On July 1, 2016, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch made a promise: she would accept the FBI’s recommendation of whether or not to press charges in the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state.
Almost four months later, that promise has taken on renewed significance in light of FBI Director James Comey’s announcement on Friday that the agency is reviewing newly discovered emails relevant to the Clinton email investigation. The emails were obtained during an “unrelated investigation,” Comey said.
The New York Times reported Friday that the emails were obtained from a device belonging to either longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin, or her estranged husband, former Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner, who is under investigation for sending illicit text messages to a 15-year-old girl.
So far, Lynch has remained silent on Comey’s announcement regarding the newly discovered emails.
Lynch was the subject of public scrutiny after it was revealed that she and Bill Clinton met for 30 minutes on an airplane runway at the end of June. (RELATED: Why Did Bill Clinton And Loretta Lynch Meet On Her Airplane In Phoenix This Week?)
Lynch admitted that the meeting “cast a shadow” over the investigation, before making her promise to accept the FBI’s recommendations.
When the FBI requested to open up a public integrity investigation into the Clinton Foundation, however, the Department of Justice (which is headed up by Lynch) declined, claiming there was insufficient evidence to open an investigation.