From The New York Times:
By Matt Apuzzo and Michael S Schmidt | October 16, 2015
WASHINGTON — Federal agents were still cataloging the classified information from Hillary Rodham Clinton’s personal email server last week when President Obama went on television and played down the matter.
“I don’t think it posed a national security problem,” Mr. Obama said Sunday on CBS’s “60 Minutes.” He said it was a mistake for Mrs. Clinton to use a private email account when she was secretary of state, but his conclusion was unmistakable: “This is not a situation in which America’s national security was endangered.”
Those statements angered F.B.I. agents who have been working for months to determine whether Ms. Clinton’s email setup had in fact put any of the nation’s secrets at risk, according to current and former law enforcement officials.
Investigators have not reached any conclusions about whether the information on the server had been compromised or whether to recommend charges, according to the law enforcement officials. But to investigators, it sounded as if Mr. Obama had already decided the answers to their questions and cleared anyone involved of wrongdoing.
The White House quickly backed off the president’s remarks and said Mr. Obama was not trying to influence the investigation. But his comments spread quickly, raising the ire of officials who saw an instance of the president trying to influence the outcome of a continuing investigation — and not for the first time.
There’s a lot more at the original, letting the reader know that some inside and outside of the FBI see the President’s comments as sending a signal: Mrs Clinton is not to be charged with anything.
There is a possibility, of course, that there has been no surreptitious attempts here by the White House to “get” Mrs Clinton, but I doubt it: this looks a whole lot more like something Mrs Clinton’s enemies in the Administration — think Michelle Obama or Valerie Jarrett here — have orchestrated. The President makes a statement, either premeditated or otherwise, stating that Mrs Clinton’s actions, while a poor decision, didn’t harm the country, and then somehow, there comes a mysterious leak from within the FBI that the agents are royally urinated off. It gives the President plausible deniability — Hey, I was only trying to help Mrs Clinton here — and still gets out the message: the FBI believe that there is a good chance that Mrs Clinton broke the law.
I’d bet a case of Mountain Dew that Bill Clinton thinks this was a deliberate action!
Cross-posted on The First Street Journal.