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Military Officials Tout Clinton's National Security Fitness

Whittney Evans

Three authorities on national security were in Salt Lake City Monday to make an 11th-hour plea to voters to support Democrat Hillary Clinton leading up to Tuesday’s general election.

Four-star General Wesley Clark joined California Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff and retired Brigadier General David Irvine for a press conference to explain why they support Hillary Clinton for President.

“Her views on national security interests are far more aligned than Donald Trump’s with both parties,” says Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff of California. Schiff is a ranking member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence.

“Whether it’s on how we go after Isis or how we deal with Russia or how we deal with the rise of China, I think Secretary Clinton’s views have been well within the mainstream and Donald Trump’s have been anything but,” Schiff says.

Brigadier General David Irvine is a Republican who supports Clinton. He says she’s made a lifelong career of building coalitions.

“We need the benefit of coalition partners,” he says. “We need the benefit that comes from a strong NATO alliance and Mr. Trump so far has been completely oblivious to these critical world relationships that are critical to our national security.”

But Republicans like Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz say Clinton cannot be responsible for the nation’s security. He’s voting for Donald Trump.

FBI Director James Comey cleared Clinton twice of any criminal charges for using a private server when she was secretary of state. But Chaffetz, who is chairman of the House Oversight Committee told CBS This Morning on Monday he disagrees with that decision. He says regardless of the results of the election, Congressional hearings on Clinton’s emails will continue. 

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