The New York Times reported that Attorney General Loretta Lynch will accept the recommendations of the FBI and prosecutors in the Clinton private server and e-mail case. This move will eliminate the opportunity to have a special counsel appointed, similar to what Sen. John Cornyn has been advocating for since the beginning of the case. This announcement comes within the same week Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton met on an airport tarmac in Arizona.
Texas Sen. John Cornyn, a Republican, said the incident is why a “Special Counsel” should take over the email investigation
“This incident does nothing to instill confidence in the American people that her department can fully and fairly conduct this investigation, and that’s why a Special Counsel is needed now more than ever,” Cornyn said in a statement.
And Judicial Watch, a conservative legal watchdog group that has sued for access to records pertaining to Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while leading the State Department, is asking for the Justice Department’s inspector general to investigate the meeting.
“Attorney General Lynch’s meeting with President Clinton creates the appearance of a violation of law, ethical standards and good judgment,” the group said in a statement. “Attorney General Lynch’s decision to breach the well-defined ethical standards of the Department of Justice and the American legal profession is an outrageous abuse of the public’s trust. Her conduct and statements undermine confidence in her ability to objectively investigate and prosecute possible violations of law associated with President Clinton and Secretary Clinton.”
Even some Democrats say the optics don’t look good.
Sen. Chris Coons, D-Delaware, said he believes Lynch will remain objective in her role but would have advised against the meeting, which he says sends the wrong signal even if it was “a brief, casual, social meeting with the former president.”
Apparently the private meeting to discuss “grandchildren and a golf game” was worth potentially compromising the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail server leaking classified information and the investigation of the Clinton Foundation for public corruption laws. You would think that the investigation of the Clinton Foundation would also include Bill Clinton as well. Even if the visit was a innocent as AG Lynch claims, it has the perception impropriety and scandal. This meeting comes just days before the Benghazi inquiry findings are released and the government asks for a 27 month delay for the Clinton e-mails that were due to be released on July 1st.