Attorney General Loretta Lynch said that President Obama’s comments about Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state have “no influence or bearing” on the Department of Justice’s investigation into the server. (VIDEO: Obama Says Hillary’s Email Use Was A ‘Mistake’)
In congressional testimony Tuesday, Rep. [crscore]Bob Goodlatte[/crscore] questioned Lynch.
“I want to cover one more topic that concerns me greatly,” explained Goodlatte. “During the FBI’s investigation of the IRS matter, the president stated on Super Bowl Sunday that there was not, ‘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, ‘This is not a situation in which America’s national security was endangered,'” said Goodlatte. “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?”
“Mr. Chairman, the department reviews facts and evidence submitted before it,” Lynch replied. “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 refer you to him for a review of those,” Lynch claimed.
Goodlatte responded, “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?”
“Mr. Chairman, I really don’t have a comment on the president’s expression of his views,” said Lynch.
“He’s a 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,” said Goodlatte. “Wouldn’t it be better if the president of the United States did not comment on the merits of the those investigations while they’re going on?”
“Mr. Chairman, I really don’t have a comment on the president’s statements,” said Lynch.