Cornyn on Fox: Lynch Should Appoint Special Counsel in Clinton Email Probe

‘It’s really part of a larger narrative of the Clintons acting like the rules that apply to you and everyone else don’t apply to them.’

Following media reports that Attorney General Loretta Lynch met privately with former President Bill Clinton earlier this week, I appeared on Fox News’ On the Record with Greta Van Susteren Thursday to renew my call for Lynch to appoint a special counsel to oversee the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. Excerpts from my appearance are below, and video of the interview can be found here.

It’s looks really bad, Greta, and as you know as a lawyer it’s not just the actual impropriety – it’s the appearance of impropriety. And of course it’s another reason why I don’t think Loretta Lynch should take the lead in this investigation.

It’s really part of a larger narrative of the Clintons acting like the rules that apply to you and everyone else don’t apply to them.

I think it undermines public confidence that [Lynch] is going to be an impartial prosecutor when it comes to the referral from the Department of Justice on the Hillary Clinton email affair, and I think she has to hand it off to a special prosecutor.

The President does not want this investigation over Hillary Clinton’s email to go any further than the FBI. We still need to see what the FBI is going to do. I have confidence in Director Comey and the professionalism of the FBI, but I really worry when it comes to the politicalization at the Department of Justice. Unfortunately, now Loretta Lynch has thrown another log on the fire.

I think one of the biggest problems Mrs. Clinton has is that people don’t trust her. They don’t believe she’s trustworthy.

I think we need to make sure the air can be cleared as much as possible, and this would reassure a lot of people if Loretta Lynch, the Attorney General, would just step up and do the right thing here.

It’s clear the President is trying to pre-ordain the outcome of this by saying he knows things he doesn’t know, and he’s going to use all the influence he can to make sure that this indictment under the Espionage Act never occurs. So we know that politics is there. What we had not seen until now was really the terrible judgement on the part of the Attorney General to engage in this private conversation with the husband of the target of this investigation, and here again, give the impression that the rules don’t apply to the Clintons like they apply to everyone else.

If she cares about the public impression of even-handed administration of justice, which I believe she does, then she’d realize she’s tainted the investigation one way or the other.


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