation before commenting on its outcome.
“And he just did it again!” Scarborough said. “And then in the same interview [he] said, ‘I’m not talking to my attorney general about it.’ Talk about a rigged process.”
“It seemed ill-advised to say I got no connection to this but here’s what I know about it and here’s my conclusion,” Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin added. “In theory, he shouldn’t really know the facts of the case.”
Scarborough said that this president has been “more aggressive with reporters about classified secrets being leaked than any president.”
“Are the president’s standards much lower when it comes to America’s national security than his own State Department?” Scarborough asked.
“It’s as if he’s like the Clinton campaign communications director in trying to exonerate her before the investigation is completed,” Halperin said.
Brzezinski said that if the president is going to be “campaigning for Hillary," he "may as well endorse her.”
Bloomberg’s Jon Heilemann called the inconsistency “profound.”
“The system is rigged,” Brzezinski reiterated.
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(H/T: Washington Free Beacon)