Four days after an airport meeting with former President Bill Clinton, a Justice Department official told news organizations that Attorney General Loretta Lynch “expects to accept” the final decision of career prosecutors in the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server when she was Secretary of State.
Lynch was expected to make that announcement on Friday during a stop in Colorado.
The move by Lynch came in the wake of criticism from Republicans, after the Attorney General’s chance meeting with former President Clinton on the tarmac in Phoenix on Monday.
The unplanned chat – their private planes were both on the ground at the same time earlier this week – created a political storm that Republicans were more than happy to grab on to, as they raised questions about whether the Attorney General would be impartial about the Clinton probe.
“Loretta Lynch should recuse herself from the criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s unlawful activities,” said Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), the third ranking Republican in the U.S. House.
Lynch had said her chat with President Clinton had been about their grandchildren and nothing more; but that clearly wasn’t enough to stem the tide of criticism, and forced her hand to make this announcement.
Some reports have indicated that the FBI is nearing a final recommendation on how to proceed in the email matter involving Hillary Clinton; this move by the Attorney General would evidently leave in place that decision, and avoid a situation where she would overrule investigators.