Attorney General Loretta Lynch appeared on ABC’s This Week on Sunday discussing the possibility of a cyber-attack on America by ISIS. Lynch emphasized that the possibility of any of America’s foreign enemies could launch a cyber-attack keeps her and many of her law enforcement associates up at night. She also addressed the recent Chattanooga shooting in which Mohammad Youssuf killed five American service members. No clear motive in that fatal attack has been publicly established.
Lynch also acknowledged that preventing a lone wolf attack fueled by the intense online recruitment and propaganda by ISIS and other Islamic militant groups is an elusive task for federal agents. Lynch highlighted ISIS’s 20,000 English-language Twitter followers and focused on getting people to commit violent acts in their name and then taking credit.
Lynch became the nation’s top law enforcement official in the spring replacing Eric Holder. She continued to argue that stopping ISIS and its ability to strike on American soil is a challenge because of the evolving terror group’s model. She also discussed the recent incidents in South Carolina where African Americans have died because of contact with law enforcement and the shooting in Charleston, South Carolina.
“I think that we have a situation where many minority communities for so long have felt that law enforcement was coming in to essentially enforce laws against them, not to protect them,” she said. “Many police departments also feel frustrated. I think they feel they get the scrutiny and they get the complaints and the criticism and they don’t get the support. And I think it’s a very, very important voice in this debate.”
Lynch acknowledged that Youssuf was not on law enforcement’s radar saying, “That he was not on law enforcement’s radar illustrates the concern that we have of individuals who are outside the mainstream, yet tap into these strands of thought or schools of thought that lead them to violence,” she said.
Lynch later discussed the Hillary Clinton email investigation and remained silent on whether her connection to the Clinton family creates a conflict of interest for her. Before becoming attorney general, Lynch served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. It was her second time in the position, having been first appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1999.
The inspectors general for the State Department and intelligence community on Friday disclosed that an internal review of Clinton’s system concluded some emails contained classified information and that the inspectors general had sent a non-criminal “referral” to the Justice Department over the matter.