Unsurprisingly, the White House is in full-fledged dodge mode.
During Tuesday’s White House briefing, ABC News White House correspondent Jon Karl asked press secretary Josh Earnest multiple times if the White House believes Hillary Clinton “broke the law” by using a personal email address instead of a State Department account during her tenure.
“I want to plead to you, please do not refer me to the State Department on this one,” Karl began. “I am going to ask you something about the White House and my question is a very basic one.”
“Before you ask me, I will do my best not to refer you to the State Department, but I want you to remember though that it is the responsibility of the State Department, that agency, to maintain their email system and to ensure that the employees there are in compliance with the Federal Records Act,” Earnest told Karl.
“Okay, so my direct question is: Does the White House believe that Hillary Clinton broke the law?” Karl asked. “Yes or no?”
“Secretary Clinton’s team has said that at the request of the State Department they have reviewed her records to make sure…” Earnest said before getting cut off.
“I know what her team has said. I am asking does the White House believe that Hillary Clinton broke the law or did she fully comply with the law? What does the White House believe?” Karl pressed. “Does the president believe that his former secretary of state broke the law or did she fully comply with the law?”
“Jon, if in fact, and again, you will have to go and verify this and the State Department will have to verify this because we’re talking about…” Earnest said before Karl interrupted.
“The State Department won’t answer this!” Karl said.
“I was not in a position to review secretary Clinton’s personal email. That was the responsibility of secretary Clinton and her team. That’s what they say they did,” Earnest said.
Karl went on to ask Earnest if any White House officials were aware that Clinton “skirted” the law and conducted business via her personal email, to which Earnest never gave a firm answer.