From The Washington Times:
The White House insisted Thursday that President Obama’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton, including gushing praise for her high “character,” won’t influence the Justice Department’s criminal investigation into her secret email system from her time as secretary of state.
Hours after he endorsed Mrs. Clinton for president and praised her for “making history” as the first female major-party nominee, Mr. Obama met privately in the Oval Office with Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
That meeting raised more questions about political pressure on federal prosecutors to go easy on Mrs. Clinton.
Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, said Mr. Obama was backing “crooked Hillary” in bid for a third term of his policies. The chairman of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus, agreed that Mrs. Clinton is making history — as “the first-ever presidential candidate to be under an FBI investigation.”
White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Mr. Obama is “resolutely committed” to an independent investigation and he feels confident that FBI agents and other Justice officials won’t be influenced by the president’s support of Mrs. Clinton.
“They aren’t going to be swayed by political forces,” Mr. Earnest said. “They know that their investigation should be guided by the facts and that they should follow the evidence where it leads. The president has complete confidence that that’s exactly what they’ll do.”
He said the president has never discussed the Justice probe with Mrs. Clinton and that career Justice prosecutors treat the subjects of their investigations impartially “regardless of their political influence,…