Conservative voices are growing louder in calling for U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to recuse herself from the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.
It is irregular to challenge the leader of the Department of Justice’s impartiality in an investigation. On Feb. 8, Lynch told the Associated Press that the Clinton email investigation was being carried out by independent lawyers.
Republican critics of the Obama administration are now pointing to Lynch’s record of campaign donations to the Democratic Party as evidence that she is biased.
“The latest assertion from her allies that Loretta Lynch is not ‘political’ is totally untrue,” David Bossie, president of the conservative advocacy organization Citizens United, told The Hill in a statement. “In fact, she’s been a regular financial contributor to Democratic candidates, including to her current boss, Barack Obama.”
Lynch did donate $10,700 to Democratic candidates between 2004 to 2008. A total of $4,600 went to U.S. President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign. The Attorney General also contributed to several congressional campaigns, three of which were not successful.
“How can political appointees make decisions about an investigation into the Democrat frontrunner for the president of the United States?” Bossie continued. “If this does not meet the criteria for the appointment of a special counsel, what does?”
The Clinton presidential campaign has been dismissing the scrutiny of Republicans as a double standard, pointing out that former Secretaries Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice were sent emails on their private servers that have since been retroactively deemed classified, the AP notes.
Several legal experts have dismissed calls to have Lynch recuse herself.
Former Washington D.C. attorney Roscoe Howard — who was appointed by former President George W. Bush — told The Hill that if the senators did not “believe she could uphold her oath, they should have voted against her (confirmation).”
“What I read is, when I hear somebody say that, is, ‘Yeah, you’d like somebody who is more likely to bring a charge,’” Howard continued. “Well, it’s just not the way it works.”
During the Feb. 4 Democratic debate, Clinton was asked if there was a smoking gun in her remaining emails that could compromise her chances in the presidential election.
“I have no concerns about it whatsoever,” Clinton answered, according to the AP.
On Feb. 11, Lynch is scheduled to be begin touring cities across the country to highlight how police departments are making reforms to regain public trust, San Francisco Chronicle reports.