Washington, Oct 12 (EFE).- President Barack Obama believes that Hillary Clinton made a “mistake” by using a private email server when she was secretary of state, but he said that it did not endanger U.S. national security.
The president gave his analysis of the situation in an interview aired Sunday night on CBS’s “60 Minutes.”
When asked about the controversy over the Democratic presidential frontrunner’s emails, Obama said that he did not feel “it posed a national security problem.”
“I think that it was a mistake that she has acknowledged and … as a general proposition, when we’re in these offices, we have to be more sensitive and stay as far away from the line as possible when it comes to how we handle information, how we handle our own personal data. And … she made a mistake. She has acknowledged it,” he said.
Obama went on to say, however, that “I do think that the way it’s been ginned up is in part … because of politics.”
“This is one of those issues that I think is legitimate, but the fact that for the last three months this is all that’s been spoken about is an indication that we’re in presidential political season,” he added.
The controversy over Clinton’s emails arose weeks before she announced her 2016 presidential campaign, when the news broke that during her four years as secretary of state, she always used a personal email account – with a private server – for her communications.
Clinton acknowledged last March that it would have been “smarter” to use an official email account, adding that she only erased personal messages and not ones related to her work as secretary of state.
In addition, she turned over 55,000 pages of emails from her time as the top U.S. diplomat to be made public, but the case has prompted questions about whether she dealt with classified government information in an improper way by using a private account.
When asked about the possibility of Vice President Joe Biden launching his own campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, Obama said only that his No. 2 will be remembered “as one of the finest vice presidents in history,” adding that “I don’t think there’s any politician at a national level that has not thought about being the president.” EFE