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AG Lynch: Obama's Comments On Clinton Server Won't Sway Investigation

- November 17, 2015

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BOB GOODLATTE (R-VA): "I want to cover one more topic that concerns me greatly. During the FBI's investigation of the IRS matter, the President stated on Super Bowl Sunday that there was not, quote, 'even a smidgen of corruption at the IRS.' At the end of that investigation, no charges were filed. Two weeks ago, the President stated with respect to Secretary Clinton's emails, quote, 'this is not a situation in which America's national security was in danger,' end quote. Should we expect that when the FBI finishes its investigation of this matter that no charges will be filed? Does the department allow statements by the President to dictate its investigative practices?"

LORETTA LYNCH: "Mr. Chairman, the department reviews facts and evidence submitted before it. We apply the law to those facts and evidence, we take all the appropriate steps in every matter that we review. And that is how we will essentially manage every matter under our purview, whether it relates to the IRS, to an email matter, or every matter that comes before us. And with respect to the President's comments, they have no influence or bearing on how the department manages these matters and I would have to review you to him for a review of those."

GOODLATTE: "I'm glad to hear you say that. In your view, wasn't it inappropriate for the President to once again inject his personal views into an ongoing FBI investigation?"

LYNCH: "Mr. Chairman, I really don't have a comment on the President's expression of his views."

GOODLATTE: "He's the chief executive officer of the United States and everything that operates within the executive branch is under his purview, including the very important independent nature of the FBI in conducting its investigations. Wouldn't it be better if the President of the United States did not comment on the merits of those investigations while they're going on?"

LYNCH: "Mr. Chairman, I really don't have a comment on the President's statements."

GOODLATTE: "Thank you very much." (Judiciary Committee, U.S. House Of Representatives, Hearing, 11/17/15)


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