WH Denies Endorsement Will Intimidate FBI Investigators
WASHINGTON — President Obama on Thursday formally endorsed Hillary Clinton and called her the most qualified candidate to seek the White House, imploring Democrats to come together to elect her after a bruising party primary.
In a video posted on Mrs. Clinton’s Facebook page, Mr. Obama said, “I don’t think there’s ever been someone so qualified to hold this office.”
White House press secretary Josh Earnest insisted that President Obama’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton will not “sway” the ongoing FBI investigation into Clinton. The statement came after Obama released a video endorsing Clinton for president of the United States. Later this afternoon, according to the White House, Obama is meeting with the attorney general. The meeting is “closed press.”
Mr. Obama is impatient to begin playing an active role in the race to succeed him.
White House officials had been discussing an endorsement with Mrs. Clinton’s camp for days, but they kept the timing of the announcement under wraps, in part as a gesture of respect for Senator Bernie Sanders and his highly motivated coalition of supporters. The president met with Mr. Sanders on Thursday morning.
President Barack Obama endorses Hillary Clinton for president:
Mr. Obama told Mr. Sanders in a phone call on Sunday that he would be endorsing Mrs. Clinton in the coming days, according to people familiar with the conversation, and discussed the announcement with Mrs. Clinton on Tuesday, the day she clinched the nomination.
Mr. Obama recorded the Facebook message on Tuesday, aides said. source