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Ralph Peters: An Obama Endorsement of Hillary Undercuts the Constitution

Former President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (Rex Features via AP Images)

On Fox Business Tuesday, Lt. Col. Ralph Peters (ret.) said that an Obama endorsement will likely save Hillary Clinton from being indicted in the investigation of her personal email use while secretary of State. The president is expected to endorse Clinton soon but he won’t be making an announcement until after he meets with Bernie Sanders on Thursday according to officials. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama “deeply respects what Sen. Sanders has done” in his presidential campaign and will discuss “the way forward” during the private White House meeting Thursday morning.

Asked if he thinks the endorsement will set a tone for the investigation even if “unwittingly,” Peters answered in the affirmative.

“Indeed, it would be fully wittingly,” Peters said. “This is not politics as usual. It’s not a standard endorsement. The power of the presidency is in play here, and it’s working against the Constitution.”

Peters continued, “By endorsing Hillary, President Obama is sending a signal to the FBI, to the attorney general, and to any future juries (if it comes to that) that he doesn’t think that what she did is very serious. It matters because at the fundamental level, our country is not about the president, it’s not even about Congress or the Supreme Court. Everything flows from the Constitution. And we have seen a terrible abuse of the Constitution of late in the selective enforcement of laws at the federal level of this administration, and at the local level like in Chicago, or Ferguson, or Baltimore.”

Peters said that rather than clinging to political parties or to individuals, Americans should cling to the Constitution.

“And this president, who supposedly is a constitutional scholar, is undercutting it by coming out in support of Hillary at this time,” Peters complained. “I see Obama and the hard left determined to cling to power at any cost including subverting the Constitution and that truly concerns me. Selective enforcement of laws — that’s Vladimir Putin, that’s Erdogan in Turkey, that’s the Chinese. We need equal justice for all to the extent humanly possible,” Peters said. “This endorsement sends a very powerful signal — don’t go after Hillary.”

“Selective enforcement of the law is un-American,” Peters concluded. “The poor man on the street, the homeless person, and Hillary Clinton have to be equal before the law.”