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Letter: President spoke too soon on emails

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton listens as

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton listens as President Barack Obama speaks to members of the media during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, July, 26, 2012. Credit: AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

President Barack Obama has said that although Hillary Clinton shouldn’t have used a personal server to transact government business when she was secretary of state, there was no harm to national security.

However, the State Department withheld 37 pages worth of emails from publication, because of secrecy that needs protecting [“ ‘Top secret’ Clinton emails,” News, Jan. 30].

In light of this, it’s clear that the president should have refrained from commenting before the investigation is complete. Such discretion would have been in keeping with his assertion on other occasions that he can’t comment on subjects that are under investigation.

This was an especially bad instance in which Obama chose to rush to judgment.

Nathan Dodell, Great Neck

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