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Rep. Trey Gowdy: Lynch Kept Quiet to Protect Hillary

(Fox News/"America's Newsroom")

By    |   Wednesday, 13 Jul 2016 12:05 PM

There's only one reason for Attorney General Loretta Lynch's refusal to comment during a House Judiciary Committee's hearing on the facts or substance of the investigation on Hillary Clinton's email use, Rep. Trey Gowdy said Wednesday: She's protecting her presidential candidate.

"That's the only reasonable interpretation of what we witnessed yesterday," the South Carolina Republican, told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" program. "There is no other reason for a detached, neutral attorney general to say, 'This is the law, these are the facts, we applied them and this is the result we got.'"

Last week, FBI Director James Comey concluded that Clinton's use of a private email server, even while allowing classified materials to pass through, was careless but did not break the law, and Gowdy said Wednesday he disagrees with that finding.

"But give the man credit for going through the analysis," said Gowdy. "She wouldn't go through the analysis."

Gowdy, who among other committee members grilled Lynch on Tuesday, called the hearing a "total waste of time and a total disservice to our fellow citizens."

Lynch made it clear from the beginning of the hearing that she would not be commenting about the probe, telling the committee that "while I understand that this investigation has generated significant public interest, as attorney general it would be inappropriate for me to comment further on the underlying facts of the investigation or the legal basis for the team's recommendation."

But Gowdy said that it is not too much to ask a prosecutor why there has been a decision made to charge or not to charge.

"She could have answered every one of those questions," said Gowdy. "She chose not to. There is no rule that doesn't allow her to answer the questions. She just chose not to."

The committee asked Lynch to apply the facts of the case to to the law, said Gowdy, but "the facts are embarrassing for her presidential candidate."

Gowdy also questioned Lynch's decision to meet on her government-issued plane with former President Bill Clinton just days before Comey announced his recommendation not to prosecute Hillary Clinton.

"I have no reason to impeach her when she says they discussed grandkids," said Gowdy, but "that's a long time to talk about grandkids and golf. It looks terrible."

The meeting also showed there is a "two-tiered justice system" in the United States.

"Poor folks don't get to sit on the tarmac on a plane with the attorney general for 30 minutes," said Gowdy. "If you are powerful and have a position of influence and you have the right last name, then you can do things the rest of the world cannot do, and that's why people don't have confidence in the justice system."

It will be up to the public to decide Clinton's fate, Gowdy said.

"It's not a crime to lie to the public," he told the program. "I don't think voters expect us in politics to be right all the time. I think they do expect us to be honest all the time. When you have that false statement that she made to the public, I think the voters are going to factor that in."

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There's only one reason for Attorney General Loretta Lynch's refusal to comment during a House Judiciary Committee's hearing on the facts or substance of the investigation on Hillary Clinton's email use, Rep. Trey Gowdy said Wednesday: She's protecting her presidential...
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