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President Obama is remaining tight-lipped over the Justice Department’s decision to not file criminal charges against presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, stressing that it is not his place to comment directly on the former secretary of state’s handling of classified information.
Speaking during a press conference in Madrid, Spain, Obama on Sunday stood behind the FBI’s probe, which ultimately found no evidence that Clinton committed a crime in using a private email server.
“It’s inappropriate for me to second guess or comment extensively at the conclusion that they arrived at,” Obama said.
FBI Director James Comey lifted a dark shadow that hung over the Clinton's bid for the White House in announcing this week that the agency would not recommend criminal charges against the presumptive Democratic nominee.
Still Comey remained biting in his criticism of Clinton’s actions, admonishing her for being “extremely careless” in handling classified information.
Obama clarified that he had "legitimate concerns" over the travel of information across the board at all levels of the federal government, adding that United States officials must learn from past mistakes to protect sensitive information.
The president will be cutting short his European trip to head to Dallas, Texas, on Tuesday to speak at an interfaith memorial service honoring the 12 police officers were shot in sniper fire earlier this week.
Five officers were killed in the ambush on Thursday, making it the deadliest attack on law enforcement since the Sept. 11 terror strike.
The shooting took place out in the midst of nationwide protests over the deaths of two black men shot by police in Louisiana and Minnesota.
Tip-toeing around the racial tensions roiling across the U.S., Obama on Sunday tailored his message directly to activists within Black Lives Matter social movement, cautioning against heated rhetoric and actions aimed at law enforcement.
“Whenever those of us who are concerned about fairness in the criminal justice system attack police officers, you are doing a disservice to the cause,” he said.