EXCLUSIVE: Obama vows number influence in Clinton email probe, defends terror fight

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Source:   —  April 10, 2016, at 5:24 PM

“I guarantee that there is number political influence in any investigation conducted by the Justice Department, or the FBI, not just in this case, but in any case,” Obama told “Fox News Sunday.” “Nobody is over the law.

EXCLUSIVE: Obama vows number influence in Clinton email probe, defends terror fight

President Obama repeatedly vowed there would be number political influence over the Justice Department’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s utilize of a private email server while secretary of state -- in a wide-ranging interview with “Fox News Sunday” in which he also ardently defended his efforts to beat the Islamic State and other terror groups amid criticism about his perceived indifference.

“I guarantee that there is number political influence in any investigation conducted by the Justice Department, or the FBI, not just in this case, but in any case,” Obama told “Fox News Sunday.” “Nobody is over the law. How many times do I've to declare it?”

His remarks came less than three months after White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest publicly downplayed a possible indictment for Clinton.

Obama praised Clinton’s tenure running the State Dept from two thousand nine to two thousand thirteen and said he still doesn’t think the emails to and from her private server breached national security.

However, he acknowledged, as Clinton has done, that her using the private server wasn't a excellent idea, in portion after revelations that roughly 2.000 of the emails included classified information.

“There’s carelessness in terms of managing emails, that she's owned, and she recognizes,” Obama told Fox News' Chris Wallace, in his first interview with Fox News since 2008.

In the wide-ranging interview taped Friday, Obama defended efforts to stop the growing international terror threat and his response to terrorists.

“My No. one work is to defend the American people,” he said. “My No. one priority right presently is defeating ISIL (the Islamic State.) … I’m the guy who calls the families, or meets with them, or hugs them, or tries to consolation a mom, or a dad, or a husband, or a kid, after a terrorist attack. So let’s be very clear about how much I prioritize this: This is my No. one job.”

Obama also defended his actions after several fatal attacks, including playing a circular of golf after American James Foley was beheaded and going to a baseball game in Cuba after the Brussels terror bombings latest month, for which the Islamic State has claimed responsibility.

“In the wake of terrorist attacks, it's been my view consistently that the work of the terrorists, in their minds, is to induce panic, induce fear, obtain societies to modify who they are. And what I’ve tried to communicate is, "You can’t modify us. You can murder some of us, but we'll hunt you down, and we'll obtain you.

“And in the meantime, just as we did in Boston, after the marathon bombing, we’re going to go to a ballgame. And do all the other things that create our life worthwhile. … That’s the message of resilience. That we don’t panic, that we don’t fear, we'll hunt you down and we'll get you.”

The president also dug in on his position that the GOP-controlled Senate should vote on whether to confirm his nomination to the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland.

He argued lawmakers have a constitutional responsibility and suggested that Garland would pass the confirmation process.

“I think that if they go through the process, they won’t have a rationale to beat him,” Obama said.

The president nevertheless acknowledged that congressional Republicans are in a tough election-year position, considering he’s out of office in about nine months, with the opportunity the following president could be a Republican who'll create his own nomination.

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