- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 19, 2016

Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Sunday that President Obama’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president does not create a conflict of interest in the FBI’s ongoing investigation of her State Department email.

Ms. Lynch insisted that the federal probe of Mrs. Clinton’s unusual email setup at the State Department, which conceivably could result in criminal charges against the likely Democratic presidential nominee, is being handled like any other case.

“This is not a conflict for me or for the department or anyone. 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,” Ms. Lynch said on “Fox News Sunday.”

The country’s top law official said she has never discussed the investigation with the president or White House officials.

“We’ve never discussed the Clinton case,” she said. “That’s not the kind of relationship I have with people there and it wouldn’t be appropriate.”



The FBI is investigating Mrs. Clinton’s exclusive use of a private email account hosted on a server in her home for official business when she served as secretary of state under Mr. Obama.

The setup shielded her from open-records requests and posed a security risk, including her handling of material that was later designated classified.

Mrs. Clinton has called the use of private email a mistake but has insisted that she did nothing illegal.

“I don’t get involved in whom the president endorses,” said Ms. Lynch. “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 fact and follow the evidence wherever it leads until we come to a conclusion.”

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