Hillary Clinton made a mistake with private emails, says Barack Obama


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Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server to conduct government business when she served as secretary of state was a mistake but did not endanger national security, Barack Obama told 60 Minutes on Sunday.

Obama said public officials have to be more sensitive about how they handle information and personal data. Yet he also said the criticism of Clinton, who is leading the Democratic race for the presidential nomination, has been “ginned up” because of politics.

“I think she’d be the first to acknowledge that maybe she could have handled the original decision better and the disclosures more quickly,” Obama said in an interview.

Obama downplayed the threat to national security, and when it was pointed out that his administration has prosecuted people for having classified material on their private computers, the president said he didn’t get the impression there was an intent to “hide something or to squirrel away information”. He also said he was not initially aware of her use of the private email server.

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