HOTAIR — Sounds great. Anyone buying this, though? Attorney General Loretta Lynch told a House committee that the Department of Justice will conduct a review of any recommendations from the FBI on its probe of Hillary Clinton’s secret e-mail system, and that the review would be “independent.” That doesn’t mean external, however — it means that the review will be handled by career attorneys at the DoJ. The actual decision will remain in Lynch’s hands:
Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Wednesday promised that any Justice Department review of possible criminal charges connected to Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified information would be “independent,” without regard to politics or outside influence.
While a recommendation from the FBI about how to proceed could be months away, Lynch promised House lawmakers that the Justice Department’s course of action will be guided by the law alone.
“That matter is being handled by career independent law enforcement agents — FBI agents — as well as career independent attorneys in the Department of Justice,” Lynch told a House Appropriations subcommittee. “They follow the evidence, they look at the law and they’ll make a recommendation to me when the time is appropriate.”
“This will be conducted as every other case, and we will review all the facts and all the evidence and come to an independent conclusion as to how to handle it,” she maintained.
Few people seem very concerned about the FBI’s part of the probe. They have assigned scores of agents to the investigation, and broadened it out to issues of public corruption as well as improper handling of classified material. James Comey has a sterling reputation as a no-nonsense, apolitical law-enforcement executive. Congress respects Comey enough to put aside any of its own investigations into the secret server, as a way to keep from handicapping Comey and his team.