President Obama is expected to nominate James Comey, seen in 2004, to be the next director of the FBI.

USAs justisminister Loretta Lynch har gjort det klart at hun overlader etterforskningen af Hillary Clintons eposter til FBI og vil la det føderale politi konkludere. Lynch blev tvunget til at distancere sig fra epostsagen efter at hun havde et møde med Bill Clinton på en lufthavn sidst fredag. Det gav ophav til rygter om forhåndsaftale.

Det vil nu blive svært for justisministeren at gøre noget der ser ud som en favorisering af Hillary.

Mange mener Lynch begik en brøler da hun sa ja til at møde Bill Clinton. Hun må have glemt at hun er justisminister for en demokratisk president. Lynch kan ødelægge Hillarys kandidatur hvis hun tar ud tiltale. Men det samme kan ske hvis der ikke rejses tiltale og mistanken om favorisering bekæftes, f.eks. gennem lekkasjer.

Lynch on Friday succumbed to the intensifying public pressure on her following Monday’s private 30-minute meeting in Phoenix with former President Clinton.

Lynch maintained for days that the unplanned meeting was purely social and did not touch on the case against Clinton’s wife or any other legal matter.

But it nonetheless “cast a shadow over how this case may be perceived,” she conceded during a discussion at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado.

As a result, Lynch announced that she would accept the recommendations of the FBI and federal prosecutors. The top prosecutor had already made the decision privately, she said, but felt compelled to make it public due to the growing backlash.

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“This case will be resolved by the team that’s been working on it from the beginning,” she said. (….)

Sagen ligger nu i hændene på FBI-director James Comey, og han er en hård negl. Han vil bestræbe sig på ikke at blive mistænkt for politisering af efterforskninge.

“Comey is the center of gravity on this thing,” said Ron Hosko, a former FBI assistant director and president of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund

“There is a growing expectation that we the public need to hear the FBI, Jim Comey version of whether or not charges will be brought,” he added. “There has probably been increasing recognition by her that that’s true, that she is viewed as — regardless of her prior reputation as an effective prosecutor — she’s now the head of Obama’s DOJ, a political position in a Democratic administration that is deciding on the prosecution or not of the leading Democratic candidate.”

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/286349-fbi-director-takes-center-stage-in-clinton-email-case

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