Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch could be looking at a long prison term if she’s found guilty of “misconduct in office” for intervening in the FBI’s criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server, according to Fox News legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano.
The testimony of former FBI Director James Comey before the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this month implicated Lynch when he revealed that during the bureau’s investigation into Clinton’s emails, Lynch, then attorney general, told him to publicly refer to the Clinton investigation as a “matter,” not an investigation.
Napolitano said on Fox Business Tuesday that such “terminology may be indicative of a mindset on the part of Attorney General Lynch that she was going to do whatever she could to prevent Mrs. Clinton from getting indicted.”
Napolitano further stated, “There is enough evidence here, just on the basis of the little snippets given to the Senate Intelligence Committee by former FBI Director Jim Comey, that Mrs. Lynch was either conflicted or working at odds with the Justice Department and in behalf of Mrs. Clinton’s campaign and the DNC when she told them to use different terminology for the investigation.”
In past testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Comey admitted that Lynch’s request made him feel “queasy” and led to one of his closest aides to joke that he was now the director of the “federal bureau of matters,” according to news reports.
On Friday, Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) released a letter confirming that Lynch is now a focus of their investigation due to concerns that she may have impeded the FBI’s investigation into Clinton.
Lynch also allegedly discussed the Clinton investigation with then-Democratic National Committee chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) in an email memo, which Napolitano said would prove “misconduct in office.”
“It is alleged, this document has not seen the light of day if it exists, that there is one or several emails between Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Loretta Lynch concerning the behavior that Loretta Lynch will take to further the DNC interests while Mrs. Lynch was the attorney general,” Napolitano said, noting that such conduct is considered a felony. “Depending on what they charge her with, it could be five or 10 years in jail. It’s very serious. It’s the equivalent of obstruction of justice.”
Lynch has not yet been called to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, but if and when she is, Napolitano said that Attorney General Jeff Sessions would have every reason to initiate a separate DOJ investigation to uncover whether or not the former AG committed obstruction of justice or if she will be charged with “misconduct in office”.
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