In an April 10 interview with Fox News, President Barack Obama admitted that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton showed a level of "carelessness" when managing her emails during her time as secretary of state.
"I continue to believe that she has not jeopardized America's national security," Obama said, according to CBS News.
"What I've also said is that -- and she has acknowledged -- that there's a carelessness, in terms of managing e-mails, that she has owned and she recognizes," he added.
Obama went on to explain that not all classified information is equal.
"What I also know, because I handle a lot of classified information, is that there are -- there's classified, and then there's classified," Obama said.
"There's stuff that is really top-secret, top-secret, and there's stuff that is being presented to the president or the secretary of state, that you might not want on the transom, or going out over the wire, but is basically stuff that you could get in open-source."
Obama also stressed that he could "guarantee" that politics would not get in the way of the ongoing investigation into Clinton's emails.
"I do not talk to the attorney general about pending investigations; I do not talk to FBI directors about pending investigations," he said. "We have a strict line and always have maintained it. I guarantee that there is no political influence in any investigation conducted by the Justice Department or the FBI -- not just in this case, but in any case."
A POLITICO review released April 11 stated that while questions loom as to whether Clinton could be indicted for the email scandal, history suggests such an outcome to be unlikely.
"They always involve some ‘plus’ factor," a former federal prosecutor said of classified information breaches that result in criminal charges. "Sometimes that ‘plus’ factor may reach its way into the public record, but more likely it won’t."
An ex-FBI official said the Justice Department has historically dismissed cases such as Clinton's unless evidence is clear-cut.
"If you look at the history of what they pursued, you really had to have a slam-bam case that met all the elements," the ex-official said.