Congress goes after Lynch
Loretta Lynch appeared before Congress Tuesday to be questioned about not prosecuting Hillary Clinton.
Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., called the decision “troubling” and suggested the Justice Department is holding Clinton to a lower standard than other government employees.
He and other Republicans on the committee grilled Lynch on the decision but she repeatedly declined to discuss the legal basis for the decision not to prosecute Clinton and referred to statements on the topic by FBI Director James Comey.
GOP lawmakers also asked about her impromptu meeting with former president Bill Clinton while the investigation was underway…
Goodlatte said the ensuing recommendation not to prosecute is “uniquely troubling in light of” the “secret meeting.”
“Were a rank-and-file federal employee to do what Secretary Clinton did, they would face severe punishment, including termination, revocation of security clearances, or criminal prosecution,” Goodlatte said in opening remarks at the hearing. “Even Director Comey acknowledged this fact at a recent congressional hearing. But Secretary Clinton is not facing prosecution for her actions… Frankly, the FBI’s conclusion leaves many more questions than answers.”
Lynch said her conversation with Bill Clinton did not include any discussion of the email investigation or any other case before the Justice Department.
“I agreed to say hello,” Lynch testified. “We had a social conversation.