Attorney General Loretta Lynch is the hot seat Tuesday over her handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
It was the beginning of a tough afternoon for Lynch as representative after representative grilled her on why she chose not to bring charges against Clinton for mishandling classified emails.
During the questioning by lawmakers Lynch continued to deflect to the excuse that she deferred to the recommendation of FBI Director James Comey and “career agents and prosecutors.”
That response didn’t work for a number of representatives, including Illinois Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, who scolded Lynch.
“You are in charge of the Department of Justice. The buck stops with you,” he said.
Sensenbrenner cited a case of a military service member being prosecuted fo emailing a warning out to his fellow personnel about an imminent danger and said the public senses that there is a double standard.
“You have a problem, madame attorney general,” he said.
Ohio Rep. Steve Chabot concurred.
“Virtually anybody else…there would have been charges brought for a crime,” he said.
Chabot then mentioned the impeachment case against former President Bill Clinton.
“He lied, committed perjury,” Chabot said.
“Every American, including the president of the United States, including a candidate for the highest office in our land ought to be treated equally under the law,” he said. “In this case I think it’s a travesty because I don’t think Hillary Clinton has been treated like any other American would have been treated under the same circumstances.”
Stay tuned, this was just the first round of fireworks. BPR has more coming!
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