- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The White House insisted Tuesday that President Obama told the truth about learning about Hillary Clinton’s private email server at the same time the public found out, despite having corresponded by email regularly with his secretary of state.

“The president did trade emails with Secretary Clinton, not a large number of them,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest. “Of course the president had possession of Secretary Clinton’s email address, but he did not have any knowledge of where her server was located or what sort of arrangements had been made to store her email.”

Leaked emails from John Podesta, Mrs. Clinton’s campaign chairman, show that even her closest aides didn’t believe Mr. Obama’s statement in an interview in early 2015 when he said he had been unaware of her private email server.

“We need to clean this up — he has emails from her — they do not say state.gov,” said Cheryl Mills, a senior Clinton adviser, in a hacked email posted Tuesday on WikiLeaks.

Republican nominee Donald Trump said the president, too, should be investigated over Mrs. Clinton’s email server.

“This guy, he’s as bad as she is,” Mr. Trump said of the president in Florida on Tuesday.

Mr. Earnest said the president’s version of events was “entirely factual.”

“What the president said was an entirely factual response,” he said. “I recognize that some of the president’s critics have attempted to construct some type of conspiracy about the communication between the president and the secretary of state, but they’ve failed to put forward a conspiracy that withstands any scrutiny, so I guess they’re back to recycling thoroughly debunked conspiracies.”

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