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Attorney general to defer to prosecutors on Clinton e-mail case

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click to enlarge LORETTA LYNCH
  • LORETTA LYNCH
Attorney General Loretta Lynch is announcing she will not participate in any decisions made on the federal investigation of use of a private e-mail server by Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state. She acknowledged the meeting "cast a shadow" over the probe.

This follows reporting that Bill Clinton visited informally with Lynch recently when both wound up in private planes that were on the ground in an airport in Arizona at the same time. They chit-chatted for about 30 minutes about grandkids and golf and similar, she said. Easy to see how the glad-handing Bill Clinton, he of the perpetual campaign, might bound on to a plane to say hello to a fellow high-level pol he knew well. Ill appearance,  unfortunately, and too late to undraw the appearance no matter what Lynch says.

But really. Clinton visit or no, could President Obama's attorney general have made the final call on a Democratic presidential candidate enjoying the president's warm endorsement? Lynch would have been hammered for taking a role in any decision that wasn't a felony indictment. And that Arizona schmooze will be blamed regardless by Trump and Co. Her remarks today indicated her role was being questioned before the Phoenix chat.


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