July 1, 2016

Lynch Vows To Accept Felony Indictment Recommendations In Clinton Case

Bill Clinton’s private plane, clandestine meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch is having real consequences this morning. Besides creating a “firestorm” of criticism over Attorney General Lynch’s “poor judgment,” the secret meeting is having significant ramifications for the end result of the FBI’s criminal probe of Hillary Clinton and her private email server.

Lynch, a former Bill Clinton appointee, has so far refused to recuse herself from the Clinton case. Yet, after the tsunami of criticism came her way she has made a significant concession. The New York Times reported this morning that the Attorney General has vowed to accept any indictment recommendation career prosecutors and FBI Director James Comey make:

“Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch plans to announce on Friday that she will accept whatever recommendation career prosecutors and the F.B.I. director make about whether to bring charges related to Hillary Clinton’s personal email server, a Justice Department official said. Her decision removes the possibility that a political appointee will overrule investigators in the case.”

This is a “significant” blow for Hillary Clinton. In the last major FBI investigation over the mishandling of classified information, career prosecutors originally recommendation a felony indictment for David Petraeus. However, then-Attorney General Eric Holder overruled that recommendation:

“Her reassurance that she will not overrule her investigators, however, is significant. When the F.B.I. sought to bring felony charges against David H. Petraeus, the former C.I.A. director, for mishandling classified information and lying about it, Mr. Holder stepped in and reduced the charge to a misdemeanor. That decision created a deep — and public — rift.”

Petraeus ultimately ended up with a slap on the wrist. Unfortunately for Hillary Clinton, that lifeline has now been removed for her, thanks to her husband’s bad decision.