Lynch: FBI, DOJ Investigating 'How Information Was Handled by State Department'

By Susan Jones | February 24, 2016 | 11:58am EST
Attorney General Loretta Lynch. (AP File Photo)

( - "If the FBI makes the case that Hillary Clinton mishandled classified information, put American security at risk, will you prosecute the case?" Rep. John Carter (R-Texas) asked Attorney General Loretta Lynch at a budget hearing on Wednesday.

Lynch never mentioned Clinton. Instead she talked about "how information was handled by the State Department."

"With respect to our investigation into how information was handled by the State Department -- how they handled classified information -- as I'm sure you know, that matter is being handled by career, independent law enforcement agents -- FBI agents -- as well as career, independent attorneys at the Department of Justice," Lynch responded.

"They follow the evidence, they look at the law, and they'll make a recommendation to me when the time is appropriate."

Lynch refused to comment on the specific investigation centering on then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server to conduct official business.

"This will be conducted as every other case, and we will review all the facts and all the evidence and come to an independent conclusion as how to best handle it," Lynch said.

"And I'm also aware of no efforts to undermine our review or investigation into this matter at all."

Clinton has turned over to the State Department about 55,000 pages of emails from her time as secretary, some of them now deemed top secret. She withheld thousands more email that she has described as private.

A federal judge on Tuesday ruled that the conservative legal group Judicial Watch may be able to question Clinton's former top aides under oath about whether she deliberately tried to undermine open records laws by using a private email server.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton called the ruluing "a major victory for the public’s right to know the truth about Hillary Clinton’s email system." 

"The court-ordered discovery will help determine why the State Department and Mrs. Clinton, even despite receiving numerous FOIA requests, kept the record system secret for years. Our proposed discovery, which will require court approval, will include testimony of current and former officials of the State Department," Fitton said.

"While Mrs. Clinton’s testimony may not be required initially, it may happen that her testimony is necessary for the Court to resolve the legal issues about her unprecedented email practices."

Judicial Watch also said it will seek a court order forcing the State Department to subpoena copies of all of Clinton's emails.

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