Attorney General Loretta Lynch will accept and follow the recommendations the FBI and career prosecutors make as to whether presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton should be charged in connection with her use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state.
“I will be accepting their recommendations, and their plan for going forward,” Lynch said of the team investigating Hillary, according to The Guardian.
Lynch, speaking July 1 at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado, said the recommendations will be in a final report produced by the team and that she will not be making her own determination.
“…The final determination as to how to proceed, will be contained within the final format of the report,” she said.
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“This case will be resolved by the team that’s been working on it from the beginning...the FBI will review it... and that will be the finalization of factual findings and the next steps in this matter,” Lynch added.
Lynch’s public admission that she will not overrule investigators' recommendations comes just days after she was heavily criticized for privately meeting with Hillary’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, The New York Times reports.
Republicans called on Lynch to recuse herself from the investigation after news of the meeting got out, because they found it compromised the independence of the investigation just as it is nearing its end.
Lynch said at the festival that she would not be stepping down from the case, The Guardian reports.
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“He said hello, and we basically said hello. And I congratulated him on his conversation... and that led to a conversation about his travels... and then we spoke about former [Attorney General] Janet Reno,” Lynch said of her meeting with Bill.
Lynch went on to state that it was a social meeting, but she understands that others may see it another way.
“It’s cast a shadow over how this case is resolved,” Lynch said. “What’s important to me is, how do people view the department of justice because of that meeting? I felt that it’s important to talk about what impact that meeting will have on the case, which it won’t.”
Lynch said that her decision to accept the investigators' recommendations was made before she met with Bill.
When asked when the investigation into Hillary’s emails will end, Lynch did not have a definitive answer.
“I actually don’t know that. I don’t have that insight into the nuts and bolts,” she said. “They’re working on it to make sure they’re as thorough as they can be, to look at it from every angle, to cover every issue.”