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Meeting with Bill Clinton Won’t Affect Hillary's Email Case, Lynch Says

Attorney General says DOJ investigators will have the last word on nominee's emails

Attorney General Loretta Lynch expressed regret Friday for her meeting with former President Bill Clinton in Phoenix this week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call FIle Photo)

Attorney General Loretta Lynch said she regrets that her meeting with former President Bill Clinton has cast doubt on the integrity of the Department of Justice’s ongoing investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.  

“I certainly wouldn’t do it again,” Lynch told attendees Friday at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado about her recent run-in with the former president in Phoenix.  

“It’s important to make clear that that meeting with President Clinton does not have a bearing on how this matter is going to be reviewed, resolved and accepted by me,” she said.  

Lynch vowed to accept the recommendations that investigators give her on how to handle the probe into Hillary Clinton's handling of her State Department email. “The final determination as to how to proceed will be contained within the recommendations in the report,” Lynch said.  

The attorney general did not provide a timetable for the delivery of the final report, stating only that investigators are proceeding as scheduled.  

“They’re doing the work that people in the Department of Justice do every single day. And I could not be more proud of that work,” she said.  

She said, however, that her friendly discussion with Bill Clinton about life, grandchildren and former Attorney General Janet Reno would in no way impact the inquiry.

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