As we have seen for some time now, the FBI has been investigating the e-mails found on Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private server. As with all investigations of this type, it has taken a long time, not a lot of information has been released, and the subject of the investigation denies everything.
The fact that the Hillary is still denying everything even though there has been some damning information was not unexpected.
Many people have wondered what would happen if the FBI discovered anything that warranted an indictment. What would the Department of justice do? Would they obfuscate? Would they sweep it under the carpet? Would they delay any case long enough for Hillary to be elected president? Would President Obama’s selection of Loretta Lynch as Attorney General create a cover-up?
Earlier this week, there were strong indications that some within the government were pressuring the White House to take Lynch off the case if there was a call for indictment, according to The Hill. This speculation puts the attorney general on notice that she should recuse herself from anything to do with the Clinton e-mail affair altogether. If she did not recuse herself from any case, that would cast doubt on the credibility of any action.
Senior Republicans are already calling for a special prosecutor to review and evaluate the situation. What we do know, with the state of Federal politics as they are, is that it is unlikely that any of the Wahring Clinton’s critics will accept a decision by the Obama appointee. Justice must be served and it must be seen to be served.
While we’re waiting to discover what will happen next, we do know that federal officials are still busy investigating the security of Hillary Clinton’s use of e-mail on her own private server. The evidence so far shows that it is likely that some classified information may have been mishandled. What we have also heard from the Clinton camp is that the e-mails are only now being classified top-secret, but were not classified top-secret at the time she handled them.
According to reports 1500 classified emails were found on her e-mail server. That includes 22 that are classified at the highest level. This means it is possible that some covert activities may have been compromised by Ms Clinton. The lives of some Americans overseas and their agents and informers may have been endangered.
For those worried about the FBI helping to do a cover-up, Rich Lowry, Editor of the National Review said, “James Comey, the FBI director is a man of integrity, working entirely on his own timetable.”
Lowry also said “It is completely insane that the Democratic Party has all of their eggs … in this basket [Hillary Clinton]. She is not a good politician, and she has this major legal vulnerability hanging over her head. She is a hostage to fortune now, and the legality of what the FBI concludes about this arrangement.”
As we have seen and as we expected Hillary insists she has done nothing wrong. She has also stated that former secretaries of state and national security advisers did the same thing. It seems her aim is to link this investigation with “the great right wing conspiracy” against her. She should not be able to succeed in that endeavor because in reality, the nonpartisan FBI Agency is running the show.
Attempting to take the heat off herself Hillary Clinton said, “I think the American people will know it’s an absurdity, and I have absolutely no concerns about it whatsoever.”
Turning back to Loretta Lynch, the reason that she needs to recuse herself from this investigation is that she was appointed U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York in 1999 by Hillary’s husband, President Bill Clinton. Lynch is too close to the Clintons for anyone to have confidence in any decisions she may make in this matter.
It is also known that Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), personally recommended her for the attorney general position. Hillary’s critics point out that Lynch also worked as the district’s top prosecutor, at the same time Hillary Clinton served as the junior senator from New York. She left the job for private practice in 2001.
Lynch returned from private practice to become the U.S. attorney in 2010, before she was proposed and confirmed by the Senate as US attorney general. Having only just entered the position, even blind Freddy would expect that if Hillary Clinton became the next president, Loretta Lynch would likely remain in her current position.
All of this baggage means it is all the more important that Loretta Lynch recuse herself from the ongoing investigation of Hillary Clinton’s e-mails.