Under bipartisan fire following a private meeting with former President Clinton even as her Justice Department investigates Hillary Clinton over her secret email server, Attorney General Loretta Lynch will announce on Friday that she will defer to non-political subordinates on whether to bring charges against the likely Democratic presidential nominee.
The Justice Department had been planning on such a course for months, The New York Times reported, but reports that Lynch met with the former president on her government plane at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport have sealed the decision. Although Lynch claims the two discussed golf and grandchildren, legal watchdogs have called the meeting highly improper and called for the Department of Justice’s Inspector General to investigate.
Lynch isists the investigation did not come up in her private meeting with Clinton.
“Determinations as to whether to charge any individual, as well as the findings of the investigation, will be made by career prosecutors and investigators who have been handling this matter since its inception,” a Justice Department official told Fox News.
A Justice Department source said Lynch will accept the determinations and findings of non-political appointees as well as
FBI investigators and FBI Director James Comey. It is up to the FBI to recommend to prosecutors whether to bring charges, but no set timetable has been announced.
The Justice Department had been planning on such a course for months? I’m sure the New York Times believe that. Oh, maybe they don’t. They’d report it that way whether they believed it or not.
Of course I’m cynical because where the Clintons are involved no sane person could be any other way. I don’t believe this crap for a minute. This is a smokescreen to hush the press by giving them a narrative for defending the secret meeting until after the election. There is not going to be an indictment and we are never going to hear any more about this secret meeting from the Washington media. The Clinton Machine is awesome, it always wins.
The secret meeting was not harmless and there is no way it could have been. Whether they talked explicitly about the investigation into the Clintons or their grandchildren (Lynch has no children) is wholly irrelevant. It is the meeting itself that was wrong and which bears indicia of an attempt to obstruct the course of justice.
Why did they meet in an airplane on the tarmac? Because it’s a place that would be hard to bug?
The Justice Department doesn’t meet with the target of an investigation in secret. If you are the target of an investigation you might like to meet with the investigators to give them information that you hope will persuade them to leave you alone or go easier on you. Such a meeting would never be secret and there would be a record of everything that transpired in the meeting.
The whole idea of Lynch stepping aside is absurd. As the Attorney General she has any number of ways of letting her subordinates know what she wants them to do. Obama didn’t have to tell Lois Lerner to obstruct tax exempt applications from Tea Party groups. Lerner knew instinctively what he wanted her to do.