Obama’s recent statement to Fox News’ Chris Wallace about his former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton’s email scandal is reminiscent of the 1998 Impeachment of her husband, former president Bill Clinton. Bill Clinton’s response to one question will never be forgotten for its absurdity then, now, or in the future. He infamously replied, “It depends on what the meaning of the word, ‘is,’ is.”
Similarly, Obama told Wallace, “there’s classified and then there’s classified.”
What does that mean, exactly?
Jeff Dunetz at the LidBlog.com suggests,
“It seemed as if the President said she mishandled classified information but it wasn’t that bad, or that it really didn’t matter.”
Wallace began the segment with Obama’s claim in October 2015:
Wallace: Last October, you said that Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail server did not jeopardize national secrets.
Obama (on video): I can tell that you this is not a situation in which America’s national security was endangered.
Wallace: 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. Can you still say flatly that she did not jeopardize America’s secrets?
Obama: 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.
Here’s what I know: Hillary Clinton was an outstanding Secretary of State. She would never intentionally put America in any kind of jeopardy.
And what I also know, because I handle a lot of classified information, is that there are — there’s classified, and then there’s classified. There’s stuff that is really top secret top secret, and there’s stuff that is being presented to the president or the secretary of state, that you might not want on the transom, or going out over the wire, but is basically stuff that you could get in open source.
Dunetz writes: “It’s time to check the fine print of the ‘protecting classified information’ non-disclosure agreement Hillary Clinton signed when she became Secretary of State.
“Did it say she had to protect classified information or just classified information?
“Or is Obama trying to support Hillary by justifying the illegality of her emails?”
He adds, that the crime of mishandling classified information isn’t predicated on the intent of the act; intent is not necessary for conviction.