Former Top Obama Intel Officer: Clinton Should Withdraw from Race
One of President Barack Obama’s former intelligence officers has suggested that Hillary Clinton should drop out of the race.
Lt. Gen Michael Flynn, Obama’s former Defense Intelligence Agency head, on Friday, said Clinton’s scandals would land any normal person in jail.
“It’s been stated that there are 100 FBI agents that are on this case, and yet we have the FBI director that has told us that in all 50 states, we have Islamic State cases ongoing,” Flynn said on CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper.”
Flynn said as a former first lady and U.S. senator, Clinton “knew better” than to use a private email server as secretary of State.
“She knew better,” he said. “In the roles that she has had, both as a senator, both as a – even back when she’s married to the president of the United States, so she’s going to have privileged information in that regard, and not only as the secretary of State, which is part of the national security council, so she should know better.”
He said Clinton’s excuse – that the scandal is the result of classification run amuck in the intelligence community – does not pass muster.
“This over-classification excuse is not an excuse,” he said. “If it’s classified, it’s classified.”
Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon later on the program called the general’s comments “just silly.”
Flynn, who has been critical of the Obama administration’s Middle East foreign policy, has advised five presidential campaigns, including that of Republican primary front-runner Donald Trump.
He said he would be willing to advise any candidate in the race, Republican or Democrat.