Rep. Darrell Issa Tuesday ripped Attorney General Loretta Lynch's move to not prosecute Hillary Clinton in the email scandal as "a political decision."
"What we got today was an opportunity for the American people to understand that answers aren't coming from this administration," the California Republican told Sandra Smith on Fox News
. "And they're not taking responsibility for the double standard."
Issa was among the GOP members of the House Judiciary Committee who grilled Lynch for more than four hours Tuesday on last week's decision, as well as her June 27 meeting with former President Bill Clinton aboard her government plane on the tarmac at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix.
Lynch repeatedly referred to last week's House testimony by FBI Director James Comey, who detailed his investigation and described why he would not recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton.
"I accepted that recommendation," Lynch told the Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. "I saw no reason not to accept it.
"The matter was handled like any other matter."
Issa later slammed Lynch's insistence that her meeting with Bill Clinton was purely social. The session was held the night before the special House Benghazi Committee released its 800-page report on the 2012 attacks.
"If it was social and there were half a dozen U.S. Marshals and secret service in the room listening to it, it would be more believable than when it was a meeting," he told Smith. "But it was just the two of them behind closed doors."
"There's an election coming," Issa later added. "The American people have to decide whether or not they can trust Hillary Clinton with the level of responsibility that includes lives of men and women all over the world.
"That's probably the only place you'll get justice."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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