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Letter: Obama’s support steps over a legal line

President Barack Obama speaks to members of the

President Barack Obama speaks to members of the media in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, June 13, 2016, after getting briefed on the investigation of a shooting at a nightclub in Orlando by FBI Director James Comey, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, and other officials. Photo Credit: AP

In the U.S. military, when a member is on trial or under investigation, superior officers are barred by law from commenting on a case outside of court. President Barack Obama has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. At the same time, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, his appointee, might face a decision about whether to prosecute Clinton.

This is a classic case of unlawful command influence.

Peter Kelly, Medford