The House Judiciary Committee has a few questions for Little Loretta on her ‘private meeting’ with Bill and her final decision on the Hillary investigation. Hopefully they don’t play nice with her.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch faced questions Tuesday from the House Judiciary Committee in her first appearance on Capitol Hill since she announced Hillary Clinton won’t be prosecuted for sending classified information on a private, unsecured email system.
Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., called the decision “troubling” and suggested the Justice Department is holding Clinton to a lower standard than other government employees.
He grilled Lynch on the decision and on her controversial, impromptu meeting with former president Bill Clinton while the investigation was underway. Lynch was arriving in Phoenix and Bill Clinton was departing June 27 when he relayed through a security detail that he wanted to speak with her. He boarded her government plane and the two spoke for 30 minutes.
After the meeting became public, she made an unusual pledge not to influence the Justice Department probe and to let stand the recommendations of career investigators and prosecutors in the case.
But Goodlatte said the ensuing recommendation not to prosecute raises “serious concerns” and is “uniquely troubling in light of” the “secret meeting.”
“Were a rank-and-file federal employee to do what Secretary Clinton did, they would face severe punishment, including termination, revocation of security clearances, or criminal prosecution,” Goodlatte said in opening remarks at the hearing. “Even (FBI) Director (James) Comey acknowledged this fact at a recent congressional hearing. But Secretary Clinton is not facing prosecution for her actions… Frankly, the FBI’s conclusion leaves many more questions than answers. And we hope, Madam Attorney General, to get answers to these questions today.”
Lynch declined to comment on the legal basis for the decision not to prosecute Clinton and referred to Comey’s statements on the investigation. She said her conversation with Bill Clinton did not include any discussion of the email investigation or any other case before the Justice Department.
“I agreed to say hello,” Lynch testified. “We had a social conversation.”