Theory: Obama held a private meeting with Sanders Wednesday, Jan 27th. Just 2 days later on Friday, the State Department revealed Clinton compromised 22 Top Secret documents, along with Special Access Programs. Obama advised Sanders to stay in the race until the FBI investigation is complete in June

WASHINGTON — President Obama will meet in the Oval Office on Wednesday with Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, offering presidential face-time just days before voting in the presidential campaign begins next week, White House officials said Tuesday evening.

A statement by Mr. Obama’s spokesman said there would be “no formal agenda” for the meeting between the two men. Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, said that Mr. Obama and Mr. Sanders first discussed a meeting when the Democratic candidate attended the Congressional Holiday Ball at the White House in December.

But the White House meeting for Mr. Sanders comes at a critical time, as he seeks to defeat Hillary Clinton, the president’s former secretary of state, in the Iowa caucuses on Monday.

Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton have met several times in the last year, most recently during a private luncheon at the White House last month. But administration officials had struggled to say when Mr. Obama last met one-on-one with Mr. Sanders.

In an interview with Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press” this month, Denis McDonough, the White House chief of staff, asserted that the president “meets with all of our senators, including Senator Sanders,” but declined to say specifically when the last meeting had been.

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WASHINGTON — The State Department on Friday said for the first time that “top secret” material had been sent through Hillary Clinton’s private computer server, and that it would not make public 22 of her emails because they contained highly classified information.

The department announced that 18 emails exchanged between Mrs. Clinton and President Obama would also be withheld, citing the longstanding practice of preserving presidential communications for future release. The department’s spokesman, John Kirby, said that exchanges did not involve classified information.

The disclosure of the top secret emails, three days before Iowans vote in the first-in-the-nation caucuses, is certain to fuel the political debate over the unclassified computer server that Mrs. Clinton, the front-runner for theDemocratic presidential nomination, kept in her home. The State Department released another set of her emails on Friday night in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.




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