Lynch to accept FBI recommendations in Clinton email probe
Attorney General Loretta Lynch is expected to announce later today in Aspen, Colorado, that she will follow and accept whatever recommendation the FBI and career prosecutors and investigators make regarding whether to bring charges in the Hillary Clinton email probe, a Justice Department official told ABC News.
Lynch has decided that she will green light whatever recommendation comes from the FBI and senior career lawyers in the Justice Department, after a months-long investigation tied to Clinton’s use of a private email server.
This comes just days after the revelation that Lynch met privately with former president Bill Clinton during a chance encounter on the tarmac at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix earlier this week.
Both Lynch and Bill Clinton have insisted the meeting was completely “social,” focusing on grandchildren, golf, travel, the Brexit vote, “and things like that,” as Lynch put it.
The FBI is in the final stages of its email-related investigation, looking at how Hillary Clinton and her aides handled classified information when she was secretary of state.
“The Attorney General expects to receive and accept the determination and findings of the Department’s career prosecutors and investigators, as well as the FBI Director,” the Justice Department official said today.
“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 handled this matter since its inception,” and then those determinations and findings will be “reviewed” by senior career lawyers in the Justice Department and FBI Director James Comey, who will then brief the findings to Lynch, the official said.
The impromptu meeting between Lynch and Bill Clinton Monday night lasted about 30 minutes.
“As I was landing, he was headed out,” Lynch said at a news conference Wednesday. “He did come over and say hello and speak to my husband and myself.”
“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,” Lynch said at another news conference Tuesday.
Asked Wednesday whether it was appropriate to meet with the former president while the Justice Department and FBI continue their investigation into Democratic presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton, Lynch insisted the meeting would have no impact on the federal probe.
“It’s being handled by career investigators and career agents, who always follow facts and the law and do the same thorough and independent examination in this matter that they’ve done in all,” she said Wednesday in Los Angeles. “So that’s how that’ll be handled.”