Attorney General Loretta Lynch claims she’s never discussed the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s handling of emails as secretary of state with President Obama.
Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” host Chris Wallace asked Lynch if Obama’s endorsement of Clinton for president created a conflict of interest, since Lynch was appointed by the President.
“You’re a political appointee of the President. Does that create a conflict of interest for you?” Wallace asked. “Does it make it harder for you to handle the criminal investigation into Clinton when your boss is saying he thinks she should be president?”
Lynch said she doesn’t get involved in the election and that the investigation will be handled in a normal manner.
“I don’t get involved in whom the president endorses and I don’t have comments, as I said before, on any of the candidates,” she said. “The investigation into the State Department email matter is going to be handled like any other matter. We’ve got career agents and lawyers looking at that. They will follow the facts and follow the evidence wherever it leads and come to a conclusion.”
In May, an investigation by the Office of the Inspector General found that then-Sec. of State Clinton acted negligently in operating a private email server. (RELATED: State Dept. Admits That Hillary Clinton Failed To Turn Over Secretive Email)
Wallace then pressed again: “So does this create a conflict of interest for you?”
“No, this is not a conflict for me or for the department or for anyone,” Lynch responded. “We will continue to do all of our work in the same way in which we always have with the interest of the American people, first and foremost.”
Wallace then pointed out that the same day Obama endorsed Clinton, Lynch met with Obama at the White House.
“Did you in any way, shape, or form discuss the Clinton case with the President?” Wallace asked.
Lynch claimed she has never talked with the President or anyone in the White House about the investigation.
“We’ve never discussed the Clinton case,” she said. “I’ve never spoken about it with the President or really with anyone at the White House. That’s not the kind of relationship that I have with people there and it would be inappropriate to do so.”