Forty-four House Republicans called for a special prosecutor to investigate the scandal surrounding Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server in a letter hand-delivered to Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Tuesday.
“Members of the military and intelligence communities have been — and continue to be — prosecuted for infractions potentially less egregious,” Representative Ron DeSantis (R., Fla.) said in a statement. “Secretary Clinton is not above the rule of law. It is critically important that this investigation is conducted impartially and that the decision to prosecute does not hinge on political considerations.”
Obama defended Clinton’s use of a private server for all of her government work in an October interview. “I don’t think it posed a national security problem,” he told CBS. “This is not a situation in which America’s national security was endangered.”
It’s not the first time that Obama has been criticized for commenting on ongoing investigations. A military-court judge ruled that he exerted “unlawful command influence” in 2013 by enumerating the punishments that he wants meted out to service-members convicted of sexual assault.
— Joel Gehrke is a political reporter for National Review.