Michael Chertoff, the lead prosecutor on the Senate Whitewater Committee that targeted Bill and Hillary Clinton, is now endorsing the former secretary of State for president. For Chertoff, his decision on who to back was based on national security. “I realized we spent a huge amount of time in the ’90s on issues that were much less important than what was brewing in terms of terrorism,” Chertoff admitted, adding that Clinton “has good judgment and a strategic vision how to deal with the threats that face us.” He called the 1990s investigations “very, very insignificant” compared to the national-security challenges the U.S. now faces. As a senator, Clinton was the only one to vote against Chertoff’s nomination to lead the Justice Department’s criminal division in 2001, as well as his nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals.
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