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Hillary Clinton emails did not endanger national security: Obama

Washington: US President Barack Obama on Sunday broke his silence over the use of private email server by Hillary Clinton and said that the Democratic presidential hopeful showed "carelessness" by doing this.

Obama, however, strongly defended his former secretary of state, saying that Hillary did not put the national security in danger by using the private server.

The president stressed that the FBI was probing the matter and the investigation will not be affected by politics.

In an interview on "Fox News Sunday," Obama said: "She would never intentionally put America in any kind of jeopardy. What I also know is that there's classified and then there's classified. There's stuff that is really top secret top secret, and then there's stuff that is being presented to the president, the secretary of state, you may not want going out over the wire."

Obama also admitted that a poor judgement was made by Hillary when she decided to conduct official business through a private account rather than use a State.gov address. It may be recalled that Hillary herself has said that was a poor choice.

"I continue to believe she has not jeopardized America's national security. There's a carelessness in terms of managing emails that she has owned and she recognizes. But I also think it is important to keep this in perspective," the president said.

Over 2,000 emails that passed through the account of the former first lady now are marked classified, and nearly two dozen contained top secret information. For her part, Hillary has repeatedly claimed that no emails in the account were classified at the time they were sent or received. She reiterated last week that the FBI will ultimately give her a clean chit.

"That is not going to happen," she told NBC News when asked if she fear being indicted. "There is not even the remotest chance that it's going to happen."