UPDATE 2 – 7/1, 1:52 p.m. EST: Justice Department (DOJ) chief of public affairs Melanie Newman contradicted Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s comments from earlier on Friday in regards to the Clinton email investigation, stating that “the AG is the ultimate decider,” if charges will be brought in the case.
At the Aspen Ideas Festival, Lynch told the Washington Post that the recommendation of whether to press charges would be up to those handling the case, which include FBI and DOJ personnel.
UPDATE – 7/1, 1:15 p.m. EST: On Friday in Colorado, Attorney General Loretta Lynch publicly addressed her meeting with Bill Clinton earlier in the week, stating that the optics of it “cast a shadow” over the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of private email server during her tenure as Secretary of State.
Additionally, Lynch said she will go along with the prosecutorial recommendation of investigators currently probing the case, and affirmed the “case will be resolved by the team that’s been working on it from the beginning.”
Previously, Lynch told the press that her meeting with Clinton was unscheduled and initiated solely by the former president.
Republicans in Congress have jumped on the Justice Department for the timing of the conversation.
“The notion that the prosecutor, the person who runs the Justice Department, would spend 30 minutes in a private conversation with the spouse of someone her department is investigating raises all sorts of red flags and even Democrats have admitted it,” said Florida Senator Marco Rubio.
Hours before the U.S. House Select Committee on Benghazi released its final report and at a moment where the Justice Department is resolving whether former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton violated federal law related to her use of a private server, Bill Clinton met privately with Attorney General Loretta Lynch in Phoenix on Tuesday.
Reported by local ABC affiliate KNXV, the two met for a half hour on Lynch’s plane.
Queried about the nature of the meeting, Lynch responded:
“Our conversation was a great deal about grandchildren, it was primarily social about our travels, and he mentioned golf he played in Phoenix. There was no discussion on any matter pending before the Department or any matter pending with any other body, there was no discussion of Benghazi, no discussion of State Department emails, by way of example I would say it was current news of the day, the Brexit decision and what it would mean.”
It is unlikely the two wanted to merely catch up, but the blithe explanation from Lynch the two chatted about their grandchildren is touching.
This meeting between Bill Clinton and Lynch follows the revelation a key email discovered among the mass turned over to State by Huma Abedin included an exchange with Clinton the former Secretary did not include in her trove to State.
It is worth mentioning in August 2015, under penalty of perjury, Hillary affirmed in writing all relevant emails from her service with the State Department had been turned over to State.
Reacting swiftly to prevent fallout, a brigade of devoted enablers, whitewashers and excusers willing to shield the Clintons for their numerous ethical lapses will continue to sacrifice their reputations in defense of the power couple. Worse, Democrats eager to shove Clinton into the White House will treat this as an innocuous social call between old friends who unexpectedly ran into one another as opposed to confessing it is emblematic of the Clintons’ infamous corruption.
Excused for a lifetime of dishonesty and misdeeds from Bill’s obvious perjury to Hillary’s e-mail scandal and the two directing an attack machine designed to discredit or demolish those who dare criticize them, it is correct to reason the Clintons’ corruption has gone popular.
Regardless of how embarrassing, underhanded or outright illegal, the Clintons are always unapologetic.
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