Patriots everywhere were furious to learn last week that Attorney General Loretta Lynch had secretly met with former President Bill Clinton. Considering the investigation against Hillary Clinton, this was particularly disturbing to any American who wants her in jail.
Now, Lynch has made a bombshell announcement about her role in the future of the case.
Barack Obama’s Justice Department walked back Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s statement that she will defer any decision to prosecute Hillary Clinton to career FBI prosecutors.
After Lynch said that she will take a “step back” from the decision and let career prosecutors make the decision – one she said she will accept – the Justice Department said that the attorney general will be the “ultimate decider.”
After the firestorm over her 30-minute gabfest with Bill Clinton on a private jet at the Phoenix airport, Lynch was forced to take herself out of the decision-making process.
“The recommendations will be reviewed by career supervisors in the Department of Justice and in the FBI and by the FBI director. And then, as is the common process, they present it to me and I fully expect to accept their recommendations,” Lynch said.
Despite this, the Justice Department was forced to admit that political appointees will make the final decision on whether or not to prosecute Hillary Clinton.
The Justice Department’s chief spokeswoman confirmed to Yahoo News that at least two political appointees — Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Carlin and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates — will review the recommendations of career prosecutors and agents before any final determination is made.
“They all expect to receive and accept the recommendations,” Melanie Newman, the Justice Department’s chief of public affairs, said when asked about the role of Carlin and Yates, both of whom are appointees of President Obama. “But it is true they will all be in the process.”
Asked if either Carlin or Yates could overrule the recommendations of FBI agents and career prosecutors, Newman replied: “It is unlikely there will be such a circumstance. But, obviously, that possibility exists.” And, she added, “The AG is the ultimate decider.”
Lynch’s initial promise – to let career prosecutors make the decision whether or not to prosecute – falls short of a full recusal, which Lynch rejected. “A recusal would mean I wouldn’t even be briefed on what the findings were,” Lynch said. “While I don’t have a role in those findings or coming up with those findings, … I will be briefed on it and I will be accepting their recommendations.”
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