U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch says there was ''no need for (my) recusal or an independent prosecutor'' during the investigation of Hillary Clinton's private email server. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch testifies to the House Judiciary Committee, Tuesday (July 12) where she says there was no need to recuse herself from Clinton's private email server investigation. "And in considering the matter, there was no connection, there was no need for recusal or an independent prosecutor," said Lynch. The Attorney General also said she was not able to provide "any further comment on the facts or the substance of the investigation." The Republican chairmen of two U.S. House of Representatives committees asked the Justice Department on Monday to launch an investigation into whether Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton committed perjury during testimony to Congress about her use of a private email server. After a year-long investigation of Clinton's emails, the FBI recommended that no criminal charges be brought against the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee for the Nov. 8 election. That recommendation was accepted by Attorney General Loretta Lynch. The FBI found, however, that she was "extremely careless" while secretary of state in her handling of email documents that contained classified information. Representative Elijah Cummings, the senior Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform panel, accused Republicans of a political vendetta following years of Republican-led investigations of Clinton in the House. Clinton has said that she did not believe she was handling classified information on the private email system. Chaffetz has also asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to give him access to its investigative files on Clinton.