February 24, 2016: Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaks about the Justice Department’s role in prosecuting the Clinton email scandal.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch (Credit: Empower Magazine)

Attorney General Loretta Lynch (Credit: Empower Magazine)

Lynch tells a House committee, “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 to how to best handle it. […] 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 the career, independent attorneys in the Department of Justice. They follow the evidence. They look at the law. And they’ll make a recommendation to me when the time is appropriate.” (Politico, 2/24/2016) 

FBI Director James Comey is expected to decide whether or not to recommend indictment of Clinton and/or any of her aides. Then, if any indictment is recommended, Lynch would decide whether to act on it or not. (The Washington Post, 3/2/2016)

February 24, 2016: Former CIA Director Michael Hayden suggests that Clinton’s private server was almost certainly hacked by foreign governments.

CIA Director Michael Hayden (Credit: GovTechWorks)

CIA Director Michael Hayden (Credit: GovTechWorks)

Hayden is the only person ever to head both the National Security Agency (NSA) and the CIA. He says, “I would lose all respect for a whole bunch of foreign intelligence agencies if they weren’t sitting back, paging through the emails” of Clinton.

He adds, “Once you’ve set it up [as she did], nobody has to be stupid, lazy, unintelligent—it’s gone bad. You’re going to end up with information on this private server that just shouldn’t be there, let alone all the questions about preserving government records. […] How much energy would I expend if I were still director of the National Security Agency and someone told me I could get access to the unclassified email server of [Russian Foreign Minister] Sergei Lavrov? I’d move heaven and Earth to do that. And here you’ve got these private, intimate conversations by a senior official of the US government sitting out there in what I would call an unprotected environment.”

Hayden was appointed head of the NSA by President Bill Clinton and then head of the CIA by President George W. Bush. (USA Today, 2/24/2016)