So, this is awkward:

Indeed. Just yesterday, Josh Earnest sure made it sound like the investigation into Hillary’s email use is a criminal one:

Press Secretary Josh Earnest used the term at Thursday’s briefing, after being asked by Fox News about whether President Obama’s newly unveiled endorsement of Clinton might apply pressure to investigators assigned to the Clinton case.

Earnest rejected the premise, saying the job of career prosecutors is to follow the evidence to its logical conclusion.

“That’s why the president, when discussing this issue in each stage, has reiterated his commitment to this principle that any criminal investigation should be conducted independent of any sort of political interference,” Earnest said.

Somebody’s not telling the truth here. And while, generally speaking, neither the White House nor Hillary can really be trusted, in this case, the odds are better that it’s Hillary who’s lying.

How do you like that?