Lynch says she met with Bill Clinton out of courtesy

The public deserves to know Lynch reached a decision not to ask for a grand jury to examine Hillary Clinton's mishandling of classified emails nearly before she got the word from the FBI-this isn't some personal matter that's none of our business.

Democrats also had questions for Lynch, which she was more than happy to answer.

The FBI had said earlier this week that now that its investigation into Clinton's emails has been completed, the FBI would return all material gathered during the probe to the State Department.

"In light of those contradictions, the department should investigate and determine whether to prosecute Secretary Clinton for violating statutes that prohibit perjury and false statements to Congress, or any other relevant statutes", the two congressmen wrote.

Goodlatte and another House Republican have formally requested the Department of Justice investigate whether Clinton lied to congressional committees under oath.

AG Lynch: Congressman, I refer you to my statement you just commented on, with respect to...

"The matter was handled like any other matter", Lynch told the House Judiciary Committee. Bill Clinton "only wanted to say hello". She also has said she only used one mobile device for emails and turned over all her work-related emails to the State Department.

But Clinton should expect some political fallout from the FBI investigation of her use of personal email.

Democrats on the committee mimicked Lynch in their opening remarks, opting to instead discuss the surge of violence across the United States.

Jim Jordan, the congressman from OH, just ripped into Loretta Lynch today.

"It would not be appropriate in my role to discuss the specific facts", she repeatedly said. "That work has never been more hard - or more important", she said. "We hope, Madam Attorney General, to get answers to these questions today". Clinton has said she did not send or receive emails marked classified when she sent them, claims that Comey contradicted last week.

Lynch compared the frustration of those who wanted charges against Clinton to the "frustration of people who may have a situation where they're the victim of a crime and they're not able to bring a case", but she said it does not change the facts of Clinton's case that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and DOJ prosecutors determined didn't merit criminal charges. Frustrated with her responses, Goodlatte admonished Lynch for an abdication of her responsibility.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said Lynch's "lack of clarity is bad for the republic". That followed police killings of Philando Castile, who was fatally shot near St. Paul, Minnesota, and Alton Sterling, who was shot in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She has made police-community relations a central issue of her tenure since being confirmed as the nation's highest law enforcement official, the first African-American woman to hold the job.

Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte pressed Lynch about the impromptu meeting she had with former President Bill Clinton on the tarmac of the Phoenix airport shortly before Comey announced his decision.

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