United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch is faced with what is likely going to be her toughest challenge ever. She is now forced into the position to deciding what to do about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email investigation, according to Yahoo! News on Sunday. While that might not look like such a big deal on the surface, the incredible suggestion of there being a conflict of interest in the case is incredible. The problem is that Loretta Lynch, one would assume, is beholden to the Clintons.
Before becoming attorney general under President Barack Obama, Lynch served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. It was her second time holding that job. The first time she was appointed to that job, she was appointed by Hillary Clinton’s husband. She was appointed by former President Bill Clinton in 1999. Again, the notion that there is a conflict of interest in Lynch calling the shots to investigate a Clinton is incredible.
The concern involves Hillary Clinton inappropriately using her own email account and private server when she was secretary of state. In recent days, the inspectors general of the U.S. State Department and intelligence community asserted that an internal review of the Clinton email system stated that some of the Hillary Clinton emails had classified information. Therefore, the inspectors general sent a non-criminal referral to the Justice Department regarding the emails.
As some might suggest – or, as luck would have it – AG Lynch is now in the position to determine what needs to be done about a possible investigation into the emails. If she isn’t vigilant in her investigation, it will obviously be seen as a case of “lawyers investigating lawyers” which means that there will be nothing to the investigation and – regardless of what’s there – Hillary Clinton will come out of the investigation just fine.
Lynch has refused to say if her relation to the Clinton administration in the past is a conflict of interest -which seems to be apparent. All she has said was that her Justice Department recently received some referrals. She said, “We review them and we’ll determine what particular steps, if any, we need to take.” Naturally, her words “if any” are causing concern.
Many people – including many, if not most, Republicans on Capitol Hill – want a vigilant investigation to see if Hillary Clinton’s usage of her private email server has caused danger to the United States by the emails being more accessible to foreign governments on her server than if she had properly sent her emails over a governmental email server. She basically broke the law by using her own personal server. Beyond the dictates of the law, Hillary Clinton appears to have been less transparent in her high post as secretary of state by utilizing her own email server.
Yet, a Justice Department spokesperson – Andrea Williams – insists that the purpose of notifying the Justice Department was only to inform the Federal Bureau of Investigation of a potential compromise of classified information. She says that it is not to seek a criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email actions. However, she admits that four emails were found that do contain classified information – and were not labeled as such.
As one would expect, since the story of a possible investigation broke on Friday, once again Hillary Clinton says she’s not concerned – as she continues campaigning to become the next president of the United States. According to CNN, once again she brushes the latest situation off. Clinton insists there were no classified emails transmitted even though she was secretary of state and using her own email account. There are those that obviously doubt she could have held that job while using used her own email account and never sent or received classified information. Others are just watching to see if she can ‘dodge the email bullet’ as long as she’s dodged the ‘Benghazi bullet’ – both being aimed at her flailing credibility stance with her supporters.
At the same time, she also faces more questions about Benghazi, as that scandal is far from being over for her. It definitely appears that the email scandal and the lingering Benghazi scandal are taking a toll on Clinton’s poll numbers. According to Breitbart, even before the latest negatives related to Clinton’s emails, a Quinnipiac University poll shows that people’s trust in Hillary Clinton has plummeted.
Quite logically, Clinton’s trustworthiness and honesty plunged from 45 percent in April down to 33 percent in late July. After the lies she has told during the email controversy, it is absolutely mind-boggling that she has any trustworthy percentage at all. Look at the facts:
- She says there were no classified emails when the inspector general said there were some
- She says that she only used the emails on one device when it is now known that she used it on several devices
- She says she turned over every email when it was learned that there were 15 that she withheld
- She says that she was never subpoenaed when that is absolutely and positively did receive a subpoena
- She says she followed all the rules when she did not because it’s against the law for her to have conducted her federal governmental business on a private server – of course, the media’s continued incorrect notion that “everyone does private emails” has exasperated her desire and ability to continue the “everybody does it lie
Additionally, the poll says that she is losing to Republican presidential candidates Gov. Scott Walker, Sen. Marco Rubio, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in head-to-head matchups in the key states of Iowa, Virginia, and Colorado. Obviously, her campaign is losing steam earlier in the 2016 presidential campaign process than it did in 2008.