White House: Clinton Will Not Be Indicted Over Emails 'Based on What We Know'

January 29, 2016

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Friday that Hillary Clinton would not be indicted over her private email scandal "based on what we know from the Department of Justice."

As noted by The Weekly Standard, a reporter asked Earnest if he had "certainty and confidence" that Clinton would not get indicted, and Earnest hedged slightly in his answer, saying that it did not appear to be the "direction" of the DOJ's investigation.

"That will be a decision that is made by the Department of Justice and prosecutors over there," Earnest said. "What I know that some officials over there have said is that she is not a target of the investigation, so that does not seem to be the direction that it's trending. But I'm certainly not going to weigh in on a decision or in that process in any way. That is a decision to be made solely by independent prosecutors but again, based on what we know from the Department of Justice, it does not seem to be headed in that direction."

According to the Associated Press, the Obama administration has confirmed Clinton's server had top-secret information, censoring 22 emails containing material requiring the highest levels of classification. The State Department is releasing another batch of Clinton's emails on Friday, but the AP reported that seven chains were being withheld because of the sensitivity of the material.

Clinton said at Monday night's CNN town hall in Iowa that "nothing that I did was wrong" regarding her email server, even though she has apologized to the American people for deciding to use it in the first place.