Loretta Lynch and the politicized Justice Department

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The Department of Justice has never been so completely politicized.  Eric Holder set the pace, and now it is up to Loretta Lynch to protect Barack Obama for the remainder of his second term.



The 7 Most Heinous Crimes of the Obama DOJ.  Writing at National Review, former federal prosecutor Andy McCarthy outlines the machinations of the U.S. attorney's office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) against alleged insider trading.  Led by the controversial Preet Bharara — since fired by President Trump — the office has been pilloried in the media for its tactics.  As McCarthy notes, there is general concern that "improper and abusive behavior by prosecutors has reached 'epidemic proportions'."  However, that's not the worst of it.  McCarthy lists seven high crimes and misdeameanors of the Obama DOJ that are worth remembering.

A Case for Congress and the Trump Justice Department, Not the Courts.  [Scroll down]  And, of course, the Clinton e-mails investigation, featuring:  Justice Department collusion with Clinton-camp lawyers; inexplicable immunity deals; suspects who received immunity permitted to appear as lawyers for other suspects; no prosecutions despite significant evidence, several immunity grants, and patently misleading statements during FBI interviews; a furtive tarmac tête-à-tête between the attorney general and the main suspect's husband (the former U.S. president who just happened to have launched the attorney general into public prominence, and who was positioned to influence whether the attorney general got to keep her job in an anticipated Hillary Clinton administration) just days before it was announced — surprise! — that there would be no indictment of Hillary Clinton; and startling public commentary by the FBI regarding an uncharged case that bore heavily on a presidential election.

NYT: Comey went public about Emailgate partly because he didn't trust Loretta Lynch to be impartial.  Lynch's untrustworthiness has always been a key ingredient to the Comey/Emailgate saga.  If not for the tarmac meeting with Bill Clinton last spring, it would have fallen to her as AG to make the final decision on whether to charge Hillary.  Instead, because of the suspicions surrounding her, she declared publicly that she'd follow whatever recommendation the FBI made.  That left Comey as the ultimate decision-maker, so when the investigation concluded, he felt obliged to state his reasons publicly.  And, having done so, he felt further obliged in October after the feds started looking through Anthony Weiner's laptop to notify the public that maybe the investigation wasn't concluded after all.  History will never know what might have happened, or not happened, had Bill Clinton stayed off Lynch's plane and Comey remained in a subordinate role on the Clinton matter.

Judicial Watch Sues DOJ for Records Relating To Tarmac Meeting between then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton in June 2016.  Lynch met privately with former President Bill Clinton on board a parked plane.  The meeting occurred during the then-ongoing investigation of Mrs. Clinton's email server, and only a few days before she was interview by the FBI.  Lynch later admitted that the meeting with Bill Clinton "cast a cloud" over the Justice Department/FBI investigation.  Not long afterward, FBI Director James Comey called Hillary Clinton's actions "extremely careless" but did not recommend charges.  "The infamous tarmac meeting between President Clinton and AG Lynch is a vivid example of why many Americans believe the Obama administration's criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton was rigged," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.  "Now it will be up to Attorney General Sessions at the Trump Justice Department to finally shed some light on this subversion of justice."  Judicial Watch requested the Justice Inspector General investigate the tarmac meeting.

Sessions Considering "Outside Special Counsel" To Review "Highly Politicized" Actions Of Obama DOJ.  Even though Obama spent the waning days of his administration boasting about how he had managed to spend 8 years in the White House without a single 'scandal', current Attorney General Jeff Sessions seems to have a slightly different view of how to define 'scandal'.  But perhaps Obama just "did not recall" some of the highly controversial efforts of his administration including the intentional IRS targeting of conservative political groups, Eric Holder's "Fast and Furious" gun running program which ultimately resulted in him being held in contempt of Congress and, of course, that infamous meeting between Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch on the tarmac in Phoenix just as the DOJ and FBI were contemplating whether or not to press charges against Hillary Clinton over her email scandal.

AG Sessions Open to Appointing Special Counselor to Review Obama DOJ's Scandals.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt Thursday [3/9/2017] that he would consider appointing an outside counsel to look into actions taken by the Department of Justice during the Obama years.  Hewitt asked Sessions if he would be open to appointing an outside counsel to review the DOJ's actions regarding the IRS case, the Fast and Furious case, and Secretary Clinton's server.  The Department just "had a bad eight years," Hewitt said.  "How about an outside counsel, not connected to politics, to review the DOJ's actions in those matters with authority to bring charges if underlying crimes are uncovered in the course of the investigation, and just generally to look at how the Department of Justice operated in the highly-politicized Holder-Lynch years?"

Sessions asks 46 Obama-era US Attorneys to resign.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions has asked dozens of U.S. attorneys appointed by former President Obama to submit their resignations, the Department of Justice announced Friday [3/10/2017].  U.S. attorneys are normally replaced at the beginning of new administrations.  Of the 93 U.S. attorneys, 46 remain from the past administration, according to the Department of Justice.

Are the Democrats scrambling for a fall guy on the wiretap of Trump campaign?  All skillful criminals (the ones that stay out of jail for the big crimes) understand the need for a fall guy.  Which brings me to something truly extraordinary:  an attorney general, just weeks out of office, posted a video calling for "marching", "blood" and "death."  The chief law enforcement officer of the United States calling for political violence!  Why would she do that, and why now?  Clarice Feldman suggested that the denials of any knowledge of wiretapping by James Comey and James Clapper leave lovely Loretta Lynch exposed.  Somebody gave the nod.  And met secretly with Bill Clinton in her priavte jet at Phoenix Airport.  So what does the barely-former AG do?  She plays the race card.

Where has she been for the last eight years?
Sen. Feinstein Worries 'The Justice Department Could Become Politicized'.  President Trump's nominees for Deputy Attorney general and Associate Attorney general appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday [3/7/2017] for their confirmation hearing, which took on added importance, given Attorney General Sessions' decision to recuse himself from any investigation dealing with the Trump campaign and Russian meddling in the U.S. election.  Even before Rod Rosenstein and Rachel Brand testified, the committee's ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) called for a special prosecutor to investigate the alleged Russia-Trump collusion — for which there is still no evidence.

Former AG Lynch Rants About Rights Being 'Rolled Back'.  Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch made a video rant that Senate Democrats found so "inspirational," they posted it to their Facebook page.  Lynch warned that our rights are "being assailed, being trampled on and even being rolled back."  Which rights enjoyed by Americans are under assault Ms. Lynch forgot to mention.  Yeah, but it sure sounds frightening, doesn't it?  Even more hysterically, Lynch seemed to suggest that Trump opponents should mimic civil rights protesters from the 1960s, when ordinary people "marched, they've bled and yes, some of them died."  Is Lynch advocating violence in the streets?

Fake News From the Associated Press on FISAgate.  Every time the AP mentions FISAgate, it includes this ritual defense of the Obama administration:  ["]Trump has offered no evidence or details to support his claim, and Obama's spokesman has denied it.["]  The AP's statement is false.  It is a classic instance of fake news.  Barack Obama's spokesman has not denied that "the Obama administration wiretapped Trump Tower last year."  He only denied that Barack Obama personally ordered such surveillance.  But that isn't the question.  Presumably, the order to conduct surveillance came from Loretta Lynch's Department of Justice.  But no one thinks that Lynch would have ordered the opposing presidential candidate's telephones tapped, or his computers hacked, without her boss's approval.

Former AG Lynch suggests we need more 'marching,' 'blood,' and 'death' in the streets.  In a video rant that Senate Democrats posted to their Facebook page as "words of inspiration," former Attorney General Loretta Lynch seemed to suggest that the way to combat the policies of President Trump was to mimic the success of civil rights protests, no matter the cost.  Without offering a shred of proof or any specifics, Lynch said that American's rights were "being assailed, being trampled on and even being rolled back."  She also appeared to suggest that the way to remedy the situation was to march, bleed, and die for the cause.

Pelosi: Loretta Lynch Meeting With Bill Clinton Was 'Serendipitous'.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) said Thursday [3/2/2017] there is no comparison between current Attorney General Jeff Sessions meeting twice with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. last year and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch meeting privately with Bill Clinton last year as the FBI investigated his wife's private email server.  Pelosi told reporters Thursday at a press conference that Sessions should resign for not disclosing his meetings with the Russian ambassador during his confirmation hearing to become attorney general.  Reporters asked Pelosi how the controversy surrounding the Sessions revelation compared to Lynch's private meeting with Bill Clinton on a plane as the FBI probed his wife's private server to see if she mishandled classified material.

The Obama Regime's Criminal Syndicate.  [Scroll down]  Among the radical leftist groups pre-approved by the settlement agreements to directly receive funds from the banks is none other than The National Council of La Raza, which bills itself as "the nation's largest Hispanic activist organization."  Yet, a brief history lesson on the reality of La Raza, which literally translates to "the race," shows us that the group has been connected to the Chicano Student Movement of Aztlan (MEChA), an extremist Mexican race hate group which firmly believes in exploiting illegal immigration to bring about 'La Reconquista', a violent overthrow of the southern U.S. states that would be absorbed into Greater Mexico. [...] According to a February 2016 independent monitor report, there are 147 "HUD-approved counseling agencies" that make up these third party groups like La Raza that are currently receiving hundreds of millions of dollars directly from the banks under the DOJ settlement agreements.

GOP wants to eliminate shadowy DOJ slush fund bankrolling leftist groups.  The Obama administration funneled billions of dollars to activist organizations through a Department of Justice slush fund scheme, according to congressional investigators.  "It's clear partisan politics played a role in the illicit actions that were made," Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, told Fox News.  "The DOJ is the last place this should have occurred."  Findings spearheaded by the House Judiciary Committee point to a process shrouded in secrecy whereby monies were distributed to a labyrinth of nonprofit organizations involved with grass-roots activism.

Lynch's Doubling of False Claims Act Fines Could Be Bonanza for Trial Lawyers.  Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch signed a final rule shortly before leaving her post that will effectively double penalties under the False Claims Act, which could stand to benefit trial lawyers, who overwhelmingly contribute campaign funds to Democrats.  Lynch, the attorney general under former President Barack Obama, signed the rule on January 13.  It doubles penalties under the False Claims Act, the main tool used by the government to combat fraud from persons or companies.  Under the 2015 Bipartisan Budget Act, it was required for Lynch's Justice Department to make annual inflation adjustments for civil penalties.  Additionally, the department had to make a one-time aggregate penalty adjustment.

Tom Fitton Statement On The Confirmation of Jeff Sessions as United States Attorney General.  "When it comes to public policy, the Justice Department has been a locus of evil.  President Obama ruined the Justice Department.  Senator Sessions, now the Attorney General has to build it from the ground up, practically speaking.  On every public policy issue conservatives care about, the Justice Department has been on the other side and usually against the rule of law and helping corrupt politicians try get away with it.  So Senator Sessions really has to reorient the Justice Department to actually advance the interest of the American people and the rule of law, as opposed to subverting it. [...]"  [Video clip]

Attorney General Loretta Lynch and a parting shot at personal freedom.  President Barack Obama, in the death throes of his time in the White House, has delivered perhaps his harshest blow to constitutional freedom by permitting his attorney general to circumvent the Fourth Amendment, thereby enabling people in law enforcement to get whatever they want about whomever they wish without a showing of probable cause of crime as the Fourth Amendment requires.  That amendment expressly forbids the use of general warrants — search where you wish and seize what you find — and they had never been a lawful tool of law enforcement until Lynch's order.  Down the slope we have come, with the destruction of liberty in the name of safety by elected and appointed government officials.

Trump and Obama's Legacy of Racism.  [Scroll down]  Let's look at a few examples, starting with the easiest, the Department of Justice.  For eight years, the two attorneys general have crusaded to let the world know there are too many black people in prison for no reason what so ever — other than white racism.  Too many arrested.  Too many prosecuted.  Too many convicted.  Too many sent away for too long.  And once let out, too many return too soon.  They call it Criminal Justice Reform — and it is all about white racism and racist police.  From the president on down, they say the only reason more black people are arrested than white people is that racist white police pick on black people in black neighborhoods.  And if they pulled the cops out of black neighborhoods and put them in white hoods, the crime numbers would flip and white people would be arrested wildly out of proportion.

"Statistical Evidence Not Required".  The most important statement in the Justice Department's [...] report on the Chicago Police Department has nothing to do with police behavior.  Released on Friday [1/13/2017], the report found the Chicago police guilty of a "pattern or practice" of unconstitutional force.  But it turns out that the Justice Department has no standard for what constitutes a "pattern or practice" (the phrase comes from a 1994 federal statute) of unconstitutional police conduct.  "Statistical evidence is not required" for a "pattern or practice" finding, the DOJ lawyers announce, citing unrelated court precedent.  Nor is there "a specific number of incidents" required to constitute a "pattern or practice," they proclaim.

Debunking Loretta Lynch's One-Sided 'Chicago Cops Are Racist Villains' Statistics.  Is it fake news when on MLK weekend Loretta Lynch issues a scorching 164 page report blasting Chicago police for using force on Blacks 10 times more often then Whites... but nowhere mentioning that Blacks are murdered 15 times more often than Whites, or that Blacks are the murders 20 times more often than Whites, or that Police are 30 times more often to be killed by a Black than by a White?

The law was bent and broken to keep Clinton in the game.  [Scroll down]  Democrat voters also should be questioning the legitimacy of Clinton's nomination because the rule of law was corrupted to preserve her political viability.  Her candidacy should have ended when the email server story broke.  (Really, it should have ended with the publication of Clinton Cash, but the Democrats incorrectly believed their controlled media could insulate her from the fallout of those astounding revelations.)  The politicized Obama Justice Department did Democrats no favors by staving off indictments that would have taken Clinton out of the game, or by slow-walking the email investigation until her replacement became prohibitively difficult.

If The Comey Letter Sunk Hillary, It's Her Own Fault.  Democrats have reacted to Donald Trump's victory in a number of ways:  they've demanded the Constitution be retroactively changed; they've pinned the blame on "fake news;" they've allowed paranoia about Russia to corrupt their thinking; and they've blamed the loss on the FBI, specifically the "Comey letter," which is most perplexing excuse of all.  In response to pressure from congressional Democrats, the Justice Department inspector general will now review how the FBI and Justice Department handled certain aspects of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.  (Perhaps the inspector general could also look into why Attorney General Loretta Lynch reportedly asked Comey not to send the letter even though she had promised not to get involved in the investigation.  While they're at it, maybe the inspector general can find out why Lynch attended an off-the-record meeting on a tarmac with the husband of the person under investigation?)

I'm Starting to Think the Obama DOJ Just Might Be Politicized.  As I recounted in Wednesday's column, the FBI reportedly had suspicions that Trump, or at least members of his "team," might be violating financial and banking laws.  Upon poking around, the Bureau determined there was no "nefarious purpose" in the connection of a server in Trump Tower to at least one bank.  Yet the case was not dropped upon the finding of no criminality.  Instead, apparently because the bank or banks involved were Russian, the matter was pursued as a national-security investigation under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).  Indeed, the investigation may well be ongoing.

Comey: FBI denied repeated requests to access DNC servers, Podesta's device.  FBI Director James Comey acknowledged Tuesday that his agency failed to get access to Democratic National Committee servers and the smartphone of Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman allegedly hacked by Russia in the 2016 presidential race.  Thousands of emails from the servers and Chairman John Podesta's device were stolen, then made public during the race, which Clinton lost to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.  But the FBI's repeated requests for access to the devices were denied.  So the agency instead had to rely on the findings of a "highly respected private company," Comey said.

Lynch says US must hold police accountable.  In an interview as her tenure ends, Lynch strongly defended the Justice Department's aggressive intervention in local law enforcement during the Obama administration, including the decision to repeatedly seek court-enforceable improvement plans with troubled police agencies.

Inspector General Should Be Investigating Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Not Comey.  In light of reports on Thursday afternoon [1/12/2017] that the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Justice said they would be opening an investigation of the DOJ and the FBI regarding their actions in the run up to the November 2016 Presidential Election, it seems everyone has an opinion on what should happen.  A majority of the opinions focus on the fate of FBI Director James Comey as it relates to his decision to hold a press conference on July 5 announcing the Bureau would not recommend the DOJ charge Clinton and with his choice to release letters referencing the Clinton investigation days before the election.  There seems to be a case of selective amnesia and outrage among mostly left-leaning political types as it relates to other parts of the new OIG investigation.

Federal Hate Crime Law Used For Transgender Violence For The First Time.  The US Justice Department has used a federal hate crimes law for the first time to bring criminal charges against someone for targeting a victim on the basis of gender identity, according to documents unsealed on Wednesday [12/21/2016] by a federal court in Mississippi.  Joshua Brandon Vallum pleaded guilty Wednesday to violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr.  Hate Crimes Prevention Act by killing Mercedes Williamson in 2015 because she was transgender.  Court records show he was charged Dec. 14.

Judicial Watch Wants Sessions to Root Evil Out of DOJ.  "When it comes to public policy, the Justice Department is a locus of evil," said Tom Fitton, who heads Judicial Watch.  He said he hopes the agency will follow his group's advice and put it through a cultural overhaul.  "It's just an aggressively ideological and 'what is it we can get away with' Justice Department," Fitton said.  "Sessions has a big fight ahead of him."  Fitton hopes the senator will "stop the war on police" — meaning, roll back the agency's intervention when police departments face steep public criticism, like in Chicago and Baltimore.  And if the department doesn't root out what Fitton believes is intractable internal corruption, his group will keep pushing.

Jake Tapper Grills Loretta Lynch On Her Tarmac Meeting With Bill Clinton.  CNN's Jake Tapper grilled outgoing Attorney General Loretta Lynch for her notorious tarmac meeting with former President Bill Clinton in June, while agencies under her supervision were investigating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.  The interview, which aired Sunday, is part of series of public statements Lynch is making as she prepares to turn the Department of Justice over to Sen. Jeff Sessions, who President-elect Donald Trump has nominated to succeed her.

Lynch says she regrets tarmac meeting with Bill Clinton.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Sunday [12/18/2016] that the fallout from her tarmac meeting with former President Bill Clinton was "painful" for her. [...] Some have criticized the meeting, which came as the FBI was investigating Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server while serving as secretary of State.  Lynch rejected the idea that FBI Director James Comey made unprecedented decisions in an effort to combat allegations that the Justice Department was biased in favor [of] Clinton.

Attorney General shuts down Obama's plan to pardon thousands of illegal migrants.  The US Attorney General has shut down any hope for a mass pardon of illegal immigrants in America before Donald Trump takes office.  Loretta Lynch shot down left-leaning hopes for a blanket clemency rule for thousands of illegal immigrants en masse.  The head of the Department of Justice, appointed by Barack Obama himself, told Politico that a last-minute mass pardon before the president left the Oval Office was impossible.

Loretta Lynch Responds To Attacks From Clinton Campaign.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch is defending the FBI against allegations that the bureau mishandled investigations of email hacks of Democrats and focused too much attention on Hillary Clinton's private email server. [...] She was responding to complaints raised by Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta in an op-ed published by The Washington Post on Friday.  Podesta, who had his Gmail account hacked during the campaign, argued that "something is deeply broken at the FBI."

Lynch Slips — Says No Evidence Of 'Technical Interference' From The Russians.  U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch stated Thursday [12/15/2016] that the United States intelligence community has not found any evidence of "technical interference" on the part of the Russian government on voting machines used in the 2016 election.  Lynch instead referred to Russia hacking into the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Attorney General shuts down Obama's plan to pardon thousands of illegal migrants.  THE US Attorney General has shut down any hope for a mass pardon of illegal immigrants in America before Donald Trump takes office.  Loretta Lynch shot down left-leaning hopes for a blanket clemency rule for thousands of illegal immigrants en masse.  The head of the Department of Justice, appointed by Barack Obama himself, told Politico that a last-minute mass pardon before the president left the Oval Office was impossible.

'Stain on our nation': Attorney General Lynch condemns 'disturbing' rise of anti-Muslim hate crimes.  US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said "much more work remains to be done" to combat the rise of anti-Muslim hate crime in the US.  Lynch, who is the first African-American woman to hold the position of US attorney general, was speaking at a news conference with interfaith leaders at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society Center in Sterling, Virginia on Monday [12/12/2016].

Beware of one-dimensional statistics.
AG Lynch: 67% Increase in Hate Crimes Against Muslim Americans in 2015.  U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Monday that there has been a 67 percent increase in hate crimes committed against Muslim Americans, according to FBI statistics released on the number of hate crimes committed in 2015.  Lynch said that number represented "the highest total of anti-Muslim incidents since the 9/11 attacks in 2001.  "Just last month, the FBI released its statistics on the number of hate crimes committed in 2015.  The report was a sobering indication of how much work remains to be done.  Overall, the number of reported hate crimes increased six percent from 2014," Lynch said at an interfaith event on the Justice Department's commitment to combat hate crimes.

Loretta Lynch Plans To Visit Mosque Once Raided In Counterterrorism Probe.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch will visit a controversial Virginia mosque next week, likely as a response to a recent FBI report that found a spike in anti-Muslim hate crimes in the U.S.  The visit to the All Dulles Area Muslim Society Center (ADAMS) will mark Lynch's first to a mosque since she took over the Justice Department last year.  And that will be one visit more than the number she has paid to a synagogue.  That despite there being two-and-a-half times as many hate crimes against Jews reported last year than against Muslims.  No details have been provided about Lynch's visit or for why ADAMS was chosen.

DOJ Settlement on VW Emissions Scandal Requires German Automaker to Promote Electric Vehicles; EV Industry Not Happy.  Following the revelation early this year that Volkswagen had failed to accurately report its emissions test results for its diesel vehicles, the Department of Justice (DOJ) reached a $14.7 billion settlement with the German automaker that included $2.7 billion to promote education and infrastructure for electric vehicles across the United States.  "The settlement of the company's Clean Air Act violations ... requires Volkswagen to pay $2.7 billion to fund projects across the country that will reduce emissions of NOx where the 2.0 liter vehicles were, are or will be operated," the June 28 DOJ press release said.

DOJ Declines To Comment On Why Agency Won't Investigate Threats To Electors.  The Department of Justice did not want to discuss why the agency refuses to investigate alleged harassment and death threats toward Electoral College voters in states that went for Donald Trump.  "The department will decline to comment," DOJ deputy press secretary David Jacobs told The Daily Caller in an email Wednesday afternoon [11/30/2016].  The Justice Department seemed concerned about protecting voters from being intimidated at the polls on Election Day.  It deployed 500 monitors to 67 jurisdictions in 28 states to watch polling stations this past presidential election cycle.

Meltdown at Justice:  Attorney General Lynch Abdicated Her Duty in the Clinton Probes.  Fewer than three of 10 Americans trust government to do the right thing always or most of the time, Gallup reports, and the years since 2007 are "the longest period of low trust in government in more than 50 years."  The details emerging about the multiple investigations into Hillary Clinton explain a lot about this ebbing public confidence in institutions such as the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

DOJ fines Denver Sheriff Dept. for excluding noncitizens when hiring.  The Denver Sheriff Department will accept a penalty from the Department of Justice after a federal probe found it wrongly made U.S. citizenship a job requirement during a recent hiring spree.  The sheriff's department — the biggest sheriff's office in Colorado — will pay a $10,000 fine after it required applications for deputy sheriff jobs to be U.S. citizens when hiring from the beginning of 2015 through March 2016.  The department went on a hiring spree of 200 deputies as part of its ongoing reform.

Obama Admin Fines Police Department For Not Hiring Non-Citizens.  Denver County's sheriff office has been slapped with a fine by the Department of Justice (DOJ) because it refused to hire non-citizens as deputies.  From the beginning of 2015 through last March, the Denver Sheriff Department went on a major hiring binge, adding more than 200 new deputies.  But those jobs ended up only going to citizens, because the department made citizenship a stated requirement on the job application.  The department admitted as much in a new settlement with the U.S. government, which requires it to pay a $10,000 fine.

Senator Jeff Sessions Will Be the Restorative Attorney General We Need.  The Obama Justice Department has been the most politicized in the nation's history.  It has weaponized the law against the president's political adversaries and scapegoats, while insulating the president's allies against investigation and prosecution.  It has made progressive political activism the touchstone of Justice Department hiring, stacking various departmental sections with social-justice warriors who see the law as their arsenal to achieve fundamental societal transformation.  It has exploited the legal process as an extortionate tool to shakedown deep-pocketed institutions for the purpose of funding progressive rabble-rousers.  It has used law-enforcement to craft political narratives that, for example, propped up Obama's "blame the video" fraud after the Benghazi massacre; framed the nation's financial institutions for the mortgage meltdown, to the exclusion of reckless government policies; and undermined Second Amendment rights while getting federal agents killed (see the "Fast and Furious" debacle, over which Holder was held in contempt of Congress).  It has injected racial discrimination into the enforcement of civil-rights laws in blatant violation of the equal-protection principles those laws are supposed to assure.  It has exhibited a contempt for Congress and a propensity to obstruct legislative oversight that would have made the Nixon administration blush.  It has repeatedly engaged in appalling prosecutorial misconduct and then lied to federal judges to cover it up.  It has not only refused to enforce the immigration laws and sued to prevent sovereign states from enforcing them, but has also endorsed the president's claimed power to ignore congressional statutes.  It is abetting a war on the nation's police departments, seeking to nationalize them under the guise of baseless and ruinously divisive smears that cops are hunting down African-American men, and that the justice system is rigged against black people.

7 things Sessions can do immediately to restore the rule of law at Justice.  There is no part of the federal government that is more vital to our system of government, yet more damaged by the Obama years, than the Department of Justice.  Whether it's immigration law, domestic crime, jailbreak, crushing the states with lawsuits, or religious liberty concerns, the Justice Department stands at the nexus of the most important issues of our time.  If there was ever an agency that must be cleaned out from top to bottom, it's the DOJ. And no man is better suited for that job than Senator Jeff Sessions.  He will promote equal justice under the statutes passed by Congress.  Moreover, he can serve as a watchdog to ensure that other areas of the federal government are following the letter of the laws passed by Congress.  While some systemic reforms will have to come from Congress, there are some immediate steps that Sessions can take on day one to implement triage on the rule of law.

To 'Drain the Swamp,' Start With the Department of Justice.  As we approach the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States, we can only hope that the Department of Justice under a Trump Administration is one that believes and, more importantly engages, in pursuing justice ethically, legally and with lots of common sense; and one that will institute department-wide accountability from both the top-down and bottom-up.  As someone that has worked in the criminal justice field for close to 35 years and strongly believed that I knew and understood our criminal justice system more than most, I am saddened to admit that I was wrong, but I am optimistic that with the right leadership and management accountability, for positive change in the Justice Department is in fact possible.

Five GOP Senators Demand AG Lynch Stop Investigating Climate Skeptics.  Showing a stunning disregard for the First Amendment last month U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch acknowledged the Justice Department has asked the FBI to look into whether the disbelieving of the unproven climate change hypothesis by climate skeptics merits prosecution for fraud.  In other words the Obama government was trying to scare skeptics into silence.  Thankfully some in our legislature have the guts to respond.

A Blow to the Non-Elite Elite.  There were a lot of losers in this election, well beyond Hillary Clinton and the smug, incompetent pollsters and know-it-all, groupthink pundits who embarrassed themselves. [...] One big loser is the Obama Justice Department — or rather the very concept of justice as administered by the present administration.  It has gone the tainted way of the IRS, VA, and NSA.  The Justice Department clearly pressured the FBI to limit its investigation of pay-for-play corruption at the Clinton Foundation and the State Department.  Seemingly every few weeks of the campaign, FBI director James Comey flip-flopped — depending on whether the most recent pressure on him came from rank-and-file FBI agents, the Clinton campaign, or his boss, Attorney General Loretta Lynch.  Lynch met with Bill Clinton in a secret "accidental" encounter on an airport tarmac while Hillary Clinton was under investigation.  Immunity was granted to several Clinton aides without the FBI obtaining much cooperation in return.  Clinton techies invoked the Fifth Amendment in refusing to testify before Congress.

Wikileaks shows Department of Justice Tipping Off Hillary camp about damaging info!  Another Wikileaks email shows possible collusion between the Department of Justice and the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign: [...] What the email shows details are possible scandals that might damage the campaign, and it clearly shows that they got this before the document dump from the Department of Justice[.]

Is Comey at war with the Dept. of Justice over Clinton's emails?  FBI Director James Comey has caused consternation with his public actions.  Everyone is trying to understand what's really going on behind the scenes.  One explanation, I believe, is that Comey is at war with the Department of Justice.  The FBI's responsibility is to investigate.  However, they can only do that if they get help from the DOJ.  Lacking such cooperation, the FBI is put in an awkward position where they cannot fully proceed and complete their investigation.

FBI Taking Action To Take DOWN Top Justice Dept.  Officials.  A former DC based US Justice attorney is now claiming that agents in the FBI want to take down the top dogs at the Department of Justice.  I absolutely believe that.  The attorney claims that the FBI is going to bring the whole place down.  Man, I hope and pray that is true.  This guy names names too... Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, Assistant Attorney General Peter Kaznick, Assistant Attorney General John P. Carlin and Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell are all on the to-do list of the FBI.

DC Attorney:  FBI Agents Working To Expose Top DOJ Officials.  Agents within the Federal Bureau of Investigation want to take down the personnel at the top of the Justice Department, according to a former D.C. based U.S. Justice attorney.  "Just think of the FBI as the Vietcong.  That's what they are.  They are digging tunnels under the Justice Department.  They are going to sink that place," Washington attorney Joe DiGenova told The Daily Caller Thursday [11/3/2016].  DiGenova, who has bureau sources close to the FBI investigation, named Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, Assistant Attorney General Peter Kaznick, Assistant Attorney General John P. Carlin, and Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell as senior level staff at DOJ have who have "done something that they are going to regret."

Thanks To The Clintons, We Have Achieved a Full Blow [sic] Constitutional Crisis.  Ignore the gnashing of partisan hacks in the media and elsewhere.  We have achieved full constitutional crisis.  Hillary Clinton, Democrat candidate for POTUS, and her husband and former POTUS, are now under criminal investigation with indictments very, very likely.  Who in this country wants their new President-elect and a former President under indictment come January 2017 when the new president is supposed to be sworn in?  Who in this country wants to have Nixon to the second power, with two members of our elite POTUS club spending their time and energy fighting off the FBI and using a politicized Department of Justice (and IRS) to try and hold onto power?

Obama DOJ: Handmaiden Of Clinton Corruption.  The Obama Department of Justice has been corruptly aiding and abetting the Democratic Party's presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, to escape legal accountability for her actions.  From Attorney General Loretta Lynch on down through the Justice Department's political ranks, the Department has blocked the FBI from searching for the truth and following the evidence of potential criminality to its logical conclusion.  Whether it is Hillary's use of a private e-mail server while serving as Secretary of State or her involvement in the pay-for-play Clinton enterprise known as the Clinton Foundation, the Obama administration is applying a banana republic-style double standard to pervert justice and the rule of law in order to shield her.

The Bill Clinton-Loretta Lynch Meeting — Even Worse Than We Thought.  It now appears that the FBI has been investigating the Bill and Hillary Clinton Foundation for more than a year.  This casts the informal meeting last summer on an airplane between Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch in an even worse light than before. [...] Keep in mind too that, according to multiple reports, the Justice Department has been pushing back hard against the FBI investigation of the Clinton Foundation.  For example, when agents on the Foundation case sought emails contained on non-government laptops that had been searched as part of the Clinton email case, prosecutors in the Eastern District rejected the request.

Justice Department official tipped off Clinton campaign about email probe.  A top Justice Department official leaked information to the Clinton campaign about the legal case concerning Hillary Clinton's secret email server, according to a new email released Wednesday by WikiLeaks that could further taint the administration's claims of impartiality.  Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik sent a heads-up to Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta in May 2015 letting him know the government was going to try to delay posting Mrs. Clinton's secret emails until 2016.  In the message, sent from his private account rather than his government-issued account, he also warned of a looming House hearing where he expected a Justice Department official would face questions about Mrs. Clinton's emails.

Leaks suggest FBI agents felt DOJ blocked their Clinton investigations.  FBI agents felt as though the Justice Department tried to block them from investigating multiple allegations of wrongdoing and corruption against Hillary Clinton over the past year.  More than a dozen current and former agents have spoken anonymously to multiple media outlets over the past week, including to the Washington Examiner.  FBI field agents have complained of tensions between the bureau and the Justice Department when it came time to consider more aggressive moves, such as issuing subpoenas.  Some investigators felt as though the Justice Department attempted to stymie a year-long probe into the Clinton Foundation, CNN reported Wednesday [11/2/2016].

Attorney General Loretta Lynch is Sued to come clean on secret airport meeting with Bill Clinton.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch is facing a federal lawsuit to give details of a meeting she had with Bill Clinton days before she was to decide on his wife's fate.  The meeting in June was barely a week before the Justice Department which she heads dropped its probe into Hillary Clinton's private email server.  The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) filed the lawsuit against the Department of Justice in Washington on Wednesday [11/2/2016] demanding more information about the meeting, which led to Lynch stepping aside from the server investigation.

Andrew McCarthy explains exactly how Loretta Lynch is quashing the FBI's Clinton Foundation probe.  First of all, get your mind clear on this one thought:  What really matters is not the illegality of Hillary's schlock, homebrew e-mail server, nor is it the classified information that was jeopardized because it passed through said server.  That matters, but not as much as the thing that really matters.  What really matters is the pay-for-play, bribery corruption of the Clinton Foundation.  The e-mail server was set up to prevent Congress, the media and the public from learning what was really going on with the Clinton Foundation.  The fact that the server was discovered, and that we now know classified information was compromised because of it, is flitting around the edges.

Justice Department official gave Clinton camp 'heads up' about testimony.  A Justice Department official with close ties to Hillary Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta sent him a "heads up" last year to warn that lawmakers might question witnesses about the presidential candidate's private emails, messages released Wednesday by WikiLeaks show.  Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik, the official now in charge of informing Congress about the revived Clinton email probe, gave a personal status update to the Clinton campaign in the email sent May 19, 2015.

DOJ Official Involved With Huma Abedin Email Probe Donated to Hillary.  Peter Kadzik, the assistant attorney general of the U.S. Justice Department involved with the probe into Huma Abedin's emails, previously donated to Hillary Clinton and the daughter of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.  Kadzik sent a letter to a handful of congressional leaders on Monday stating that the department would work alongside the FBI and move as swiftly as possible in its probe of newly discovered emails from Abedin recovered from the laptop of her estranged husband, former Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner.

The Clinton E-mails Are Critical to the Clinton Foundation Investigation.  Let me unpack this.  Readers are unlikely to know that the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn is not just any United States attorney's office.  It is the office that was headed by Attorney General Loretta Lynch until President Obama elevated her to attorney general less than two years ago.  It was in the EDNY that Ms. Lynch first came to national prominence in 1999, when she was appointed U.S. attorney by President Bill Clinton — the husband of the main subject of the FBI's investigations with whom Lynch furtively met in the back of a plane parked on an Arizona tarmac days before the announcement that Mrs. Clinton would not be indicted.  Obama reappointed Lynch as the EDNY's U.S. attorney in 2010.  She was thus in charge of staffing that office for nearly six years before coming to Main Justice in Washington.  That means the EDNY is full of attorneys Lynch hired and supervised.  When we learn that Clinton Foundation investigators are being denied access to patently relevant evidence by federal prosecutors in Brooklyn, those are the prosecutors — Loretta Lynch's prosecutors — we are talking about.

John Ashcroft:  This is Not The Justice Department That I Knew.  With FBI Director James Comey announcing the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email scandal would be reopened, Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft weighs in on the backlash as well as the political fallout as Election Day quickly approaches.  "Well, first of all, I'm deeply saddened by what's happened by the Justice Department," Ashcroft told the FOX Business Network's Neil Cavuto.  Ashcroft then brought up claims that the Department of Justice blocked the FBI from using many of the investigative tools available to it in its investigation of the Clinton Foundation.

Tom Fitton:  The Same DOJ That Wanted 'to Prosecute Tea Party Groups' Told the FBI to 'Stop Investigating the Clinton Foundation'.  "We're looking for all the records on the email investigation — the 302s, the other back-and-forths that documents detail when the FBI started battling on protecting the Clinton administration and giving away immunity agreements and things like that,' said Fitton.  "Also, we sued the FBI for records about the infamous tarmac meeting between Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch."

DOJ has been trying for months to shut down FBI probe of Clinton Foundation.  This sounds very much like an X-Files episode, except that I doubt the Cigarette Smoking Man, the Well Manicured Man, the Elder or even the aliens themselves are as corrupt as the Clintons.  Whoever our real-life Mulder and Scully might be in this case (and it's surely a lot more than two agents), the task of looking into the Clinton Foundation's dirty dealings is getting [...] a lot of resistance from the Justice Department, which wants the whole thing to stop immediately.

Clinton Foundation Scandal:  A Justice Department Cover-Up Exposed?  Lost in the hurricane of news about the FBI's renewed investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email is a bombshell of possibly greater importance — an apparent attempt by Obama's Justice Department to quash an FBI probe into the troubled Clinton Foundation.  Back in August, the Daily Caller reported that the FBI and several U.S. attorneys offices were conducting a joint investigation of the foundation for financial crimes and influence peddling.  It was a major story that, naturally, other news outlets ignored, until this weekend.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch Pleads the 5th When Asked Questions About Obama's Iran Ransom Payment.  Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) and Rep. Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.) initially presented Lynch in October with a series of questions about how the cash payment to Iran was approved and delivered.  In an Oct. 24 response, Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik responded on Lynch's behalf, refusing to answer the questions and informing the lawmakers that they are barred from publicly disclosing any details about the cash payment, which was bound up in a ransom deal aimed at freeing several American hostages from Iran.

FBI boss called attorney-general's bluff before revealing Weiner breakthrough.  An astonishing confrontation between the attorney-general and the FBI director over Hillary Clinton's emails was revealed Monday [10/31/2016].  Sources told Reuters how James Comey, the FBI boss, challenged Loretta Lynch, the nation's most senior prosecutor, over whether she was directing him to keep the bombshell discovery of new, 'relevant' emails secret from Congress.  The development was revealed by the news agency hours after the White House went out of its way to back Comey as a man of 'integrity' and rubbish Hillary Clinton's attack on him.

Judicial Watch Files Lawsuit for FBI Records on Clinton Email Investigation; Tarmac Meeting Between Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch.  Judicial Watch announced today [10/28/2016] that it filed a Freedom of Information (FOIA) lawsuit to obtain Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) records relating to its "investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a non-government email server during her tenure."  The lawsuit includes a demand for FBI "302" documents, which are reports of FBI investigation interviews.

DOJ Stops Florida From Removing Dead People and Foreigners From Registered Voter List.  In response to allegations of possible voter fraud involving dead people and foreigners who are not citizens but registered to vote anyway, Ken Detzner, the Florida Secretary of State began cleaning up the voter registration lists in his state.  During the process, they found 53,000 dead people that were still registered to vote throughout the state and Detzner issued instructions to have them removed from the voter rolls along with any persons identified to be non-citizens.  When the news reached Washington DC, the Democratic controlled Department of Justice, immediately reacted and issued orders instructing Detzner to stop purging the voting records.

Report: DOJ Tried Repeatedly To Kill FBI's Clinton Foundation Investigation.  Senior-level Justice Department officials pushed back heavily on an ongoing FBI investigation of the Clinton Foundation, according to a bombshell report from The Wall Street Journal.  The newspaper laid out numerous examples, based on law enforcement sources, of senior DOJ officials intervening to quash the probe.

FBI agents 'wanted to investigate the Clinton foundation but were barred by their bosses at the Justice Department'.  The FBI has spent the past year investigating the Clinton Foundation over claims they were trading access for donations to the charity, leading to friction between the bureau and the Justice Department.  Agents in New York and Little Rock have been leading the probe, but have been ordered by senior officials in Washington and the Justice Department to scale back the extent of the probe due to a lack of evidence.

Attorney General told FBI director James Comey NOT to send letter to Congress about bureau reopening the investigation.  [FBI Director James] Comey broke from [Attorney General Loretta] Lynch, who objected to the move along with the Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, and independently sent the letter to Congress on Friday, dropping the bombshell about the restarted investigation based on newly discovered emails, rocking Clinton's campaign.  Comey's supporters argue that he had to break away from Lynch and act independently on the issue due to her compromising herself when she had an impromptu visit with former president Bill Clinton late into the investigation earlier this year.

Congress: Attorney General Lynch 'Pleads Fifth' on Secret Iran 'Ransom' Payments.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch is declining to comply with an investigation by leading members of Congress about the Obama administration's secret efforts to send Iran $1.7 billion in cash earlier this year, prompting accusations that Lynch has "pleaded the Fifth" Amendment to avoid incriminating herself over these payments, according to lawmakers and communications exclusively obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.  Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) and Rep. Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.) initially presented Lynch in October with a series of questions about how the cash payment to Iran was approved and delivered.  In an Oct. 24 response, Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik responded on Lynch's behalf, refusing to answer the questions and informing the lawmakers that they are barred from publicly disclosing any details about the cash payment, which was bound up in a ransom deal aimed at freeing several American hostages from Iran.

Think The DOJ Was Corrupt With Hillary?  Here's The Proof.  It was apparent from the beginning of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails that she would never face justice for her actions because the Department of Justice (DOJ) would not prosecute her due to the corrupt nature of the agency.  A look at the political donations of DOJ employees reveals just how entrenched the bias for Clinton at the department truly is.  The Hill poured through Federal Election Committee data to determine the amount of donations from federal government employees to presidential candidates.  Federal workers donated a total of $2 million to the presidential candidates, and $1.9 million of it went to Clinton.  But the most notable part was the amount of donations that DOJ employees gave to Clinton.

The FBI: The 'Fix Be In'.  The FBI's reputation has sunk so low under the Obama administration that its initials seem to stand for:  The Fix Be In.  The bureau's no-hurry investigation into Hillary Clinton's deleted State Department emails seemed engineered to see no evil.  Meanwhile, the New York Times reports that Attorney General Loretta Lynch is replacing FBI agents and prosecutors who oppose charging New York police in the chokehold death of Eric Garner (because they aren't sure the police committed a crime and don't think they can get a conviction) with staff who want to throw the book at NYPD.

Politicized DOJ Brings Further Shame on Institution in Eric Garner Case.  The New York Times reported Monday [10/24/2016] that the Obama Justice Department has replaced the New York team of FBI agents and its own lawyers investigating the chokehold death of Eric Garner, presumably triggered by a good-faith difference of opinion by the replaced group of agents and prosecutors on whether the arresting police officers should face federal civil rights charges for Garner's death.  But it stretches the imagination to assume the reason is anything other than concern by Attorney General Loretta Lynch and her Civil Rights Division that an indictment may not be the result of the investigation.

Clinton Campaign Chairman Had Multiple Dinners With Top DOJ Official During Clinton Email Investigation.  The day after Hillary Clinton testified in front of the House Select Committee on Benghazi last October, John Podesta, the Democrat's campaign chairman, met for dinner with a small group of well-connected friends, including Peter Kadzik, a top official at the Justice Department.  The dinner arrangement, revealed in hacked Podesta emails released by WikiLeaks, is just the latest example of an apparent conflict of interest between the Clinton campaign and the federal agency charged with investigating the former secretary of state's email practices.

Richard Nixon could only wish he got Hillary's FBI treatment.  Oh, for the good old days of Watergate and of public servants like Elliot Richardson and William Ruckelshaus.  We should be so lucky now.  Instead, we have a sitting president, Barack Obama, who presided over a corrupt Justice Department and the FBI.  And instead of public servants of principle, we have a gaggle of quislings, including Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who put partisanship and their careers ahead of duty.  Rather than ending a national nightmare, a transfer of power from Obama to Clinton would start a new crisis of confidence.  Consider the threshold question of whether the Justice Department could ever be trusted to prosecute anyone in public office.

Report: 97 Percent of DOJ Employee Political Donations Went to Hillary Clinton.  A nearly unanimous overwhelming majority of Department of Justice (DOJ) employees who made political donations in 2016's presidential campaign gave to Democratic nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton over GOP nominee Donald J. Trump.  In fact, according to the new bombshell report from [T]he Hill, walking through all the agencies of the federal government and how government workers in Washington, D.C., overwhelmingly gave to Clinton over Trump, a whopping 97 percent of DOJ employees who made political donations gave to Clinton.

Counting up the carnage.  Putting on a blue uniform has seldom been this hard.  Thugs and killers have always despised the men and women who keep the peace, but now their bosses often no longer have their backs.  When the badge is bent out of shape to suit the times, civility slides toward the ragged edge of barbarism.  Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch announced a plan earlier this month to collect data on incidents between law enforcers and civilians, particularly shootings by police officers, whether fatal or non-fatal, as well as deaths of suspects in custody.

Report: Justice Department Extorts Companies to Fund Left-Wing Activists.  A new report from the Government Accountability Institute (GAI) concludes that the Obama administration's Department of Justice has been extorting fines from major banks, which are then used to fund leftist groups that push the Democratic vote.  The report notes that while community organizing groups have been using aggressive, "terrorist" tactics for decades to force banks to provide funding for their operations, the Obama administration has brought the power of the federal government to bear on their behalf.  Banks are threatened with lawsuits for racial discrimination based on the controversial "disparate impact" theory, and offered incentives to settle by paying left-wing groups directly, beyond the review or oversight of Congress.

DOJ Opts For Fewer Watchdogs At Polling Places.  The Department of Justice (DOJ) made the decision to severely limit the number of election observers to a handful of states, according to a New York Times report Monday [10/24/2016].  "I was a little surprised by the Justice Department's decision, to be honest," Derek T. Muller, law professor at Pepperdine University, told the New York Times.  Since the Voting Rights Act of 1965 created the program, the DOJ collectively sent 32,000 electoral observers to selected communities.

AG Loretta Lynch:  DOJ 'Has Made a Priority to Root Out, Prosecute, and Prevent Corruption'.  Lynch said she is proud that the DOJ is "working tirelessly to detect corruption and bring wrongdoers to justice — no matter how powerful the actors, no matter how complex the crimes, and no matter where the crimes take place."  The attorney general went on to praise the work of the U.S. Attorney Offices and the FBI, which, she said, "have prosecuted and convicted corrupt officials at all levels of the American government." [...] "In the days ahead, we will continue the hard work of rooting out corruption," the attorney general asserted.  However, Lynch's remarks come just four months after she met privately with former President Bill Clinton on a private plane.

AG Lynch Rails Against Corruption:  Says It Undermines Citizens' Belief in Their Elected Officials.  Speaking in Rome, Italy on Thursday, Attorney General Loretta Lynch told a group of leaders and law enforcement officials that "fighting corruption in all of its forms" is a vital mission of the U.S. Justice Department.  "And like many of you, I have seen firsthand how corruption, at bottom, is about breaking trust.  It is about undermining citizens' belief in their elected officials.  It is about betraying the people's faith that when public monies are spent on services for citizens — from infrastructure to education — none of those funds will be misappropriated for selfish ends.  "And it is about poisoning the civic spirit of a people — displacing passion with cynicism, and solidarity with suspicion.  And that is why the U.S. Department of Justice has made it a priority to root out, prosecute, and prevent corruption."

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Oh, yeah.  That's right, Loretta.  Wherever there's corruption, you're all over it.  Unless the corrupt official's name is Clinton, and the investigator's name is Comey.

Justice Department decides to pass on prosecuting EPA officials over Gold King spill.  You probably remember the disastrous spill at the Gold King mine in Colorado which was caused by EPA inspectors getting a bit too loose with their drilling equipment.  The resulting outpouring of contaminated water affected people in multiple states, particularly some Native American tribes who are still pursuing legal remedies though the courts.  In case you were wondering if anyone would be held accountable, the Inspector General's office at the EPA did conduct a full investigation to see if there was any criminal culpability and it recently drew to a close.  They turned the case over to the U.S. Attorney's Office but... surprise, surprise, surprise.  That office of the Justice Department has decided not to pursue it.

FBI to compile a national database on use of force by police agencies.  The FBI will launch a pilot project early next year to begin collecting use-of-force statistics nationwide and create the first online national database on both deadly and nonfatal interactions the public has with law enforcement.  "Accurate and comprehensive data on the use of force by law enforcement is essential to an informed and productive discussion about community-police relations," said Attorney General Loretta Lynch in a statement Thursday [10/13/2016].  "The initiatives we are announcing today are vital efforts toward increasing transparency and building trust between law enforcement and the communities we serve."  But although Lynch can impose financial penalties on law enforcement agencies that fail to report data about "civilians" who died during interactions with authorities or in their custody, the Justice Department cannot require state and local agencies to report the far larger number of such situations that are not fatal.  Participation in the new use-of-force program by those agencies is voluntary.

Republicans claim 'collusion' after email appears to show DOJ, Clinton campaign contact.  Republicans accused the Hillary Clinton campaign and Obama Justice Department of "collusion" on Tuesday [10/11/2016] after an email surfaced from the latest WikiLeaks document dump indicating the Clinton camp got a heads-up from the DOJ about one of the former secretary of state's court cases.

James Comey and Loretta Lynch Should Be Impeached for Whitewashing Clinton's Crimes.  Just when one thinks the cavalier cabal of Clinton and her cronies has exhausted all manner of corruption, yet another outrage surfaces, implicating even more people.  The bombshell this week is that Loretta Lynch and James Comey not only gave immunity to Hillary's closest co-conspirators Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson — who, despite being attorneys, destroyed evidence right and left — but, in a secret side deal, agreed to limit the FBI's review of the Clinton team laptops to pre-January 2015 and to destroy the laptops when the FBI review was complete.  Congress and every law-abiding citizen in this country should be outraged.  This blatant destruction of evidence is obstruction of justice itself.

Department of Social Justice:  LEOs Can Be Criminals or Non-Citizens, So Long As They Aren't White Guys.  If you want a job in law enforcement, not being a criminal is okay, but the important thing is not to be a white man: [...] Since the only real criterion is not to be a white male, and white males are less likely to have criminal records, then obviously checking into the criminal histories of potential law enforcement officers would be counterproductive.  If being a criminal doesn't count against you, why should not being an American citizen?

DOJ: Diversity Trumps Ability to Pass Criminal Background Checks.  On Wednesday [10/5/2016], the Department of Justice (DOJ) released the "Advancing Diversity in Law Enforcement" report, which highlights hiring practices in the law enforcement community.  In the report.  the DOJ discusses problems associated with diversifying police forces, claiming racial diversity is more important than being a law-abiding citizen.

Obama's DOJ blames criminal, citizenship checks of job seekers for lack of police diversity.  Local police departments' use of criminal background checks and citizenship requirements to vet job applicants are among the barriers limiting diversity in law enforcement, a new Justice Department report finds.  The report, released Wednesday in conjunction with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, critiques several widely used police-hiring practices — noting that over-reliance on such criteria "may limit certain underrepresented communities' representation in law enforcement agencies."  "Ensuring that law enforcement agencies represent the diversity of the communities they serve can help restore trust and improve policing," said Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta.

Obama to NatSec Agencies:  Increase Diversity, Train on 'Implicit or Unconscious Bias'.  President Obama issued a memo to heads of government agencies today on increasing diversity in the national security workforce to make the diplomacy, development, defense, intelligence, law enforcement, and homeland security complex "more effective at problem solving than homogeneous groups."  The national security workforce in the federal government consists of more than 3 million workers from agencies such as the Intelligence Community, USAID, Treasury Department, State Department, Justice Department, and the Department of Homeland Security.

DOJ: Criminal Background Checks, Citizenship Requirements Barriers to Police-Force Diversity.  The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released a comprehensive report Wednesday [10/5/2016] examining law enforcement hiring, recruitment, and retention policies with the aim of increasing diversity in police departments.  The report — "Advancing Diversity in Law Enforcement" — highlighted barriers to diversity within police departments, such as "the use of criminal background checks" which the researchers found "is likely to disproportionately impact racial minority applicants."  The report also found that U.S. citizenship requirements "may prevent a considerable number of racial and ethnic minorities — many of whom have valuable foreign language skills — from being hired by law enforcement agencies."

Obama DOJ drops charges against alleged provider of Libyan weapons.  Lawyers for the Justice Department on Monday [10/3/2016] filed a motion in federal court in Phoenix to drop the case against the arms dealer, an American named Marc Turi, whose lawyers also signed the motion.  The deal averts a trial that threatened to cast additional scrutiny on Hillary Clinton's private emails as Secretary of State, and to expose reported Central Intelligence Agency attempts to arm rebels fighting Libyan leader Moammar Qadhafi.

Arms dealer who threatened to reveal Clinton's Libya dealings rips DOJ for 'injustice'.  An arms dealer who had threatened to reveal potentially damaging information about Hillary Clinton's alleged role in arming Islamist militants until federal prosecutors abruptly dropped their case against him Tuesday, told Fox News the case has cost him everything.  Federal prosecutors faced a Wednesday deadline to turn over discovery documents to the legal team of American Marc Turi, who had been charged with selling weapons to Libyan rebels.  Late Tuesday [10/4/2016], an announcement came that the government was dropping the case, which was set to go to trial on Nov. 8 — the day American voters choose between Clinton and GOP nominee Donald Trump.  The move may avert a release of potentially explosive documents.

Hacked Memos:  George Soros Network Hyped 'Islamophobia' After Muslim Terror Attacks.  In the wake of Islamic terrorist attacks in the U.S. and abroad, grantees of George Soros's Open Society Foundations mobilized to counter anti-refugee and anti-Muslim immigration sentiment while using the attacks to push gun control and advocate against the surveillance of Muslims in major U.S. cities such as New York.  Hacked Foundations memos reviewed by Breitbart Jerusalem betray the symbiotic relationship between Soros' grantees and prominent politicians, including Attorney General Loretta Lynch, in working to push these agendas.

The feds keep letting 'known wolves' drop off the radar.  The FBI had the future Chelsea bomber on its radar — for a while, anyway — but let him slip through.  Just as officials had done with men who became the perps in at least eight other terror attacks.  Customs officials screened Ahmad Rahami in 2011 on his return from a trip to Pakistan, and again after a 2013-2014 trip there.  They notified Homeland Security Department's National Targeting Center — which sent the report on to the FBI and other agencies.  Then, in August 2014, Rahami's dad told the authorities his son was a terrorist.  Agents checked records and found nothing.  When his father recanted, they say, they closed the book.  Yet they never bothered to interview Ahmad Rahami himself.

Obama's Colossal Email Lie Final Test for Tarnished MSM.  That Barack Obama communicated in 2012 — under a redacted pseudonym — with Hillary Clinton on the then secretary of State's permeable home-brew email server and then claimed he did not know of that server's existence until it was reported in the press in 2014 is far more than the usual politician's prevarication.  Since the fish rots from the top — and in this case it stinks to high heaven — the surfacing of this particular presidential lie calls to question the entire FBI inquiry into the Clinton server, an investigation whose credibility was paper thin in the first place and has now completely vanished.

The Justice Department's Hillary Investigation Reeks Of Corruption.  According to an Associated Press report, the Justice Department reached criminal immunity deals with three of Hillary Clinton's close advisers in exchange for information — information that could normally be obtained through subpoenas or search warrants, or, perhaps, simply by asking.  I'm not a lawyer, so I'll assume someone somewhere has a perfectly rational, completely non-corrupt explanation for why the FBI surrendered its leverage by granting immunity to Cheryl Mills and two other high ranking staff members — all potential co-conspirators in a criminal case surrounding illegal servers and the mishandling of classified emails.  Question is:  Does the Justice Department regularly grant immunity for mere cooperation?

Congressional Black Caucus demands nationwide law enforcement crackdown.  The Congressional Black Caucus is demanding that Attorney General Loretta Lynch immediately take action to prevent police killings with a nationwide crackdown on law enforcement.  "The world is watching and we cannot continue to ignore these killings," said Rep.  Maxine Waters, D-Calif., presenting the letter to the media Thursday [9/22/2016] while the entire caucus stood in support outside the Department of Justice.  The Congressional Black Caucus' letter urges Lynch to "aggressively pursue investigations, indictments and prosecutions through the Office of Civil Rights against any and all law enforcement officers who harm or kill innocent unarmed black men, women and children.

DOJ Sends Same Unit to Charlotte That Helped Ferguson, Baltimore Rioters Organize.  In moments of social unrest featuring violence and crime, one would expect the only proper role of the taxpayer-funded federal government is to quash the disturbance.  However, a unit of progressive attorneys within the Department of Justice has been at the center of every significant riot during the Obama administration, and this unit — the Community Relations Service, or CRS — was not at those scenes to protect the safety of all citizens.  In fact, the CRS was caught encouraging the chaos.  Not only did CRS side only with the protesters and not with law enforcement, they actively facilitated the protests, even as they were turning violent.  Additionally, this same unit has a serious fraud and corruption problem.

'Sex Acts On A Train:' DOJ Attorney Assaults Officer, Gets Community Service.  An unnamed Department of Justice (DOJ) trial attorney who "engaged in sex acts on a train" and assaulted a law enforcement officer must only complete 120 hours of community service, according to a DOJ Office of Inspector General (IG) summary of its investigation.  Local authorities charged the DOJ attorney with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and assaulting a police officer after the trial attorney refused to disembark and kicked a law enforcement officer removing the attorney from the train, according to the IG.

Hillary Clinton's lawyer was given immunity 'like candy' by the FBI so they could access her laptop during secret server probe.  A congressman says Hillary Clinton's former chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, and two other staff members were granted immunity deals in exchange for their cooperation in the now-closed FBI investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state.

FBI Gave Hillary Aide Cheryl Mills Immunity During Investigation.  House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) revealed that the FBI gave Hillary Clinton aide Cheryl Mills immunity as they investigated her private email server.  This kind of news explains why the FBI recommended the DOJ not prosecute Hillary despite overwhelming evidence.

Questions for Loretta Lynch as Congress Starts Probe of Cash Transfers to Iran.  The next chapter in the Obama administration's cash for hostages scandal involves the disclosure that the $1.3 billion it says it sent to the ayatollahs for "interest" payments was flown to the terrorist capital in cash — drawn from a taxpayer funded account on the authorization of the attorney general of America, Loretta Lynch.  Ms. Lynch approved the $1.3 billion payout under a decades-old legal statute that apparently allows the Attorney General to authorize seemingly unlimited funds for the final settlement of claims against America in a foreign court or tribunal, provided she certifies "that it is in the interest of the United States."  Republican leaders in Congress have taken a different view of this deal, denouncing the administration's $1.7 billion settlement with Iran, of which the $1.3 billion is a part.

The DOJ Investigates Everything — Except Political Corruption.  Attorney General Lynch has found the time to sue North Carolina for its transgender bathroom law and, to launch an immediate investigation into Alton Sterling's fatal encounter with Louisiana police.  But she has not batted an eyelash upon receiving investigative requests into Florida's corrupt state capital.  In fact, when a bipartisan group led by former Democratic senator Bob Graham asked Holder in 2013 to aid the State Attorney's Northern District Office (an underfunded office with only 22 attorneys) in investigating corruption, the DOJ responded with a simple "thank you."  If anything, Graham's letter to Holder wasn't a request — it was a demand.

Department of Justice releases video showing officers how to interact with transgender community in 'respectful' manner.  A new training video released this week shows law enforcement officers how to interact with transgender individuals in a respectful and professional manner.  The 12-minute video discourages officers from stereotyping the transgender community and encourages them to ask:  'Do you prefer if I call you ma'am or sir?'  Featuring several staged scenarios, it also highlights the best practices for ensuring interactions with transgender individuals are both polite and safe.

DOJ police-training video on transgender interactions highlights public bathroom complaint.  The Justice Department has released a training video meant to be used by law enforcement to demonstrate best practices for interactions with members of the transgender community — including a scenario that involves a complaint about public bathroom use.  The training video emphasizes that, when interacting with transgender individuals, officers should keep their questions relevant to the report or investigation at hand and remain courteous.  When in doubt, the video says, an officer should ask about the person's gender pronoun preference.

Justice Department Says Poor Can't Be Held When They Can't Afford Bail.  Holding defendants in jail because they can't afford to make bail is unconstitutional, the Justice Department said in a court filing late Thursday — the first time the government has taken such a position before a federal appeals court.  It's the latest step by the Obama administration in encouraging state courts to move away from imposing fixed cash bail amounts and jailing those who can't pay.

DOJ Pushes "Implicit Bias Training" for Local Police Officers.  How dispiriting it must be for police officers to patrol these mean streets day after day, especially now amidst all the criticism and accusations of racism.  No wonder Baltimore's police force is failing to retain so many officers.  But never fear.  The U.S. Department of Justice has an answer.  It has been pushing localities to provide "implicit bias training" for police officers and will require federal law enforcement officers and prosecutors to undergo it.  Loretta Lynch is a big fan.

John Cornyn asks Loretta Lynch about DOJ declining to investigate Clinton Foundation.  Sen.  John Cornyn, Texas Republican, on Friday sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch asking questions about a report saying the Justice Department turned down requests to investigate the Clinton Foundation for possible wrongdoing while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state.  "As the press have reported widely and emails released over the past few days confirmed, representatives of the Foundation repeatedly sought special treatment for its donors and associates from senior officials at the State Department," Mr. Cornyn, the U.S. Senate's No.2-ranking Republican, wrote to Ms. Lynch.

The DOJ's Baltimore Police Report Contributes to a Hostile Environment for Law Enforcement.  [Numerous] heinous crimes occurred as Baltimore was experiencing the bloodiest year in its history, measured on a per capita basis.  Shootings, homicides, and robberies surged after the April 2015 riots triggered by the accidental death of drug dealer Freddie Gray following an arrest.  Nearly two dozen children were killed in 2015.  Baltimore's homicide count matched that of New York City's, a city 13 and a half times Baltimore's size.  Unfortunately, such crime merits but a few passing references in the 163-page report on the Baltimore Police Department released yesterday [8/10/2016] by the U.S. Department of Justice.

DOJ Bills JW $50k to Search for Nonexistent Records about Anti-Terrorism Coalition Launched by AG Loretta Lynch.  Specifically, Judicial Watch asked for legal opinions and analysis prepared by the DOJ relating to the U.S. involvement in the program, documents that form the foundation for the decision for the country to participate in SCN [Strong Cities Network], all international agreements and related records involving the commitment of U.S. resources or personnel to SCN and records of communication between officials in the Office of the Attorney General relating to the initiative.  The request reminds the agency that, under the OPEN Government Act, Judicial Watch is entitled to a complete waiver of search and duplication fees if records aren't produced within 20 business days.  On July 29, 2016, long after the deadline to produce the records, the DOJ sent Judicial Watch a $50,000 invoice for search fees, though not a single file was produced.

Report:  Justice Department declined FBI request to investigate Clinton Foundation.  Justice Department officials decided against an investigation into the Clinton Foundation after the FBI requested the agency open a case into allegations of corruption stemming from Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state.  But the Justice Department's public integrity unit declined to pursue the probe given what it characterized as insufficient evidence, according to a CNN report Wednesday [8/10/2016].  The State Department's seemingly preferrential treatment of foundation donors under Clinton's leadership has raised questions about whether she and her aides ignored conflicts of interest in order to help the charity's most generous donors.

AG: DOJ's 'Power of Persuasion' Can Discourage Police Departments that Unfairly Target Minorities.  U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Thursday [8/4/2016] that the DOJ has the ability to "reach into specific jurisdictions" that demonstrate a pattern of unfairly targeting minorities for minor traffic infractions and can use its "power of persuasion" to discourage other jurisdictions with a similar pattern from engaging in the same practices by pointing to the DOJ's report on the investigation of the Ferguson Police Department.

Justice Department Not too Busy to Sue Town Over Mosque.  The Department of Justice has been swamped by the workload it has faced over the past several months.  They have not had the time to deal with the illegal aliens that have not been processed.  They could not look into the IRS and its treatment of conservative organizations.  Neither did the DOJ have time to look into Lois Lerner.  Amazingly, we find that it does have time to sue a small Pennsylvania township over a zoning issue.

Alphabet Soup Corruption.  [Scroll down]  [FBI Director James] Comey laid out a case for wrongdoing but then erroneously reinterpreted the law to largely exonerate Clinton, the all but certain Democratic nominee for president.  His conclusions followed the bizarre meeting on the Phoenix airport tarmac between the private jets of Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton.  The two allegedly serendipitously met and yet ordered the private meeting to be kept from the media.  Surely two Ivy League trained lawyers know that the spouse of someone under investigation does not consult privately with the principle prosecuting attorney in an ongoing case.  On the day of Comey's announcement, Clinton was scheduled to campaign with President Obama, Lynch's boss.

Report: FBI Agents Privately Believe Lynch, Clinton Struck 'An Inside Deal'.  According to The New York Post, FBI agents who worked on the Hillary Clinton email investigation are privately upset with the decision not to charge her and are quietly alleging that Attorney General Loretta Lynch must have struck a deal with her husband Bill Clinton during their private meeting.  The Post cites anonymous sources in the FBI who claim that agents investigating Clinton were subject to higher-than-usual scrutiny.  Agents had to sign "Case Briefing Acknowledgment" forms, non-disclosure agreements keeping them from speaking to anyone about the case unless called to testify.  As a result, agents cannot go public with their opinions of the case, whether they agree with the final result or not.

FBI Agents Sure That Hillary Got An Inside Deal.  The suspicious nature of the final days of Hillary Clinton's FBI investigation shocked the American people, but some FBI agents were equally perplexed.  First, there was the too-perfectly-time meeting between Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch on an airport tarmac that happened "by chance".  Now, agents are reporting that those working on the actual investigation were forced to sign unusual new clearance from to keep them from speaking publicly about what went on behind closed doors.

FBI Agents believe Lynch-Clinton tarmac meeting reflects "inside deal".  The FBI agents who worked on the Hillary Clinton email probe had to sign an NDA to force them not to talk about the investigation.  There might be a reason for it:  "FBI agents believe there was an inside deal put in place after the Loretta Lynch/Bill Clinton tarmac meeting," said one source.  Oh, really?  Current and former agents do not know if the FBI has used the "Case Briefing Acknowledgment" before.

Report: FBI Agents Working Clinton Email Case Signed NDA.  FBI agents involved with the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server were required to sign a non-disclosure agreement barring them from discussing the case with anyone else unless called to testify.  Agents who spoke with the New York Post said they had never heard of the "Case Briefing Acknowledgement" form before working on the Clinton email probe.  Signing the form prevented personnel from speaking about the investigation publicly.  "This is very, very unusual.  I've never signed one, never circulated one to others," a retired FBI chief said.  FBI sources close to the case also were reportedly disappointed with Director James Comey's decision not to recommend that Clinton be charged for a crime, according to the New York Post.

'Gag' order:  FBI confirms special secrecy agreements for agents in Clinton email probe.  The FBI has confirmed to a senior Republican senator that agents were sworn to secrecy — and subject to lie detector tests — in the Hillary Clinton email probe, an extensive measure one former agent said could have a "chilling effect."  A July 1 letter sent by a senior deputy to FBI Director James Comey to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, detailed the restrictions on agents.  The letter, reviewed by Fox News, confirmed agents signed a "Case Briefing Acknowledgement" which says the disclosure of information is "strictly prohibited" without prior approval, and those who sign are subject to lie detector tests.

Hillary Clinton and personal honesty.  The FBI investigation had a bizarre ending to it.  FBI recommendations are never made public as this one was.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch had been compromised by her politically disastrous but legally consequential meeting out of the view of the media with Bill Clinton just one week before Comey's announcement.  Whatever they discussed, the overwhelming public impression was such that Lynch removed herself and her senior aides from the case, effectively leaving the FBI to have the final say.  This is unheard of in the post-Hoover FBI.  The Comey announcement itself gave two reasons for recommending against indictment.  One was that "no reasonable prosecutor" would take the case.  That is not a judgment the FBI gets paid to make.  The FBI's job is to gather, present and evaluate facts and evidence, not predict what prosecutors might do with it.  The other stated reason for recommending against indictment was that though Clinton may have been "extremely careless" in handling state secrets, she was not "grossly negligent," which is the standard required by the espionage statute.

FBI confirms:  Hillary probe agents required to sign extraordinary NDAs.  The FBI did demand a separate non-disclosure agreement from agents assigned to the Hillary Clinton e-mail probe, Fox News' Catherine Herridge reported this morning.  Agents had to agree not to discuss the case outside of the investigation, and were told that polygraph tests could well be involved to make sure the cone of silence remained in effect.  The Senate Judiciary Committee got word two weeks ago of the unusual arrangements, including an apparent bar on speaking to members of Congress — which chair Sen.  Charles Grassley (R-IA) complained was a violation of whistleblower protections.

Our Nation's Attorney General Refuses to Say If The Law Means What It Says.  John Sexton digests the incredible exchange from the House panel's quizzing of Lynch earlier today: [...] At every turn, Lynch reverted to her scripted, mob-lawyer-vetted non-answer and refused to say if it is still a crime to disclose secret information to a person unauthorized to receive it.  I can understand her confusion — the law is very vague.  Secret documents are routinely stamped, "It is a felony imprisonable by up to ten years to disclose this information to any unauthorized person."

AG Lynch refuses to say giving classified information to people without a clearance is wrong.  During congressional testimony Tuesday, the chief law enforcement officer in the United States refused to answer simple question about letting people without a security clearance have access to classified information.  Rep.  Jason Chaffetz asked Attorney General Loretta Lynch some basic question about the handling of classified material.  AG Lynch repeatedly refused to offer any firm answers, instead suggesting that it would depend on the circumstances.

AG Lynch refuses to explain prosecution decision on Clinton emails.  The Obama administration circled the wagons around Hillary Clinton on Tuesday [7/12/2016], with Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch refusing to detail why she didn't pursue criminal charges against the former secretary and the State Department going to bat for her, saying she shouldn't have to testify under oath about her secret email account.  Facing irate Republicans on Capitol Hill, Ms. Lynch repeatedly passed the buck to others in the Justice Department, saying that while she announced she wouldn't pursue charges against Mrs. Clinton, the decision was made by the FBI and career prosecutors and she had no public thoughts on the matter.

Loretta Lynch Gives Shout-Out to Black Lives Matter: 'Do Not Be Discouraged'.  Members of the Black Lives Matter movement should not get "discouraged by those who would use your lawful actions as a cover for their heinous violence," Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Friday [7/8/2016].  Her encouragement of the radical movement came a few hours after five officers were gunned down and six were wounded by an African-American radical attacker during a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas.  Throughout her Friday statement, she zig-zagged between her calls for more political protests, her suggestions that cops should be blamed for the high number of African-Americans killed during interactions with law enforcement, and her calls for less violence during political protests.

Comey and the Will to Power.  [Scroll down]  That is how vile these people are.  So determined to protect their own power, influence and affluence, they will lie, cheat, steal and blame innocent people for their own crimes.  They appoint and confirm people like James Comey and Loretta Lynch who know they must do their bidding to keep their jobs.  There is no honor in our government anymore.  And that, ladies and gentlemen, is where we find ourselves at this moment in time.  We are a crippled America; crippled by the success of the Marxist left and their mission to inculcate our youth with their doctrine of moral relativism, entitlement and antiAmericanism.  Two generations of our youth know little or nothing about the Constitution or the men and women who brought it to fruition.

Attorney General Lynch accepts FBI recommendation to clear Clinton of wrongdoing.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch officially accepted the FBI's recommendation that neither Hillary Clinton nor any of her aides should face criminal charges Wednesday, effectively ending the year-long investigation into their handling of classified information.  Lynch said in a statement she had met with FBI Director James Comey and career prosecutors earlier Wednesday and accepted their "unanimous" recommendations to close the case without bringing an indictment against anyone involved.

Americans Don't Trust Our Institutions Because They Fail To Prosecute Crooks Like Hillary.  If you're wondering why Americans are losing confidence in our political system, this is why.  Our political elites can't even be bothered to conceal the appearance of corruption or their sense of entitlement.  The FBI announcement came just days after Bill Clinton met privately aboard a private plane with U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.  But don't worry, Lynch said she didn't discuss the FBI investigation with her old friend Bill, who in 1999 appointed her U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York.  Also, don't worry about reports that Hillary is open to retaining Lynch as her attorney general.  That has nothing to do with how the FBI has handled this investigation, trust them.

Attorney general says Hillary Clinton will Not be charged — ending last chance of indictment over email scandal.  U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said on Wednesday she had accepted the FBI's recommendation that no charges should be brought in the investigation of Hillary Clinton's personal email system.  'I received and accepted their unanimous recommendation that the thorough, year-long investigation be closed and that no charges be brought against any individuals within the scope of the investigation,' Lynch said in a statement.

You can thank these 20 Republicans for Loretta Lynch.  Lynch's private meeting at Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport with former President Bill Clinton combined with the mounting evidence against Hillary that is continually being swept under the rug only affirms the special treatment and consideration Hillary has received.  But how did Loretta Lynch become America's top cop, albeit a corrupt one, with a GOP controlled Senate?  Republicans had to vote for her, of course.

Attorney General Lynch accepts FBI recommendation to clear Clinton of wrongdoing.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch officially accepted the FBI's recommendation that neither Hillary Clinton nor any of her aides should face criminal charges Wednesday [7/6/2016], effectively ending the year-long investigation into their handling of classified information.  Lynch said in a statement she had met with FBI Director James Comey and career prosecutors earlier Wednesday and accepted their "unanimous" recommendations to close the case without bringing an indictment against anyone involved.

Washington's Hollow Men.  The two parties, in supposedly serendipitous fashion, just happen to touch down at the same time on the Phoenix corporate tarmac, with their private planes pulling up nose to nose.  Then the attorney general of the United States and her husband, in secrecy enforced by federal security details, welcome the ex-president onto her government plane.  Afterward, and only when caught, the prosecutor and the husband of the person under investigation assure the world that they talked about everything except Hillary Clinton's possible indictment, Loretta Lynch's past appointment by Bill Clinton and likely judicial future, or the general quandary of 2016.

The Most Frightening Political Fix.  We knew they could fix the Department of Justice; we suspected they could fix the FBI.  What we didn't know was that the fixes would be this transparent:  the secret meeting with a chief culprit and the DOJ head; the next day announcement by Justice that the Clinton bribery investigations would be postponed until well after the election; the suspiciously brief FBI interrogation of the former Secretary of State who during her entire tenure had recklessly breached national security protocols, deleted 30,000 emails; burned her government schedules; put top secret information onto a hackable server in violation of federal law; and topping it all the failure of the FBI director after enumerating her reckless acts to recommend a prosecution — all within a single week, and just in time for the Democrats' nominating convention.  It was, all in all, the most breathtaking fix in American history.

Trump accuses Hillary Clinton of offering 'bribe' to Attorney General Lynch.  Donald Trump on Tuesday accused Hillary Clinton of trying to "bribe" Attorney General Loretta Lynch by raising the possibility that she might keep Lynch in her position if she's elected president, even as Lynch's department oversees a case examining Clinton's use of a private email server.  The claim of a potential job offer, apparently based on a news report and erroneously attributed to Clinton herself, marked an extraordinary escalation in Trump's rhetoric against his Democratic rival on the day the FBI director said his agency will not recommend criminal charges against Clinton for using the private server.

Trump: I've Been On A Lot Of Tarmacs And Nobody Just Runs Into Your Plane.  Donald Trump expresses his doubt that former President Bill Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch "all of a sudden" ran into each other on a tarmac.  "When you look at all of the facts, she certainly lied at a minimum she lied and you're not supposed to be lying when you're dealing at this level," Trump told Bill O'Reilly on Tuesday's edition of The O'Reilly Factor.  "Then you have the husband going around on the tarmac and I've been on a lot of tarmacs and nobody runs into your plane and he talked for 39 minutes about his grandchildren and about golf.  It's not the way life is, it's not the way life happens."  [Audio clip]

Trump on Clinton Keeping Lynch as Attorney General: 'It's a Bribe!'  Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump suggested presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton was bribing Attorney General Loretta Lynch during his campaign rally in Raleigh, North Carolina on Tuesday night [7/5/2016].  "I think it's a bribe!" Trump stated, reacting to a recent New York Times report where Clinton said she may keep Lynch on as Attorney General if she's elected President of the United States.

Just how many signals can the Clintons send to Lynch?  [Scroll down]  Both sides insist now that the [Phoenix] meeting was "primarily social," but that stretches credulity to the breaking point.  There is no evidence that Lynch and the Clintons have had much social contact at all, and even if there was, one or both of the Clintons are primary figures in a major FBI probe — one tying up dozens of agents for a year now.  This leak from within the Clintons' clique (or from the Clintons themselves) makes it all too obvious.  The Clintons are offering her a job in the next administration, and they're now doing it publicly, at the same time Lynch remains in nominal charge of the outcome of the probe.

Lynch compromises Clinton investigation.  Last Monday, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch met privately and secretly with Bill Clinton. [...] Lynch may soon face a decision about whether to seek an indictment against Clinton's wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  That's why this meeting was kept as secret as possible, and might never have been discovered if not for a local reporter in Arizona.

'Lynch-ing' the Rule of Law.  "The tarmac summit sent a signal.  It is a signal to all of the hardworking FBI agents who have the goods on Hillary.  The attorney general has made it clear what team she is on.  The attorney general isn't on the side of justice.  She's on the Democratic Party team."  (J. Christian Adams, former DOJ Voting Rights Section attorney)[.]  Were it not for the fact that local reporter Christopher Sign from Phoenix's ABC15 Arizona received a news tip and led a crew on the tarmac at Phoenix International Airport last Monday, the nation might never have known that Attorney General Loretta Lynch had a private 30-minute meeting with Bill Clinton, despite the reality Hillary Clinton remains under FBI investigation (and was interviewed over the holiday weekend).  Moreover, Sign noted the FBI was "instructing everybody around 'no photos, no pictures, no cell phones.'"  It was so clandestine, Hillary even stole one of Barack Obama's favorite lines:  "I learned about it in the news."

Caught With His Pants Up For A Change.  The slick-meister is at it again, but this time his pants were up and buckled.  Bill Clinton, whose wife, Hillary, the current Democrat heir-apparent to the Oval Office, is not only a candidate for president but is up to her eyeballs in more than one FBI investigation for email usage and security violations as Secretary of State in the Obama administration, had a private thirty-minute meeting at the obscure location on the tarmac of Sky Harbor airport in Phoenix, with Loretta Lynch, the current Attorney General in the Obama administration and the boss of the FBI investigators who will decide the fate of Hillary Clinton.  Who can question the wisdom and appearance of this meeting?  But it's typical Democrat operating procedure.

Capehart: Lynch Knows Her Meeting With Clinton Was 'Disaster of Epic Proportions' for DOJ.  Liberal Washington Post writer Jonathan Capehart said Tuesday [7/5/2016] that Attorney General Loretta Lynch knew her private meeting with Bill Clinton last week was a disaster of "epic proportions" for the integrity of the Department of Justice.  Lynch and Clinton met privately on her plane in what the pair characterized as a chance encounter that solely centered on social matters.  However, even the media and Democrats cried foul at the appearance of impropriety, given the ongoing federal investigation of Hillary Clinton and her use of a private email server at the State Department.

Bill Clinton And Loretta Lynch:  We Promise To Never Meet Again During F.B.I. Investigations That Involve Us.  [Scroll down]  And, in case you missed it, Bill Clinton, through his spokesman, said that if he had a do-over, he would not meet with Lynch because of how others might view it.  Loretta Lynch also assured the public that if she had to do it again, she would not meet with that "really social guy" because she understands how their innocent meeting has cast a shadow over the investigation.  And Hillary Clinton has echoed both Bill and Lynch:  "Obviously, no one wants to see any untoward conclusions drawn, and they said they would not do it again."

No, Loretta Lynch Was Not 'Ambushed' by Bill Clinton.  Sifting through the facts slowly emerging from the tattered veil of secrecy surrounding the tarmac meeting between Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton, it is likely that the popular narrative that the Attorney General was ambushed is false.  In all likelihood, General Lynch had an important agenda that needed to be communicated immediately to Team Hillary. [...] That Hillary Clinton was finally interviewed by FBI agents on Saturday [7/2/2016] strongly suggests that not only was Lynch's meeting with Clinton prearranged, but reinforces the idea that their discussion improperly focused on the FBI's investigation of Hillary. [...] The meeting of Clinton's and Lynch's planes in a Phoenix airport at the same time of day, far from their own home bases, with both of them following busy schedules is strangely coincidental in and of itself.  That we now know the "chance" meeting occurring five days before Clinton was to be interviewed by the FBI (something that both parties to the Phoenix encounter already knew) is one coincidence too many.

Has the U.S. Department of Justice violated the Hatch Act?  [Scroll down]  So here's the question:  Does former President William Jefferson Clinton's Phoenix tarmac rendezvous with Attorney General Loretta Lynch represent a potential case of political coercion in an effort to influence an election?  And, if it does, is an investigation by a Special Prosecutor warranted?

You Owe Them Nothing — Not Respect, Not Loyalty, Not Obedience.  The idea of the rule of law today is a lie.  There is no law.  There is no justice.  There are only lies.  Hillary Clinton is manifestly guilty of multiple felonies.  Her fans deny it half-heartedly, but mostly out of habit — in the end, it's fine with them if she's a felon.  They don't care.  It's just some law.  What's the big deal?  It doesn't matter that anyone else would be in jail right now for doing a fraction of what she did.  But the law is not important.  Justice is not important.  The attorney general secretly canoodles with the husband of the subject of criminal investigation by her own department and the president, the enforcer of our laws, shrugs.  The media, the challenger of the powerful, smirks.  They rub our noses in their contempt for the law.  And by doing so, demonstrate their contempt for us.  Only power matters, and Hillary stands ready to accumulate more power on their behalf so their oaths, their alleged principles, their duty to the country — all of it goes out the window.

Loretta Lynch falls under the Clintons' corrupting influence.  She can't help herself.  Even yesterday [7/1/2016], with the political world fixated on her meeting with FBI agents, Hillary Clinton had her flack mislead the public.  A spokesman said she gave a "voluntary" interview, which is true only because she agreed to talk instead of waiting to be subpoenaed.  The flack also said she was "pleased" to assist the gumshoes.  Who believes she was "pleased" to be interviewed by the FBI in a criminal investigation that could upend her life?  But that's the way the Clintons roll.

Puppets can be very handy.
Report: Hillary Is Considering Keeping Loretta Lynch As Attorney General.  Hillary Clinton is considering retaining Loretta Lynch as Attorney General if she wins the presidency, according to a report from The New York Times.  Picking Lynch as a holdover from the Obama administration would help Clinton's stated goal of making her cabinet gender-equal.  But the choice would likely prove controversial given that Lynch is the ultimate arbiter in the Justice Department's investigation into the potential mishandling of classified information on Clinton's private email server.  Concerns over conflicts of interest reached new heights last week after Lynch, the first black female AG, met in secret with Bill Clinton at Phoenix's international airport.

Maybe It's Time to Stop 'Thinking about Tomorrow'.  With the investigation into his wife's wrongdoings while Secretary of State drawing to a close [...] Bill Clinton hopped aboard a government plane on the tarmac in Phoenix.  Aboard that plane was Attorney General Loretta Lynch, tasked to decide on whether to indict Hillary.  The meeting stirred up a raft of speculation about the odorous half-hour discussion they held in private and her continuing role in the matter.  For example:  How is it that Lynch and Bill Clinton were both in Phoenix on the tarmac at the same time?  The most credible accounts I can find indicate they both flew there separately.  She was in Phoenix to give a speech on the administration's (unprecedented) intrusion into local police operations aka "community policing".  His presence there was never credibly explained.  Yes, there were reports he was there to play golf but it was over 100 degrees and he is in poor health so that seems unlikely.

Justice Loretta Lynch?  What was Bill offering?  Lynch was appointed as US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York in 1999 by Bill Clinton, and no doubt Lynch was grateful for the opportunity to serve in that capacity.  The only higher office for Lynch would be an appointment to the Supreme Court.  The only reason the meeting became public was due to the diligence of a local TV reporter.  Lynch herself should have reported the ex parte meeting with a potential witness (or subject) in an ongoing criminal investigation yet she did not do so. [...] Justice is supposed to be blind:  yet Loretta Lynch has clearly signaled that the blindfold comes off when the Clintons are involved.

Report: Bill Clinton Delayed Takeoff to Ensure Loretta Lynch Encounter.  A source inside the federal security force protecting both President Bill Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch told The New York Observer that Clinton manipulated his own takeoff from the private executive cordon of Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport Monday [6/27/2016] to ensure he could meet Lynch.

The Stupidity of the Left.  [Scroll down]  When Loretta Lynch has ex parte communication with the spouse of a criminal investigation, it is because she is just not very smart at all.  When Hillary sets up a private email server in her basement through which flow state secrets, it is for the same reason that she flunked a bar exam in the District of Columbia that nearly everyone else passed.  Leftism is stupid, and its operatives over time become increasingly dumb and ignorant.

Irked Hillary insists bumbling Bill did not discuss politics with Attorney General in regrettable but 'short, chance' meeting.  Hillary Clinton has defended her husband's 'chance meeting' with Attorney General Loretta Lynch, whose agency is investigating her for possible secrecy law violations.  Former US President Bill Clinton crossed paths with Lynch on the Phoenix airport tarmac earlier this week.  In her first interview since her 'voluntary' meeting with the FBI yesterday, Hillary told NBC they 'did not discuss the Department of Justice's (DoJ) review' into her long-running email scandal.

Did Bill Clinton unconsciously trip his wife on the road to the White House?  To recap:  The former president postponed his departure from the Phoenix airport when he learned that Lynch would be landing soon and then sought her out for a 30-minute chat.  Why not?  Well, there's that ongoing investigation over which Lynch had the final say.  There's that.  And there's the November election.  It doesn't matter that few thought Lynch was likely to indict the Democratic nominee — or that the FBI will recommend it.  It also doesn't matter that both Lynch and Bill Clinton swear they only chatted about ordinary matters, such as grandchildren and whatnot.  What matters is that it happened.  The meeting in and of itself was enough to cast doubt on the investigation and upon whatever transpires.

James Comey Just Became the Most Powerful Person in America.  Today's [7/1/2016] Morning Joe reported breaking news from the New York Times:  Attorney General Loretta Lynch has decided that she will accept the recommendation of the FBI regarding its investigation of Hillary Clinton's e-mails.  If Comey recommends against an indictment of Hillary, that would lift a huge cloud that has been dragging her candidacy down.  It would put Hillary in a very strong position to become the next president.  But should Comey recommend the indictment of Hillary, her candidacy would effectively be destroyed.  Dems might scramble to replace her as their candidate, but in any case Donald Trump would be well-positioned to win the election.

Clinton and Lynch — Corruption, Not 'Optics'.  [Scroll down]  As stated in the U.S. Attorneys' Manual, "The requirement of recusal does not arise in every instance, but only where a conflict of interest exists or there is an appearance of a conflict of interest or loss of impartiality."  Acknowledging that the meeting was bad "optics" is a way for Democrats to intimate that while some rubes might get the wrong idea, there's really nothing unethical about it.  But they can't know that's true, can they?  One of the parties involved is Bill Clinton, who has already been impeached for lying under oath and obstructing justice.  The other is Lynch, who has politicized virtually every major case under her watch.

More about Hillary and Bill working in tandem.

Sen. Tom Cotton takes aim at Clinton tarmac scandal.  [Scroll down]  He said Mrs.  Clinton's latest testimony before the FBI, combined with Mr. Clinton's meeting with the attorney general, should remind voters of "the kind of casual, carefree, ethics-free zone that comes with the Clintons everywhere they go."  "And it should be a reminder to the American people of the kind of endless ethics controversies and scandals that we'll have in store for us if we choose Hillary Clinton as our next president," said Mr. Cotton.  Ms.  Lynch has characterized the meeting with Mr. Clinton as a chance encounter that focused on friendly conversation about his grandchildren and travels, and insisted that there was no discussion of the email investigation.

Report: Loretta Lynch let Clinton board her plane because it was hot on the tarmac or something.  [Loretta] Lynch was immediately aware of the appearance of impropriety yet allowed the meeting to proceed.  Fancy that.  Ken Kurson of the New York Observer (which is owned by Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner) hears that her staff was immediately aware of it too.  How could they not be?  Everyone in America with more than an eighth-grade education grasps the problem of an AG huddling privately with a former president while federal charges may or may not be looming against his presidential-candidate wife.  Except, I guess, Bill Clinton.

The Lynch/Clinton tarmac tête-à-tête sends the message.  The meeting Attorney General Loretta Lynch had with former president Bill Clinton on board her airplane in Phoenix is stunning.  I wonder if at any other point during her time in office she has met privately with the spouse of another person who is the subject of a DOJ criminal investigation.  There's no way.  The denials from the attorney general and the former president that they did not discuss the criminal investigation underway against Hillary Clinton are beside the point.  Just having the meeting sent a clear signal that the attorney general is cozy with the Clintons.

Under Fire, Lynch Removes Herself From Final Decision on Clinton Email.  Fallout from disclosure of former President Bill Clinton's ill-advised informal chat with Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch on an airport tarmac in Phoenix, Arizona, earlier this week came swiftly on Friday [7/1/2016].  Lynch announced that she was effectively taking herself out of the chain of command in deciding whether Hillary Clinton broke federal law by using a private email server for sensitive government business during her four years as secretary of state and whether to seek an indictment.

How a Local AZ Reporter Broke the Bombshell Clinton-Lynch Story.  The meeting between Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton might not have been known if not for a local reporter who received a tip about it.  Christopher Sign, morning anchor at ABC15 in Phoenix, joined Bill O'Reilly to go over his bombshell report.  Sign explained that he received a tip from a "trusted source" about the meeting and then met with management at the station.

Washington Post Columnist:  Bill Clinton Believes He's Above The Law.  Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank on Friday says that Bill Clinton's airplane meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch suggests "that he believes at least that he's above the typical rules and bounds of propriety."  Appearing on "MSNBC Live," host Tamron Hall asked Milbank about the "question of trust and whether the Clintons believe they live by their own rules."

FBI director takes center stage in Clinton email case.  FBI Director James Comey is now firmly in the driver's seat of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, after Attorney General Loretta Lynch pledged she would accept whatever course of action his bureau and career prosecutors recommend.  Lynch's influence will continue to be felt throughout the department, and her refusal to fully remove herself from the case ensures that she will continue to be briefed about its developments.  Prosecutors within her department — not the FBI — will ultimately decide whether or not to press ahead with charges.

More about Hilary Clinton's email scandal.

What Went Down On The Tarmac?  There are more theories than the number of Bill's girlfriends.  Maybe he was offering her the blandishment of a Supreme Court appointment in a Hillary Administration, or a nice well paying position with the Clinton Foundation.  I've thought for a while that the FBI might recommend indicting several of Hillary's underlings, who can be easily pardoned after the election, while making Hillary a Nixonian "un-indicted co-conspirator."  Perhaps Lynch wanted to tell this or something else directly to the Clintons, but couldn't risk a logged phone call or even personal email.  Maybe Bill was offering a deal whereby Hillary drops out for "health reasons"(which may well be genuine) if she quashes an indictment.

Security Source Details Bill Clinton Maneuver to Meet Loretta Lynch.  [Scroll down]  The source spoke to the Observer for 20 minutes and answered follow-up questions via text message on the condition that no further details be revealed, including even gender, given the possibility of losing his or her job as an active overseer of security arrangements.  This person was on-hand for the entirety of the meeting and some of its aftermath.  According to this source, whose credentials were checked and confirmed by the Observer with sources inside both the FBI and the United States Secret Service, the attorney general was caught completely off guard by the meeting and the source dismisses suggestions that have been raised alleging that she waited there to see Bill Clinton or accommodated his request to see him.  In fact, it seems from this source that it was Bill Clinton who was maneuvering for face time with the attorney general, because his plane had been scheduled to leave before hers arrived.

Clinton and Lynch Weren't Talking Grandkids and Golf.  The Lynch-Clinton airplane chat is now an exploding story of national impact, and deservedly so.  Bill Clinton's involvement is a sensational hook even the intentionally reluctant mainstream media cannot resist.  Let's praise the local Phoenix journalists who reported it on June 29, in particular ABC-15 reporter Christopher Sign.  The ABC-15 report notes, in clear, unadorned, direct, un-spun language:  "The private meeting comes as Lynch's office is in charge of the ongoing investigation and potential charges involving Clinton's email server."  Unfortunately I've noticed some of the big media suspects continue to employ the language of reluctance and discretion.

Snakes On A Plane:  Clinton Lynch Meeting — AG Lynch Tries To Clear Up Her Mess.  [Scroll down]  Lynch, a political appointee, will not recuse herself because that would mean she would be cut out of the loop, and the information to the Clinton camp — via the White House — would go dark.  President Obama and Hillary Clinton would lose their source to give them information on how the investigation is going.  They would lose the advance notice.  They would lose any control over what would be coming toward them.  That's the problem.  That's why Loretta Lynch will not recuse herself.

Why Did Bill Clinton And Loretta Lynch Meet On Her Airplane In Phoenix This Week?  Attorney General Loretta Lynch met with former President Bill Clinton for a half-hour on her government airplane at the Phoenix airport on Tuesday, an Arizona news station is reporting.  The unannounced meeting, which comes as Lynch's Justice Department is investigating the handling of classified information on Hillary Clinton's private email server, came to light only when Phoenix's ABC15 TV station asked Lynch about it during a press conference.  The Obama appointee told the TV station that she and Clinton did not discuss the investigation or any other government business.  Instead, she says they talked about Clinton's grandchildren and golf.

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In my opinion, it would require astonishing gullibility to believe Ms. Lynch's cover story.  If she and Bill Clinton were chatting about various innocuous and inconsequential subjects, as Ms. Lynch claims, they could have had the conversation in the airport terminal or a hotel lobby.  Instead, the meeting took place in her airplane, which served as an ad hoc Cone of Silence.  Some have speculated that Mr. Clinton was plea bargaining on behalf of his wife, who is being investigated by the FBI.  Personally, I suspect he was recalling a few stories about some old associates from the past; for example, Gandy Baugh, Bill Shelton, Jerry Parks, Ron Brown, and Vince Foster.  In other words, I suspect he was making an offer she couldn't easily refuse.

US Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Bill Clinton meet privately in Phoenix before Benghazi report.  Amid an ongoing investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of email and hours before the public release of the Benghazi report, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch met privately with former President Bill Clinton.  The private meeting took place on the west side of Sky Harbor International Airport on board a parked private plane.  Former President Clinton was visiting the Phoenix area and arrived to Sky Harbor Monday evening to depart.  Sources tell ABC15 Clinton was notified Lynch would be arriving at the airport soon and waited for her arrival.

Even Democrats say Loretta Lynch should have steered clear of Bill Clinton after she admits to secret meeting aboard a plane.  The White House admitted today that questions about Attorney General Loretta Lynch's impromptu meeting with Bill Clinton on a plane in Phoenix are 'entirely legitimate.'  However, the president's top spokesman said Lynch's 30-year career as a prosecutor 'should give people confidence' she's committed to the fair administration of justice.  'Both the President and the Attorney General understand how important it is for the Department of Justice to conduct investigations that are free of political interference,' said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.

'Morning Joe' Panel Rails Against Clinton, Lynch For Their Private Meeting.  On MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Thursday [6/30/2016], the panel lambasted former President Bill Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch for their private meeting together while Hillary Clinton is under FBI investigation.  Last Tuesday, Clinton met for half an hour on Lynch's government air plane in Phoenix. [...] Brzezinski expressed doubt about Lynch's claim that the conversation was "primarily social."

Top Senate Dems defend Lynch-Clinton meeting.  Two of the Senate's top Democrats are defending a private meeting between Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton this week.  "She's an honorable person.  We know that," Sen.  Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), expected to be the next Senate Democratic leader, told reporters on Thursday.  "She has said nothing was discussed related to the investigation so you have two choices:  To say this didn't matter or she's lying.  I think it didn't matter.  I don't think she's lying."

CBS Dismisses 'Innocent' Meeting Between AG Lynch and Bill Clinton.  While credit goes to Thursday's CBS This Morning for leading the broadcast with the controversy swirling around Bill Clinton having a 30-minute private meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch amid the FBI investigation to Hillary Clinton's e-mail scandal, the hosts of the morning show proceeded to dismiss the suspicious incident as an "innocent" encounter.  Turning to Bloomberg Politics editor John Heilemann, co-host Charlie Rose downplayed: "...the former President and a meeting with Loretta Lynch which seems on the face of it, simply to be an innocent meeting of two politician saying hello.  But — "Heilemann replied:  "Yes.  Just not just smart, right?  Not a smart thing to do.  You know?  The case she is still being investigated by the FBI.  The Justice Department has jurisdiction over that case."

Renewed Calls for Independent Prosecutor Following Loretta Lynch-Bill Clinton Private Meeting.  There are renewed calls on Thursday for an independent prosecutor to take over the Hillary Clinton email investigation, which now falls under President Obama's Justice Department.  Sen.  John Cornyn (R-Texas) is among those making such a call, after Attorney General Loretta Lynch confirmed she met privately with former President Bill Clinton at an Arizona airport on Tuesday.  Clinton's wife Hillary is running for president and has been endorsed by Lynch's boss, President Obama.  The FBI, part of the Justice Department, is investigating Mrs.  Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state, amid concerns that she mishandled classified information, and it's up to Lynch to sign off on that investigation.

Bill Clinton Up to No Good Visiting Attorney General Loretta Lynch.  Whenever Bill Clinton gets on a plane to meet a woman, he's usually up to no good.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch said her impromptu tarmac summit at Phoenix Sky Harbor was a purely social affair.  Golf and grandchildren were on the agenda, she said — and not how a home-brew server crammed with classified information ended up in Bill's basement.  However, the attorney general normally doesn't meet with family members of a target in an active FBI criminal investigation.  Hillary is just that — a target in an FBI criminal investigation.  But you'd never know that listening to Attorney General Lynch.  She borrowed the narrative of the Hillary campaign when she described the FBI criminal investigation as a "security inquiry."

IRS Scandal:  No End To Lois Lerner's Lawlessness.  It's now apparent, if it wasn't before, that the Internal Revenue Service — which was created solely to collect revenues due the government, not to persecute the administration's political enemies — has become a kind of rogue agency.  Its chief, John Koskinen, is being threatened with impeachment for not telling the truth in testimony before Congress.  But Lerner, more than even Koskinen, has become a symbol of IRS arrogance and illegality.  As Eliana Johnson of the National Review reported this week, Lerner transmitted some 1.25 million pages of tax returns of mostly Tea Party and conservative groups to the Justice Department in October 2010.  In Johnson's words, this was "likely the largest unauthorized disclosure of tax-return information in history."

Gross appearance of impropriety in AG Lynch private meeting with Bill Clinton.  What do you call an Attorney General who meets privately with the husband of a person under FBI investigation, and only discloses it when asked?  Loretta Lynch.  This is the last straw for me, when it comes to Lynch.  I opposed my former law school classmate's nomination because her congressional testimony indicated she would be too political.  Events have confirmed my fears, from suggestions that "hate speech" might be prosecutable, to the threat to sue people who disagree with the administration on climate change, her political grandstanding on the North Carolina bathroom law, to the attempt to edit out references to Islam and ISIS from the 911 transcript of the Orlando terrorist.  None of that is quite as outrageous as the news today that Lynch met privately with Bill Clinton at the Phoenix airport for 30 minutes, a meeting that was revealed only when a local news crew asked her about it at a press conference.

Loretta Lynch Privately Meets With Bill Clinton Aboard Personal Plane.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch met privately with former president Bill Clinton on a private plane parked on the tarmac of Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport Tuesday [6/28/2016].  A source tipped off local Phoenix affiliate ABC15 to the meeting.  Clinton was reportedly notified that Lynch would be landing in Phoenix soon and waited in order to meet her.  The entire meeting lasted about 30 minutes.  When ABC15 asked Lynch about the meeting Tuesday afternoon during a press conference later in the day, she confirmed that it had happened.  "Our conversation was a great deal about grandchildren, it was primarily social about our travels and he mentioned golf he played in Phoenix," she told the reporter.

Lynch takes bipartisan heat for private meeting with Bill Clinton.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch took bipartisan heat Thursday after it was revealed she held a meeting earlier this week with former President Bill Clinton, amid the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's email use as secretary of state.  Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, in an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity airing at 10 p.m.  ET on Thursday [6/30/2016], said he was "flabbergasted" by the meeting.

Trump: Bill Clinton 'opened up a Pandora's box' with Lynch meeting.  Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump argued Friday that former President Bill Clinton "opened up a Pandora's box" by meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch earlier in the week in Phoenix.  Trump, who was speaking at the Western Conservatives Summit in Denver, openly wondered to attendees if the former president and Lynch were really discussing golf and grandchildren, as Lynch suggested.  The real estate tycoon also mockingly said that it was "just a coincidence" that the two were at the same airport at the same time, adding that he thought it was a joke when the news broke initially.

Lynch: 'I have not seen' Ferguson effect.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Friday that she hasn't seen evidence that police around the country are less likely to do their jobs and confront possible law-breakers over fears that they might be charged with police brutality.  Earlier this year, FBI Director James Comey said he believed there is a "Ferguson effect" hitting police, named after the unrest that happened in 2014 when a Missouri cop shot and killed a black teenager, Michael Brown.  Lynch didn't dismiss that claim, but said she has not seen anything resembling that in her experience.

A Suspicious Meeting in Phoenix Probably Means FBI Charges against Clinton.  When Loretta Lynch opens her mouth to speak on a public policy issue, she, like her boss the president, is not likely to be telling the truth.  So we can pretty confidently presume that something else topped the agenda, to wit:  a forthcoming referral of criminal charges against Bill's wife in the ongoing email scandal.  Meeting Clinton coincidentally or otherwise was risky a risky and ill-advised thing for Lynch to do unless she — and likely Obama — thought it absolutely necessary.  Lynch is a political hack but not a fool.  Merely meeting privately with the former president when she is presumably impartially overseeing the criminal investigation of his wife stinks to high heaven, and compromises her sufficiently that there are already calls for her to recuse herself from the matter.

How much longer will Lynch downplay Hillary's emails?  Attorney General Loretta Lynch said her impromptu tarmac summit at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport was a purely social affair.  Golf and grandchildren were on the agenda, she said — and not how a home-brew server crammed with classified information ended up in Bill Clinton's basement.  However, the attorney general normally doesn't meet with family members of a target in an active FBI criminal investigation.  Hillary is just that — a target in an FBI criminal investigation.  But you'd never know that, listening to Lynch.  She borrowed the narrative of the Hillary campaign when she described the FBI criminal investigation as a "security inquiry."

Is This Why Hillary Clinton Is Trusted By So Few Americans?  I'm willing to bet one of Bill Clinton's speaking fees that he is absolutely sure there was nothing untoward about his half-hour meeting on a private jet with Attorney General Loretta Lynch.  C'mon, she's an old colleague!  We talked about grandchildren!  We talked about golf!  We talked about travel!  I'd bet almost as much — say, Chelsea's speaking fee — that this is more or less what transpired.  And that's the problem; not just with this incident, but with a decades-long pattern of behavior by both Bill and Hillary Clinton that goes a long way toward explaining why a hefty majority of Americans do not regard the likely next president of the United States as honest or trustworthy.  It really does appear that both Clintons regard themselves as so removed from the grubby motives that tempt lesser mortals that they are to be judged by a wholly different set of standards.

J. Christian Adams on Rush Limbaugh: 'Loretta Lynch 'Recusing' Herself Benefits Hillary!  PJ Media Legal Editor J. Christian Adams — the Department of Justice attorney-turned-whistleblower — is leading off today's Rush Limbaugh show to discuss the media circus surrounding Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton's meeting on an airport tarmac.  [Audio clip]

Bret Baier:  FBI Agents Are 'Livid' About Private Clinton/Lynch Meeting.  Fox News' Bret Baier reported Friday, citing a "well-placed source in the FBI," that FBI agents are "livid" about the private meeting between Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former president Bill Clinton.  "Not just because of the optics and the bad appearance," Baier explained, "but also because Bill Clinton is a potential target, a potential witness intricately involved in the second part of the investigation, and that is the corruption investigation into the possible mishandling, misdealings with the Clinton Foundation."

Lynch: 'I fully expect' to accept FBI's recommendations in Clinton email case.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Friday that she has every intention of accepting an FBI recommendation to indict Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email system while she served as secretary of state, if that's the recommendation that is presented to her by the FBI.  "I fully expect to accept their recommendations," she said Friday in a public interview.  "I will be accepting their recommendations."

Exclusive: Was Bill Clinton Plea Bargaining With The Attorney General?  When Bill Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch met privately Monday in her jet in Phoenix, Arizona, some speculate he may have been pleading for his wife who is under investigation by the FBI and the Department of Justice.  But the former president may also have been pleading for himself, according to a former federal prosecutor.  While political observers are focused on former Secretary of State and all-but-certain Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, her husband also has been a principal player behind the scenes at the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation.

Reporter: FBI ordered 'no photos, no pictures, no cell phones' during Clinton/Lynch meeting.  [Scroll down]  First of all, it isn't the FBI's job to tell journalists or private citizens they can't take photographs of a former president and the Attorney General.  What were the agents going to do, arrest people for taking a picture or video?  Also, if there was nothing wrong with the meeting and it was totally innocent, why were federal agents instructed to demand no one take a picture?  Finally, let's stop focusing on the fact that this meeting was inappropriate because Clinton's wife is under investigation by Lynch's Justice Department.  I mean, that's bad, but it's actually letting Lynch and Clinton off the hook a bit.  By focusing on the appearance of conflict because Hillary Clinton is being investigated, we are willfully overlooking the very real conflict in the fact that Clinton himself is under investigation, as the Grand Poo-bah at the Clinton Foundation.

Attorney general meets with former president Clinton amid politically charged investigation into his wife's email.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch met with former president Bill Clinton at the airport in Phoenix this week — an encounter that she described as "primarily social," but one that drew instant attention because of the Justice Department's ongoing investigation into the email practices of his wife, Hillary Clinton, while she was secretary of state.  Lynch publicly confirmed the meeting, first reported by ABC15 and others, saying it occurred at the airport where she had just landed for a stop on her nationwide tour of law enforcement agencies.  She said that she, her husband and the former president discussed their travels, the former president's grandchildren and the golf he had played in Arizona.  They also discussed the Brexit and former attorney general Janet Reno, the attorney general said.  "No discussions were held on any cases or anything of that," Lynch said, "and he didn't raise anything about that either."

Judicial Watch Asks Justice Inspector General to Investigate Loretta Lynch-Bill Clinton Meeting.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch met privately with former President William J. Clinton on board a parked private plane on the west side of Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Arizona on June 29, 2016, according to multiple press reports.  President Clinton is the spouse of Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former Secretary of State, who is purportedly the subject of a national security crime investigation pertaining to the mishandling of national defense information processed by Mrs.  Clinton's personal server during her tenure as secretary.  Additionally, there are press reports that a federal public corruption investigation is on-going concerning conflicts of interest and abuse of official government office involving the financial "commitments" to the Clinton Foundation, speaking fees for President Clinton and former Secretary Clinton's official acts.  President Clinton may be a target of that investigation.  Attorney General Lynch's meeting with President Clinton creates the appearance of a violation of law, ethical standards and good judgment.  Attorney General Lynch's decision to breach the well-defined ethical standards of the Department of Justice and the American legal profession is an outrageous abuse of the public's trust.  Her conduct and statements undermine confidence in her ability to objectively investigate and prosecute possible violations of law associated with President Clinton and Secretary Clinton.  This incident undermines the public's faith in the fair administration of justice.  Simply stated, Attorney General Lynch's June 29, 2016 meeting with former President Clinton creates the broad public impression that "the fix is in."

Clinton And Lynch's Secret Meeting Illustrates Need For Special Prosecutor.  Hillary Clinton is currently under a criminal investigation by the FBI.  The FBI reports to the Department of Justice run by Attorney General Loretta Lynch.  Knowing these facts, you'd expect that Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton would avoid meeting secretly aboard private jets.  Yet that's exactly what happened in Phoenix this week. [...] The meeting lasted "around 30 minutes," yet Lynch expects the American people to believe that Hillary Clinton's criminal investigation never came up.

So What Will Lynch Get?  What did Bill Clinton promise Loretta Lynch during their tete-a-tete on her plane as it sat on the tarmac in Phoenix, Arizona?  Did they restrict their conversation to their grandchildren, travel and golf as she claims?"  Or did Clinton, by body language or something stronger, indicate that a President Hillary Clinton might want to keep Lynch on as attorney general or possibly put her on the Supreme Court?  Even a warm handshake and words of praise for her work from the husband of a possible president become important to a sitting Cabinet officer with five months to go in her term.

Bill Clinton up to his old tricks in meeting with Loretta Lynch.  It looks like Bill Clinton wanted to be quiet, subtle and ambiguous, like the Clintons were years ago when he was president.  And it is the way they will conduct their business should Hillary command the White House, with Bill at her side as first laddie of the United States.  They're sidewinders, these two.  So the other day Bill Clinton learned that Lynch was at the airport in Phoenix.  Bill walked onto her private plane to chat with her privately for about a half an hour.  Lynch later said they didn't discuss the investigation of Hillary:  "Our conversation was a great deal about grandchildren, it was primarily social about our travels and he mentioned golf he played in Phoenix."  Note the operative word:  Primarily.  You could drive a fleet of dump trucks through "primarily."

Lynch regrets tarmac meetup with Bill Clinton, vows to follow FBI recommendation on email probe.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Friday [7/1/2016] she will fully accept the recommendations of an FBI-led investigation into whether to bring charges against Hillary Clinton and her use of a private email sever while she was secretary of state.  ["]I don't have a role in these findings," Lynch said at a summit in Colorado.  "They are acting independently."  Lynch acknowledged an impromptu meeting with former President Bill Clinton earlier this week "cast a shadow" on public perception of the email investigation into his wife.  "I certainly won't do it again," Lynch said.  "It has cast a shadow over this."

Benghazi lies were just standard procedure under Obama.  [Scroll down]  On the day following Orlando, the president himself said we had yet to discern "the precise motivations of the killer," even though everyone knew by that point he had called 911 to swear his allegiance to ISIS while he was killing people.  Two weeks after the Orlando shooting — two weeks — Attorney General Loretta Lynch said, "I cannot tell you definitively that we will ever narrow it down to one motivation.  We will look at all motivations."  With Benghazi, as with Orlando, the reason for these evasions is to make mystery and ambiguity a part of the narrative in order to buy the White House and the administration time and space — the time to control the story and the space to impress upon its supporters the impracticality and uselessness of responding to these acts of war.

Loretta Lynch Should Resign.  What's the best way to fight terrorism?  If you're Attorney General Loretta Lynch, the correct answer is "love."  So it's official:  Americans should abandon any pretense that we're being protected by our government from the terrorists who would murder us.  No, we're not making this up.  Speaking recently about the June 12 attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., by a radical Islamist, Lynch said the motive "may never be known."  "May never be known"?  Omar Mateen, who cold-bloodedly and systematically slaughtered 50 people in the nightclub, pledged allegiance to the Islamic State as he gunned down gay men and lesbians, the 911 transcripts show.  Nor was that his first indication of terrorist leanings.

Even al Qaeda Knows Loretta Lynch Is a Dope.  It is frustrating to jihadists when dopey American officials try to deflect attention from Islam by discounting jihadist attacks as "hate crimes." [...] They probably think that if they make it blindingly obvious, the Obama administration will recognize terrorist attacks as jihad.  Heh.  They don't know Barack like we do.  His obtuseness — or rather, his commitment to a failed ideology — runs deeper than they imagine.  al Qaeda offers another suggestion that actually makes sense.  They described the Orlando massacre as "one of the most successful Lone Jihad operations."  I like that:  not lone wolf, but Lone Jihad.  We should remember it, next time.

Is Attorney General Lynch participating in 'Summer of Chaos?'.  Private Twitter exchanges obtained from #BlackLivesMatter leader DeRay McKesson's hacked phone seem to indicate that Attorney General Loretta Lynch is at least passively participating in the upcoming "Summer of Chaos" aimed at shutting down both the Republican and Democrat National Conventions in July.  By shutting down conventions and creating chaos into November, #BlackLivesMatter activists want to so disrupt the process that President Barack Obama has an excuse to implement martial law and cancel the election.

AG Lynch Displays Deceptive Behavior In Response to Questions About Orlando Shooter.  [Scroll down]  That said, the real story here has nothing to do with how concerned Lynch might or should be about any mistakes that have been made.  The real story is the massive threat that looms larger every day, and the overwhelming challenge that law enforcement authorities confront in forecasting, identifying, and monitoring terrorist activity.  It is an unenviable task, requiring a balance between civil rights and national security that invariably leaves people on both sides of the issue fuming with discontent.  While we strongly believe that a behavioral analysis such as the one we've presented here is essential in providing a fuller understanding of the commentary of our public officials, we are the first to acknowledge the ease of being a Monday morning quarterback after a Sunday morning talk show.  The exponentially more difficult task is the one faced by law enforcement authorities who are charged with spotting the next Mateen before he carries out an equally heinous act.

Do Loretta Lynch's Ties with 'Muslim Advocates' Org Explain Her Whitewash of Orlando?  Top Justice Department officials, including Attorney General Loretta Lynch, have worked with an organization dedicated to interfering with law enforcement efforts to monitor activities at the most radical mosques.  Lynch and DOJ Civil Rights Division head Vanita Gupta have appeared at gala events for an organization called Muslim Advocates.  The George Soros-funded charity has badgered the New York City Police Department away from monitoring the most radical mosques in the city.

Deep thoughts with Loretta Lynch.  We do not ascribe anything President Obama says to stupidity.  Ignorance, occasionally.  His ignorance of history is easily demonstrable, and it runs wide and deep.  However, I wonder about Attorney General Loretta Lynch (as I wondered about her predecessor, Eric Holder).  The Orlando massacre has put her public musings front and center and they do not flatter her.  In Orlando on Tuesday [6/21/2016] she said:  "To the LGBT community — we stand with you."  Okay so far, but then she had to add this deep thought derived from the COEXIST bumper sticker:  "The good in this world far outweighs the evil.  Our common humanity transcends our differences, and our most effective response to terror is compassion, it's unity and it's love."

Loretta Lynch:  So We Sort of Lost Track of the Orlando Terrorist's Likely-Accomplice Wife.  It looks a lot like incompetence, but it might just be tha they're performing well for their actual employeers.

Unbelievable! AG Lynch admits she has lost track of Orlando shooter's wife.  The mind boggles, as during her press conference in Orlando, Attorney General Loretta Lynch casually admitted that she has no idea of the location of the wife of the Orlando shooter — who may well have been aware of his attack and provided material support for it.

Who Ordered Absurd Scrubbing of Orlando Transcript and Why?  After scrubbing references to Islam and ISIS from transcripts of Omar Mateen's calls, the Injustice Department was compelled by public ridicule to release the full transcripts.  Hot Air sums up the obvious motive for this ham-fisted attempt to rewrite the historical record:  ["]The company line was established early on: play down the terrorism aspect of what was an obvious terrorist attack and make it about gun control, homophobia or racism against Hispanics.["]  The problem is, everyone already knew that Mateen referenced Allah, the Islamic State, and self-proclaimed Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi during the Orlando terror attack.  What is the point of trying to hide what we have already seen?

Loretta Lynch:  White guilt forever; Muslim guilt never.  The news is full of reports of that Attorney General Loretta Lynch has ordered that the term "ISIS" be redacted from the DOJ's reports of the statements made by Omar Mateen.  Though Mateen explicitly dedicated his monstrous mass murder to ISIS, Attorney General Lynch said she would not "proclaim" the group by name.  It is a wretched development that the attorney general has sunk to insulting the American people with Pravda talking points.  Nobody seems to understand the fundamental reason for her obfuscation.  It is wrongfully attributed to the fact that the administration does not want to take on ISIS in a meaningful way.  This president will never fight Islamic terrorism in a meaningful way.  But it is not so much because he actively supports Islamic terrorism — although he well may.  Rather, he prefers to destroy the sovereignty and standing of America without the bother of crazed Muslims bombing, slicing, or shooting Americans.  He would prefer to continue quietly importing hundreds of thousands of non-white people from countries with virtually no traditions of political freedom without the distraction of Islamic monstrosities popping up all over.  The heart and soul of Obama's worldview, and of the worldview of both black attorneys general he has appointed, are that all hate stems from white racism, and therefore all terrorism is ultimately caused by white racism.

Lynch: Best Response to Terrorism Is Love and Compassion.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch said that love and compassion are the best responses to terrorism during remarks to the media in Orlando, Florida on Tuesday [6/21/2016].  Lynch said the Department of Justice stood in solidarity with the LGBT community "in the light" following a Muslim terrorist's massacre of 49 people at a gay nightclub last week.  "We stand with you to say that the good in this world far outweighs the evil, that our common humanity transcends our differences, and that our most effective response to terror and to hatred is compassion, it's unity, and it's love," Lynch said. "

Loretta Lynch:  We May Never Know Why That Islamic Terrorist Killed All Those People.  When Omar Mateen said, "I did it for ISIS," what did he really mean?  We may never know. [...] How could we ever know his real motive?  Just because Mateen explained exactly why he did it to anybody who'd listen, that doesn't mean it's really why he did it.

White House Feigns Ignorance About Terror Transcript Edits.  Why is the Obama administration hiding the truth about the terrorist 9-1-1 phone calls?  The White House feigned ignorance that President Barack Obama had anything to do with the redaction of the transcripts.  "The decision about the release of the transcripts is one that was made solely by Department of Justice and FBI officials," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said to reporters during the daily press briefing.  He insisted that Obama had no role in the decision to redact the text of the text to distract from the motives of the attacks.

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Raise your hand if you believe Josh Earnest.  Yep, that's what I thought.

FBI Omitted ISIS From Orlando 911 Transcript, Caves, Releases Unredacted Version.  The FBI kept in Omar Mateen's pledge to the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) in the 911 transcript, but omitted the terrorist group's name. [...] Three conversations occurred between the Orlando Police Department (OPD)'s Crisis Negotiation Team and Mateen.  The FBI released summaries of these talks without the transcripts.  But the department also omitted ISIS from the summaries.

Obama's AG changes Orlando terrorist's 911 call transcript from "Allah" to "God".  So what's the most important thing on Lynch's mind?  Stopping the next attack?  Hardening soft-targets like Jewish synagogues, other gay nightclubs, stepping up surveillance of the 1,000 ISIS agents that the FBI says they're currently tracking in America?  Nope.  She says Muslims are the ones who need protection.  That's odd.  From whom?  From gay terrorists?  Jewish terrorists?  In fact, Lynch and Obama are going to protect all Muslims — including Muslim terrorists.

Aid And Comfort.  Lynch's mealy-mouthed rationale — not furthering Mateen's "propaganda" — won't fool anyone.  The Administration doesn't want anyone to hear Islamic terrorist Mateen pledging allegiance to ISIS.  Inasmuch as it's already generally well known that he did so, why bother to suppress that part of the transcript?  If the reason isn't pressure from Islamic mouthpiece groups, what could it possibly be?  Mind you, ISIS has already declared itself our enemy.  That, too, is generally well known.  However, Constitutional language doesn't recognize an entity as an enemy of the United States unless Congress has declared war upon it — and one thing you may be certain will not occur, under the Obama Administration or any successor, is a declaration of war against ISIS.  Among other things, that would grant implicit statehood to ISIS, which Obama has said "is not Islamic, and is not a state."

What Was Scrubbing Mentions of ISIS from the Orlando 911 Transcript Supposed to Accomplish?  It's almost like they think we're idiots.  On Monday [6/20/2016], the Department of Justice released a (very) partial transcript of Omar Mateen's call to 911 during his attack in Orlando. [...] The transcript notes:  "In these calls, the shooter, who identified himself as an Islamic soldier, told the crisis negotiator that he was the person who pledged his allegiance to [omitted]."  [...] Transparency, indeed!  The one thing that has been transparent, over the course of this entire mindless episode, is that we are governed by contemptuous morons.  The calculated judgment of this administration was to censor information, to concoct fantastical explanations about why it was censoring the information — then, when it was forced to backtrack, to provide further ludicrous rationales for why it was backtracking.  The administration was so determined to forward its preferred narrative about Orlando — and so confident that it would succeed — that it perpetrated, and announced in advance that it would be perpetrating, an obvious fraud on the country.

President Obama's altered reality.  In his actual words, Mateen told negotiators:  "Praise be to Allah, and prayers as well as peace be upon the prophet of Allah.  I let you know, I'm in Orlando and I did the shootings."  The words were spoken in Arabic.  The transcript, as rewritten by the Obama administration, was sanitized:  "Praise be to God, and prayers as well as peace be upon the prophet of God.  I let you know, I'm in Orlando and I did the shootings."  The rewritten version further deleted the words "Islamic State" and the name of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, to whom Mateen said he pledged allegiance.  Ms.  Lynch later reversed course and released an uncensored version. [...] The rewritten transcript is of a piece with the president's stubborn refusal to call the radical Islamic threat by its real name.  He thinks this is the way to make the terrorists go away.

Obama-Lynch switches Allah with God in Mateen transcript release.  Allah not God is what Omar Mateen spewed during his phone call with police.  Yet the corrupt Obama-Lynch regime has released the partial transcripts of Omar Mateen phone calls to police during his terrorist attack on the Pulse Night Club in Orlando.

Orlando Jihadi 9/11 Phone Call Transcripts:  "In the name of Allah the Merciful, the beneficial [in Arabic]".  The Department of Justice redacted Islam and ISIS from the Orlando jihadi's transcript.  But even so, it is riddled with Islam.  It reads like a Muslim prayer session.  In other words, it is all he spoke of.  His very first words are the Bismillah ("In the name of Allah"), the Islamic prayer.  It's what terror-tied CAIR chants in every press conference and press release. [...] So they knew.  They knew right away and they have been deceiving the American people ever since, protecting and defending the ideology they calls for our destruction.

[Redacted] Is a Religion of Peace.  The Obama administration and the liberal media have decided that when a radical Islamic terrorist kills Americans, the one thing the narrative cannot be about is radical Islamic terrorism.  It's OK to talk about the Orlando massacre in terms of homophobia, gun control or "toxic masculinity," but don't you dare mention Islam.  Don't mention that Omar Mateen was a registered Democrat, or that he's the son of an immigrant from Afghanistan or that his father supports the Taliban.

The Editing of Orlando Shooter's Calls- What else does it mean?  Loretta Lynch says that the DOJ scrubbed references to radical Islam from Omar Mateen's calls during the Orlando shooting before releasing them on Monday.  She appeared on several morning shows on Sunday to tell us all that they didn't want any religious references in the tapes.  In short, they are doing exactly what the Muslim Brotherhood wants them to do.  They are siding directly with the terrorist and his belief structure by refusing to allow the truth to be revealed. [...] The Obama administration is deeply infiltrated by radical Muslims from the top down.  They want the Orlando shooting to be a "gun control" issue and about "hate crimes" not about the Islamic ideology of violence, subjugation, and domination.

Justice Dept. reverses course on redacting transcript of Orlando gunman.  In the midst of a tense standoff with police, Orlando nightclub gunman Omar Mateen calmly claimed credit for the massacre and identified himself as an "Islamic soldier'' while calling on U.S. authorities to stop the bombing in Iraq and Syria, according to partial transcripts of the attacker's telephone contacts with dispatchers and crisis negotiators released on Monday [6/20/2016].  "Praise be to God, and prayers as well as peace be upon the prophet of God,'' Mateen told a 911 dispatcher in Arabic just after 2:30 a.m., June 12. "I am in Orlando, and I did the shootings."  Mateen provided his full name during the 50-second call and then went on to pledge allegiance to the Islamic State and its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.  Justice Department officials initially redacted the reference to the terror group and its leader when the exchange was released Monday but abruptly changed course following a wave of criticism from Republican leaders.

As FBI reverses itself on Orlando shooting transcript, government censorship is more pervasive.  The public owns information collected by the federal government, with few exceptions.  Under Freedom of Information law, as well as a directive issued by President Obama when he was first elected, federal agencies are to err on the side of disclosure and only withhold in limited instances when there are extremely compelling reasons to do so as delineated by law.  Unfortunately, multiple studies and investigations indicate misuse of this discretion is becoming more widespread.  "Sensitivity of victims" has been a more frequently-cited justification for withholding publicly-owned information in recent years. [...] Families of victims told me that government officials sometimes seemed bent on protecting the interests of the accused illegal immigrants or officials whose policies had allowed the crimes, rather than the interests of the victims and the American public.  They said this often involved officials withholding public information about the suspects and their immigration status, even after their conviction.

DOJ to scrub Islam references from transcripts of Orlando terrorist's calls to police.  The Department of Justice is scrubbing references of radical Islamic beliefs from the transcripts of calls Orlando terrorist Omar Mateen made to police during his massacre, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Sunday [6/19/2016].  A partial transcript of the conversations between authorities and Mateen, who killed 49 and wounded 53 in the June 12 attack at a Florida gay nightclub, is set to be released on Monday.  But Lynch, who appeared on numerous Sunday talk shows, said the transcripts will not include Mateen's oath of loyalty to ISIS or any other religious justification for the attack.

White House blames Justice for redacting 'radical Islam' from Orlando shooter transcript.  The White House on Monday blamed the Justice Department for the decision to redact references to radical Islamic terrorists from transcripts of the Orlando shooter's telephone conversations with police.  The White House did not provide guidance to the Justice Department or participate in the censorship of the transcripts, which were released earlier in the day, said press secretary Josh Earnest.  "All of the decisions about releasing the transcripts were made by Justice Department officials," he said at the daily press briefing at the White House.

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The door to the Memory Hole doesn't open that wide.

Loretta Lynch:  Islam's Finest PR Agent?  Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced Sunday that the FBI would release transcripts of 911 calls that Orlando jihad mass murderer Omar Mateen made during his massacre.  Lynch said that the transcript would include:  ["] ... the killer's calls with law enforcement, from inside the club.  These are the calls with the Orlando PD negotiating team, who he was, where he was.["]  However, said Lynch, there would be one significant omission:  ["]What we're not going to do is further proclaim this man's pledges of allegiance to terrorist groups, and further his propaganda.  We are not going to hear him make his assertions of allegiance [to ISIS].["]  Unaware of irony, Lynch added:  ["]We're trying to get as much information about this investigation out as possible.["]

Apparently Loretta Lynch is an expert on Islam.  Wow.  Not only did Obama's leftist radical pick for attorney general Loretta Lynch targeted Republican Michael Grimm in an investigation,, but she proclaims to be an expert on Islam. [...] Either Loretta Lynch is a Muslim, or a Muslim sympathizer.  Typical of the Obama regime.

Loretta Lynch vows to protect Muslims and take action against 'Anti Muslim Rhetoric'.  Want to know why Loretta Lynch will be scrubbing the Omar Mateen transcripts of any Islam or ISIS references?  Obviously it's because of her and Obama's sympahtizes towards Islamic terror.  You may or may not have seen this charade by Loretta Lynch vowing to protect Muslims and "taking action" against anything she or the Obama regime deemed "Anti Muslim rhetoric".  [Video clip]

Loretta Lynch Stands Boldly with Muslims.  "The Muslim American community is expanding, which is beautiful."  I doubt you would ever hear these words uttered by a Republican governmental official anywhere.  And we definitely know it's not something you will hear from the 2016 GOP presidential candidates.  But those were the very words that United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch told the sold-out crowd on Thursday night at the Muslim Advocates 10th anniversary dinner.

President Obama and Attorney General Loretta Lynch Have a "Terror Truth" Problem.  ... And they need to hide it, big time.  It is not accidental that Loretta Lynch was featured on all five major broadcasts for the Sunday [6/19/2016] news cycle (Topic Orlando Terrorism).  You might well remember the last time a key administration official named Susan Rice met with an almost identical Sunday schedule (Topic Benghazi Terrorism).  General Lynch's Sunday talk visibility is yet another example of the Obama administration's risk management reference manual, The Obfuscation Playbook.  The difference between Rice's 2012 appearance and Lynch's 2016 version is:  this time we know the play.

'I did the shootings': DOJ releases some redacted transcripts of Orlando killer's phone calls during massacre.  House Speaker Paul Ryan called on the Obama administration Monday to "release the full, unredacted transcript" of the Orlando massacre gunman's 911 calls, slamming the Justice Department's censoring of all references to Islam as "preposterous."  The redacted transcripts of Omar Mateen's calls to Orlando Police — made during his assault on the Pulse gay nightclub — included Mateen's claim of responsibility, as well as identifying himself to police as an Islamic soldier.  All other references to ISIS or Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi were scrubbed clean by the Justice Department.

Ryan attacks 'preposterous' decision to redact ISIS from shooter's transcript.  Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) quickly criticized the Justice Department's decision to redact references that the Orlando, Fla., gunman made to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) from a partial transcript released on Monday, framing the decision as misleading the public.  "Selectively editing this transcript is preposterous," Ryan said in a statement on Monday [6/20/2016].  "We know the shooter was a radical Islamist extremist inspired by ISIS. We also know he intentionally targeted the LGBT community," Ryan said.  "The administration should release the full, unredacted transcript so the public is clear-eyed about who did this, and why."

FBI defends editing of Orlando shooting transcript.  The FBI on Monday defended its decision not to include references to the Islamic State in the transcript of Omar Mateen's phone call with authorities last week, when he shot up an gay nightclub in Orlando and killed 49 people and injured 53. [...] The transcripts provided by the FBI show Mateen saying "praise to to God," and saying he acted "in the name of God the merciful." But it redacted any reference to Allah that he might have made, and doesn't say to whom he is pledging allegiance.

FBI, DOJ release new, full transcript of Orlando shooter's 911 call.  Under pressure from Republican leaders, the Justice Department on Monday afternoon [6/20/2016] reversed itself and released a full, uncensored transcript of the Orlando terrorist's 911 call on the night of the massacre, calling the morning's furor over omissions in the document "an unnecessary distraction."  An earlier version of the transcript had deleted the word "Islamic State" and the name of ISIS leader "Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi."

AG Lynch Claims She's Never Discussed Hillary's Email Investigation With Obama.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch claims she's never discussed the investigation into Hillary Clinton's handling of emails as secretary of state with President Obama.  Appearing on "Fox News Sunday," host Chris Wallace asked Lynch if Obama's endorsement of Clinton for president created a conflict of interest, since Lynch was appointed by the President.  "You're a political appointee of the President.  Does that create a conflict of interest for you?" Wallace asked.  "Does it make it harder for you to handle the criminal investigation into Clinton when your boss is saying he thinks she should be president?"  Lynch said she doesn't get involved in the election and that the investigation will be handled in a normal manner.

Why did the White House just humiliate Loretta Lynch?  Idiotic:  That's the only word for the Obama administration's move to scrub references to Islam or ISIS from the transcripts of Orlando terrorist Omar Mateen's calls.  Under an avalanche of ridicule, the Justice Department on Monday relented and released the full transcripts.  But what was the point?  Everyone already knew that he'd pledged allegiance to ISIS and its "caliph."  Fine:  President Obama wants to make this about gun control, not terrorism — but ham-handed editing only calls attention to what you're deleting, and to Obama's peevish rules against uttering terms like "radical Islam."

FBI to release Omar Mateen's exchange with cops from inside club.  The FBI on Monday [6/20/2016] will release a partial transcript of Omar Mateen's negotiations with police from inside the Orlando nightclub where he slaughtered 49 people — but the feds will redact "his pledges" to ISIS, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Sunday.  "I say partial, because we're not going to be, for example, broadcasting his pledges of allegiance.  We are trying not to re-victimize those who went through that horror," Lynch said on ABC's "This Week."  President Obama was roundly criticized last week for failing to refer to Mateen as a radical Islamic terrorist.  Lynch also said Sunday that Mateen — a closeted gay man, according witnesses and men who said he hit on them — made no mention of disdain for homosexuals in his phone conversations with cops while holed up in the Pulse club.

Lynch: "Partial Transcript" Of Orlando 911 Calls Will Have References To Islamic Terrorism Removed.  In an interview with NBC's Chuck Todd, Attorney General Loretta Lynch says that on Monday [6/20/2016], the FBI will release edited transcripts of the 911 calls made by the Orlando nightclub shooter to the police during his rampage.  "What we're not going to do is further proclaim this man's pledges of allegiance to terrorist groups, and further his propaganda," Lynch said.  "We are not going to hear him make his assertions of allegiance [to the Islamic State]."

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And why not?  Because [#1] that would take the steam out of the "senseless gun violence" theme being peddled by the Democrats, and [#2] it would remind everyone that America is under attack by Muslim terrorists.

Lynch mum on suspects, possible arrests in Orlando club massacre.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch declined Sunday to say whether the FBI will charge anybody in connection with the Florida nightclub massacre and expressed support for a proposal from a Republican senator to tighten gun control.  Lynch, the country's top law enforcement official, told "Fox News Sunday" that federal investigators are "in the middle of a very aggressive investigation" that includes "talking to family members."  However, she declined to comment why the wife of shooter Omar Mateen has not been arrested, amid purported evidence that she helped her husband plot the June 12 murders.

DOJ overrules FBI on gun sales debate, says no-fly list can be used for ban.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch overruled FBI Director James B. Comey on Thursday [6/16/2016], saying the Obama administration does support denying firearms sales to those on terrorist watch lists and that it can be done without harming investigations.  Mr. Comey last year had told Congress that denying sales could "blow" his agents' investigations into potential terrorists.  But his superiors at the Justice Department issued a statement Thursday saying they want to see Congress approve the "no-fly, no-buy" plan Democrats are pursuing.

Loretta Lynch's Pro-Muslim Rhetoric Stems from Her Own Ties to a Pro-Terrorist Group.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch recently said that the Department of (IN)Justice would stand with Muslims in the wake of the San Bernardino jihad attacks and stated unequivocally, "When we talk about the First Amendment we [must] make it clear that actions predicated on violent talk are not American.  They are not who we are, they are not what we do, and they will be prosecuted." But beyond the fact that she has engaged in unconstitutional criminal activity, Lynch was also a part of a Jew-hating, Pro-Terrorist Harvard Group.

DOJ asks to keep secret Clinton aide's immunity deal.  Lawyers for the Justice Department are fighting the disclosure of an immunity deal the government reached with Bryan Pagliano, a former technology adviser to Hillary Clinton.  The DOJ lawyers submitted a motion to U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan on Friday [6/10/2016], arguing that such a disclosure could hurt the FBI probe into Clinton's private email server.  The filing argues that the judge can use his "inherent discretion" to keep under wraps the immunity agreement, if the court demands to view it as part of a Freedom of Information Act suit filed by Judicial Watch, a conservative group.

Senators Ready Bill to Stop DOJ From Bankrolling Liberal Groups.  The Senate may take steps to end a Justice Department slush fund that has channeled millions of dollars in banking settlements to outside organizations, including left-wing groups such as La Raza and NeighborWorks America.  Four Republican senators — James Lankford of Oklahoma, Ted Cruz of Texas, and Utah's Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee — said they would introduce legislation Friday [6/10/2016] to prohibit federal settlement agreements that require donations to third parties.  The Justice Department currently allows corporations found guilty of wrongdoing to pay a portion of their financial penalty as a donation to certain preapproved nonprofit groups.

Is the Hillmailgate FIX in?  Josh Earnest came close to a tacit confession that the FIX is in.  On the afternoon of June 9, 2016, Attorney General Loretta Lynch met with President Obama in the White House.  We are unlikely to ever know with certainty the substance of the meeting.  But White House press secretary Josh Earnest gave us some hints. [...] Reading in between Earnest's lines, it sounds as though the president knows that no guilt will be attached to his party's nominee.  In other words, it's a done deal.

WH Denies Endorsement Will Intimidate FBI Investigators; Obama Meets Privately with AG Lynch.  White House press secretary Josh Earnest insisted that President Obama's endorsement of Hillary Clinton will not "sway" the ongoing FBI investigation into Clinton.  The statement came after Obama released a video endorsing Clinton for president of the United States.  Later this afternoon [6/9/2016], according to the White House, Obama is meeting with the attorney general.  The meeting is "closed press."

AG Lynch:  LGBT Pride Led 'To a White House Draped in the Rainbow Flag'.  U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch says the Department of Justice (DOJ) has been part of the "extraordinary movement" of the LGBT community that has led up to "a White House draped in the rainbow flag."  Lynch made the comments Tuesday at a LGBT Pride month event held in the Great Hall of the Justice Department.  "So here and now, in this place, let us celebrate these achievements and express our own pride," Lynch said.

Obama Endorses Hillary, Immediately Meets With Attorney General Loretta Lynch.  Shortly after the endorsement was made, President Obama met with Attorney General Loretta Lynch this afternoon in the Oval Office.  The meeting was closed to the press.  Lynch, of course, will ultimately make the decision as to whether Clinton will be prosecuted should the FBI issue an indictment surrounding her use of a private email server to store and transfer top secret, classified information.  In order for Clinton to carry Obama's torch, she has to stay out of prison.  In order to do that, she has to avoid prosecution.  I'm sure Obama made that very clear to his somewhat new Attorney General.

Judge blocks his own order sending Obama lawyers to ethics class.  Justice Department lawyers and illegal immigrants won a temporary reprieve Tuesday after Judge Andrew S. Hanen blocked his own order sending the lawyers back to remedial ethics classes, and ordering the government to turn over information on tens of thousands of illegal immigrants who were erroneously granted a three-year deportation amnesty.  Judge Hanen said he'll hear new arguments in August, and until then he issued a stay.  He also gave the Justice Department a chance to suggest its own punishment for having repeatedly misled the federal court.

Judge Hanen Holds Hearing Tomorrow — DOJ To Argue Against Sanctions and Court Order.  Texas Judge Andrew Hanen previously sanctioned the DOJ for lying to him several times in his courtroom.

Lawmakers furious at DOJ move that could protect fired VA official.  Lawmakers are fuming over what they describe as a "shameful" decision by the Justice Department that could help the former head of the scandal-scarred Phoenix Veterans Affairs hospital get her job back.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch, in a letter sent Tuesday [5/31/2016], notified House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., that the DOJ would not defend a key provision of the Veteran Affairs reform law, passed in the wake of the scandal over officials covering up long patient wait-times.  The provision in question had helped uphold the expedited firing of the Phoenix official at the heart of the scandal, Sharon Helman.  Now, lawmakers say Lynch's decision could put Helman back on the job, as she pursues a lawsuit against the government.

DOJ Resists Court Order to Provide Ethics Training for Its Lawyers and Wants to Hide the Names of Illegal Aliens Granted Amnesty.  The Justice Department is resisting a judge's order to provide ethics training for its lawyers and is objecting to turning over to the court the names of illegal aliens who were granted what amounts to administrative amnesty ("deferrals") in stark violation of an injunction issued by the court.  On May 19, Judge Andrew Hanen of the of the Southern District of Texas issued an order imposing sanctions on the Justice Department and its lawyers for unethical conduct, which included repeatedly lying to him in court.  U.S. v. Texas is the immigration lawsuit filed by 26 states against the Obama administration over its plan to provide deferrals, work permits, and other government benefits to almost 5 million illegal aliens.  Hanen issued a preliminary injunction in February 2015 preventing implementation of the plan.

DOJ fights federal judge's order for lawyers to attend ethics training.  The Justice Department moved Tuesday [5/31/2016] to fight a federal judge's order that its lawyers undergo mandatory ethics training, digging in after the DOJ was accused of misleading the courts over President Obama's immigration executive actions.  In filings Tuesday [5/31/2016], the department said the order would "far exceed the bounds of appropriate remedies" and would cost the department millions.  U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen, of Texas, had issued the order earlier this month, after alleging DOJ attorneys misled him about the implementation of Obama's executive orders on illegal immigrants.

We Are a Fish, Rotting From the Head.  Worst of all, perhaps, is the way Barack Obama and his Attorneys General, Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch, have corrupted the Department of Justice.  Time after time, federal judges have found that DOJ lawyers have lied to the courts on behalf to the Obama administration's political agenda. [...] Then there is the fact that Barack Obama is a scofflaw.  Repeatedly, he has ignored the Constitution and violated federal law, refusing to enforce the nation's immigration laws, imperiously changing his own Obamacare statute with no legal authority, and so on.  Years later, the courts sometimes catch up with him; the administration has lost a number of 9-0 Supreme Court decisions where its lawbreaking was indisputable.  But more broadly, the Obama administration's campaign of lawbreaking and stonewalling has succeeded.

These Are the Radical DOJ Lawyers Suing North Carolina Over Transgender Bathroom Use.  PJ Media published the Every Single One series in 2011.  The series documented the Obama administration's hiring of radical lawyers to fill the career ranks in the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division.  Every single one of the new attorney hires were radical leftists or partisans.  Since 2011, the situation has only gotten worse.  Much worse.  The Civil Rights Division exercises enormous power over the everyday lives of Americans:  they are involved in employment, education, housing, religious liberty, abortion, prisons, policing, and much, much more.  The radical beliefs of these radical lawyers have turned into radical administration policies.

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Lynch: Justice Dept. to seek death penalty against Dylann Roof.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced Tuesday [5/24/2016] that the Justice Department would seek the death penalty against Charleston church shooting suspect Dylann Roof.  "The nature of the alleged crime and the resulting harm compelled this decision," Lynch said in written statement.  Last July, Lynch announced federal hate crime charges against the then-21-year-old suspect, alleging that Roof sought to ignite racial tensions across the country by targeting Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church because of its local and historical significance.

Abolish the Department of Justice.  The Obama Justice Department has revealed its final descent into naked politics and totalitarian bullying.  Lois Lerner and Hillary Clinton, two transparently guilty criminals whose crimes are compounded by the fact that both are also lawyers, will face no indictments and no prosecution.  The corrupt bosses of the Veterans Administration likewise face no sanction at all despite the manifest criminality of their actions.  Lying under oath to Congress, failing to comply with Freedom of Information Act requests, conspiring to obstruct justice, and many other clear wrongdoings permeate almost every single crevice of the Obama administration, and yet no one who matters has faced any trouble from the Department of Justice.  This is not because the Department of Justice is quiet and subdued.  The attorney general refers to the FBI for possible criminal prosecution of those who question the leftist orthodoxy of man-made global warming and moves almost instantly to litigate the actions of states protecting children in school restrooms.

Judge orders ethics classes for 'deceptive' DOJ attorneys.  A federal judge has ordered annual ethics classes for Justice Department attorneys as a punishment for being "intentionally deceptive" during litigation over President Obama's executive immigration orders.  "Such conduct is certainly not worthy of any department whose name includes the word 'Justice,'" U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen wrote in a withering order released Thursday [5/19/2016].

Stunning Judicial Ruling From Judge Andrew Hanen — Requires "All DOJ Attorneys" Attend Ethics Classes.  I just finished reading the ruling of Texas federal Judge Andrew Hanen directed to the U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and all DOJ Attorneys appearing in any federal court of the 26 states outlined in the State of Texas v U.S. "DAPA" lawsuit.  To say the ruling is both righteous and stunning would be a disservice to the words "Righteous" and "Stunning".  Judge Hanen has ordered all DOJ attorneys appearing in any federal court of the 26 affected states to attend three hour mandatory ethics classes, this year and every year, for a period of five years.  In addition Judge Hanen has given Loretta Lynch 60 days to file a written response outlining what specific corrective action she is personally taking to ensure all DOJ attorneys are truthful and honest.

Obama Creates The Civil Right To Be Mentally Ill.  Two years ago The Wall Street Journal published "Transgender Surgery Isn't the Solution" by Johns Hopkins psychiatrist Paul McHugh.  In one of the most widely read pieces the WSJ ever published, Dr.  McHugh pointed out that the idea of gender as subjective "personal truth" has no basis in science.  What studies have been done on gender preference also suggest that the belief that these choices result in positive psychological outcomes isn't proven — especially for students in grade school.  But science [notwithstanding], U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch has suddenly solved the mysteries of gender confusion — for the whole country.  Students must be allowed to use the facilities of their choice — at any given moment — and if you don't like her decision it's going to cost you — and your local school district.

Can We Restore Local Control of Education?  [Scroll down]  But the Departments of Justice and Education (the Civil Rights Division and the Office for Civil Rights, respectively) issued the directive, not Obama.  The real power behind the Obama administration's recent order on school bathrooms (and much else that this administration has done) is likely to have been the Department of Justice, because the letter frames the new policy as a civil rights issue (sex discrimination) under Title IX.  Which brings us to an important influence this administration has had on the DOJ:  Obama has been conducting his own Gramscian march through that institution.  As J. Christian Adams has been chronicling for quite some time, this administration has been busy transforming the DOJ's Civil Rights Division into a leftist activist group.

Loretta Lynch's abuse of the law.  When Loretta Lynch succeeded Eric Holder as U.S. attorney general a year ago, some harbored the tiniest hope that she wouldn't be quite as radical.  After all, Mr. Holder had done his best to gin up racial resentment, dismiss a clear case of voter intimidation by the New Black Panther Party, attack voter photo ID laws, refuse to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act, threaten a congressman trying to get to the truth of the Fast and Furious Mexican gun-running scandal, and ignore the Internal Revenue Service's mob-like persecution of conservative groups.  Mr. Holder also managed to sidestep or slow down any action regarding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email server, or the massive irregularities of the $2 billion Clinton Foundation, the golden cash cow of open graft by the Clintons and their cronies.

Lynch's Transparent Abuse of the Law.  Last Tuesday, the Justice Department revealed that it won't seek the death penalty for terrorist suspect Abu Khattala if he's convicted of orchestrating the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012 that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens.  This past week, Ms.  Lynch outdid herself, proclaiming that forcing schools and cities to grant transgender males access to girls and women's restrooms and locker rooms is right up there with the noble claims of the black civil rights movement.  Seriously.  So, Ms.  Lynch filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against North Carolina and its Republican governor, Pat McCrory.

Resisting Obama's Transgender Directive:  A Hill to Die On.  [T]he left, without remorse, appoints results-oriented, activist judges, whom they view not as protectors of the Constitution and law but as vehicles to advance its political agenda by any means necessary, including twisting the meaning of constitutional and statutory provisions and often inventing rights out of whole cloth. It's why it doesn't even blink when one of its own usurps legislative authority and issues lawless executive orders in contravention of the people's will, even while knowing he has no constitutional authority to do so.  It's why it deliberately refuses to enforce immigration laws.  It's why it blackmails state governments, through the threat of withholding funds, into doing the will of the federal government.  It's why it privately applauds the use of the IRS to target its political opponents.  And it's why it stacks the Justice Department with radical leftists whose mission to effect changes in policy supersedes its duty of ensuring the fair and impartial administration of justice.

To Obama, transgender lives matter more than black ones.  The U.S. Justice Department and Department of Education, based on a decree from Obama, released a joint letter online to school systems around the nation, threatening them to let transgenders use the bathroom they "identify" with, or face the wrath of the federal government.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch has blasted North Carolina's HB2 law and accused backers of endorsing "state-sponsored discrimination" against transgendered people.  "This is about the dignity and the respect that we accord our fellow citizens," she said.  Lynch also equated the passing of HB2 with states enacting Jim Crow laws to stop civil-rights progress.  She pointed out that just a few decades ago, black people were also barred from using certain bathrooms.  What about the "dignity and respect" of black Americans and the civil rights pioneers who fought for real equality, Mrs. Lynch?

DOJ that donated tens of thousands to Hillary certain to treat her crimes with the utmost of objectivity.  In what appears to be a super-sized potential conflict of interest, Clinton, a pathological, self-serving liar who doesn't mind if Americans die to further her political ambitions, has accepted almost $75,000 in campaign contributions in the current election cycle from employees at the Justice Department, the cabinet bureau that will eventually decide whether to prosecute the Benghazi bungler for her use of a hacker-friendly home-brew email server while top U.S. diplomat.  The server is at the heart of the scandal over Clinton's mishandling of an Islamic terrorist attack in militant-infested Benghazi, Libya on the 11th anniversary of 9/11 that left four Americans, including U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens, dead.  Even now, almost four years after the assault, the Obama administration has failed to provide an autopsy report about Stevens who was initially reported to have been ritualistically sodomized before being murdered by Muslim terrorists.

Obama and Lynch rely on distorted lens of racism.  The economy is gasping, the world shudders in violence, invaders heave across our southern border, and despair is etched on the faces of the American people.  So, in the final year of his reign, what does our great Prophet of Hope and Change give us?  Bathroom liberation. [...] President Obama and his crew of craven, lawless radicals have trivialized everything that is most sacred and cherished in America.  And they have elevated and sanctified all that is trivial and pernicious.

Obama DOJ Will Not Seek Death Penalty For Benghazi Attack Mastermind.  If there was ever a reason for the death penalty, it's this kind of case:  terrorist mass murder, including the murder of an ambassador.  But no.  Apparently this horrific crime doesn't warrant the death penalty.  But maybe that's the Obama gang's point, because if this scumbag doesn't get the death penalty, why should anyone else?  Don't forget — Obama finally decided he couldn't put it off any longer we grabbed this one guy two years after the attack, when many more were obviously involved.  Obama also managed to make sure this freak gets constitutional protections.  Because, you know, be a terrorist and you'll win the lottery of getting all the benefits of American citizenry!

Loretta Lynch:  North Carolina on Her Mind.  The same Obama administration that insists on giving billions to Pakistan after the country harbored the architect of 9/11 seeks to defund North Carolina after its government excluded males from its ladies' rooms.  Some evils demand immediate, unforgiving eradication, and not allowing the sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania, to use the stall next to your pre-teen daughter ranks as just such an offense.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch, in comparing North Carolina's law codifying common sense to Jim Crow, noted of her lawsuit against the Tar Heel State that "we retain the option of curtailing federal funding to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety and the University of North Carolina as this case proceeds."

DOJ's Lawsuit Against North Carolina Is Abuse of Power.  North Carolina has sustained unrelenting and coordinated attacks from big business, the entertainment industry, the American Civil Liberties Union, and now the federal government over its commonsense bathroom policies.  Gov.  Pat McCrory and the North Carolina Legislature have had enough of this bullying and filed separate lawsuits against the Department of Justice Monday in the reasonable expectation that a federal judge will order the ideologues at the Department of Justice to back off.

Lynch: States Can't 'Insist' a Man is a Man and a Woman is a Woman, If Person Feels Otherwise.  The U.S. Justice Department is putting the feelings of transgenders — men who think they are women and women who think they are men — above the privacy rights of the vast majority of people who don't contest the biological facts of who they actually are.  "And what we must not do, what we must never do, is turn on our neighbors, our family members, our fellow Americans for something that they cannot control and deny what makes them human," Attorney General Loretta Lynch said on Monday [5/9/2016].

Hillary Rakes in Nearly $75,000 From Justice Department Employees.  Hillary Clinton has received nearly $75,000 in political contributions from employees at the Department of Justice, the agency that would decide whether or not to act if the FBI recommended charges against Clinton or her aides following its investigation into her private email server.  Justice Department employees have given Clinton far more money than her rivals, Sen.  Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) and Donald Trump, according to a review of federal campaign contributions for the 2016 presidential cycle.  Clinton collected $73,437 from individuals who listed the "Department of Justice" as their employer.  Twelve of the 228 contributions were for $2,700, the maximum individual amount allowed by law.

AG Lynch says she cannot make 'prediction' about timing of Clinton probe.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Monday she could not make any "prediction" about the timing of a final resolution to the Hillary Clinton email investigation.  Asked at a news conference if the clock had run out against taking action against Clinton in light of the advanced election schedule, Lynch replied, "We do all our reviews, investigations of any matter carefully, thoroughly, and efficiently.  And when the matter is ready for resolution, a recommendation will be made and we'll come to a decision at that time and I'm not able to give you a prediction.  Sorry."

U.S. Justice Department Won't Seek Death Penalty Against Benghazi Suspect.  The Justice Department will not seek the death penalty against Ahmed Abu Khattala, the suspected Libyan militant charged in the Benghazi attacks that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, federal officials announced Tuesday 5/10/2016].

Justice Department sues North Carolina over law restricting use of public restrooms by transgender people.  The Justice Department is suing North Carolina over its controversial law banning transgender people from using the bathroom of the gender they identify with.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch condemned the anti-LGBT legislation which she claims amounts to 'state-sponsored discrimination' and is aimed at 'a problem that doesn't exist.' She insisted that the law only serves to 'harm innocent Americans.'  The law states that transgender people must use the bathroom that conforms with the gender on their birth certificate.

DOJ Decides It Won't Call People 'Felons' Or 'Convicts' Because Hurts Their Feelings.  An official with the Department of Justice said the agency will no longer call people "felons" or "convicts" after they are released from prison because it is too hard on them emotionally.  Assistant Attorney General Karol Mason wrote a piece in The Washington Post Wednesday saying "many of the formerly incarcerated men, women, and young people I talk with say that no punishment is harsher than being permanently branded a 'felon' or 'offender.'"

The Obama Justice Department's Insane Attack on North Carolina.  Of all Barack Obama's unforgivable sins, his corruption and politicization of the Department of Justice ranks near the top.  Under Eric Holder and now Loretta Lynch, DOJ has become a lunatic enforcer of far-left fantasies.  The latest instance is DOJ's letter to the Governor of North Carolina, claiming that North Carolina's law requiring that bathrooms, locker rooms and so on be used by those of the proper sex — male or female, based on physical organs — violates the federal civil rights laws.

Lynch: No deadline for Clinton email probe.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch said there's no deadline for concluding the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server, and said setting a deadline would only make the probe less thorough.  "People have to have confidence that we treat every case the same, no matter who's last name is involved, no matter how much publicity it gets," Lynch said in an interview on PBS' "Charlie Rose."

DOJ Claims Revealing FBI Declaration Will Jeopardize Clinton Email Investigation.  Attorneys with the U.S. Department of Justice say they cannot make public a classified FBI declaration because it would "adversely affect the ongoing investigation" into Hillary Clinton's private email server.  The recent filing by DOJ attorneys, obtained by LawNewz.com, is significant because it not only acknowledges the ongoing federal probe, but also asserts that if the declaration is made public, it could "reasonably be expected to interfere with enforcement proceedings."  The DOJ's memorandum is part of a FOIA lawsuit that was originally filed in federal court by Vice News reporter Jason Leopold.  Leopold is seeking Clinton's emails that the DOJ obtained from her private server.  He is also seeking correspondence between the FBI and Clinton referencing the Clinton email server.

Obama's Justice Dept.  Now Calls Young Criminals 'Justice-Involved Youth'.  A press release issued earlier this week describes a new $1.75 million grant program as designed "to help young people involved in the justice system find jobs and housing."  Wait, you ask, if these young people are "involved" in the justice system, doesn't that mean they already have jobs?  Like, say, as a trainee in the dispatcher's office, or a desk clerk in the attorney general's office, or maybe a janitor at the local courthouse?  Not exactly.  In this case, "justice-involved youth" is what we're now supposed to call juvenile delinquents, also known as young criminals.

Obama's Civil Rights Divisions.  For the past seven years and counting the Obama administration has been engaged in a silent war on the rights of the American people at the hands of an organized network of fringe leftist lawyers working within the Civil Rights Divisions of the Department of Justice (DOJ) as well as the Department of Education (DOE).  These lawyers have been unleashed under the administration to push an ideological agenda that is far outside of the American mainstream all under the banner of protecting civil rights.  As noted by J. Christian Adams and Hans A. von Spakovsky of PJ Media, if a president wanted to "fundamentally transform" the nation, he would likely start with the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department because the tentacles of that Division reach into virtually every crevice of American life.  For example, Adams and Spakovsky write that "Federal statutes, under the banner of protecting civil rights, reach home lending, football stadium and theater seating, voting, elections, education, college admissions, apartment rentals, prisons, hiring practices, the use of English, special education programs, religious liberty, abortion clinic protests, arrests, law enforcement, voter rolls, insane asylums, state and local government hiring, swimming pool lift chairs, bathtub design, Spanish language ballots, school discipline, and even if boys can dress in drag in high school".  This list barely scratches the surface of the scope of the Civil Rights Division's powers.

DOJ, HUD Dole Out $1.75 Million to Pay For Jobs, Housing for 'Justice-Involved' Youth.  As part of "National Reentry Week" (April 24-30), the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced on Monday [4/25/2016] $1.75 million will be given to public housing and non-profit legal groups to help youth who are released from incarceration — or "justice-involved" youth — find jobs and housing. [...] As reported earlier by CNSNews.com, Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to President Barack Obama, said in remarks at the White House on Monday that 600,000 people leave prison each year, but the recidivism rate is "enormous."

US to states:  Make it easier for ex-prisoners to obtain IDs.  States should make it easier for convicted felons to obtain state-issued identification after they get out of prison, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Monday [4/25/2016] in announcing a set of measures aimed at helping smooth the return to society for the hundreds of thousands of inmates released each year.

Microsoft Sues U.S. Over Orders Barring It From Revealing Surveillance.  The software giant is suing the Justice Department, challenging its frequent use of secrecy orders that prevent Microsoft from telling people when the government obtains a warrant to read their emails.  In its suit, filed Thursday morning [4/14/2016] in Federal District Court in Seattle, Microsoft's home turf, the company asserts that the gag order statute in the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 — as employed today by federal prosecutors and the courts — is unconstitutional.  The statute, according to Microsoft, violates the Fourth Amendment right of its customers to know if the government searches or seizes their property, and it breaches the company's First Amendment right to speak to its customers.

Obama just gave cops the OK to simply take your stuff.  When Attorney General Loretta Lynch decided late last year that the Justice Department would end the federal civil-asset forfeiture program, criminal-justice reform advocates proclaimed it a "significant deal.  But late last month, less than four months later, the Obama administration reversed itself and reinstated the Asset Forfeiture Fund's Orwellian "equitable sharing" program.  That's a shame, particularly when the only supporters of the policy are the law-enforcement agencies that directly benefit from it.  Indeed, the federal program's combined annual revenue has grown more than 1,000 percent in the last 15 years, filling the coffers of federal, state and local police departments.

Corruption, Incompetence Scandal at DOJ's Ferguson Unit Widens.  On April 12, PJ Media Legal Editor J. Christian Adams reported that DOJ sources had revealed how two top employees in the Justice Department's Community Relations Service (CRS) used taxpayer money for personal travel.  The DOJ sources also revealed how these two top employees were responsible for a culture of incompetence, political decision-making, and gross mismanagement.  Here, we reveal that those same sources told Adams and me about corruption by other CRS managers, and about a hostile work environment that includes bullying and discrimination — particularly against anyone who complains about the waste, fraud, and abuse.

DOJ Employees in Ferguson and Trayvon Unit Used Taxpayer Cash for Airfare, Dentist Visits, and Dinners at Emeril's.  Justice Department employees in the DOJ Community Relations Service have reported gross mismanagement and corruption to Attorney General Loretta Lynch — but she has taken no action to investigate the problems.  The Community Relations Service has been at the center of high-profile, racially charged controversies involving the Justice Department, including the riots in Ferguson and Baltimore and the Trayvon Martin shooting in Sanford, Florida.  Multiple DOJ sources report to PJ Media a culture of incompetence and political decision-making by managers in the Justice Department component.  The complaints also allege the use of federal money for personal travel, including one Atlanta manager flying to see a dentist in his hometown of Miami, and a Dallas manager flying to New Orleans on tax dollars to dine at Emeril Lagasse's restaurant in New Orleans.

Lynch May Ignore First Amendment to Prosecute Climate Skeptics.  President Barack Obama's hostility to the free flow of information, open debate, and views contradicting his own appears to have no bounds.  The most recent evidence for this is Attorney General Loretta Lynch's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.  She said the Justice Department has discussed pursuing civil action against companies, organizations, and individual scientists who continue to debate the question of whether humans are causing catastrophic climate change.  The FBI has been tasked with investigating participants in an ongoing scientific debate.  This should shock civil libertarians and the general public alike.

Obama's Gun-control Hypocrisy Called Out by Alabama Senator.  On March 30, President Obama commuted the prison sentences of 62 criminals, 12 of whom were behind bars for gun-related drug crimes.  This was just too much for Alabama's senior Senator Richard Shelby (R), so the next day Shelby sent a stinging letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch.  He asked her about the president's hypocrisy and demanded answers to questions that he posed to her during a committee hearing back in January. [...] During his administration, the president has so far commuted the sentences of 248 individuals, 33 of whom were convicted of firearms-related offenses, more than all of those commuted by the last six presidents.

Hillary just boxed in AG Loretta Lynch.  Hillary Clinton yesterday [4/6/2016] made it very difficult for Attorney General Loretta Lynch to decline to prosecute a possible criminal referral from the FBI.  Using her trademark sandpaper tone of voice when she is being emphatic, speaking to a rally in Pennsylvania, Hillary flat-out declared:  "Everyone who violates the law anywhere should be held accountable."

Justice Department Kept Public in Dark About Iranian Hackers Until After Obama's Nuclear Deal.  On March 24, the Department of Justice indicted seven Iranian hackers for two cyber-crimes.  The charges result from the individuals' attacks on U.S. bank websites and the breach of a New York dam's control systems.  Even though the indictment was just released to the public, it had originally been announced but then immediately sealed the same week the U.S. and Iran were implementing agreements regarding Iran's nuclear program — in addition to negotiating the release of four American prisoners and compensation of $1.7 billion back to Iran.

Feds are out-burgling the burglars.  The Department of Justice announced this week that it is resuming its Equitable Sharing program.  "Equitable Sharing" sounds like a good thing, but it's actually too good to be true.  It's just a cute moniker for a monstrosity (rather like the name "Department of Justice").  Equitable Sharing is a federal program that allows state and local police to get around tough state laws that limit how much property can be taken from citizens without being charged with wrongdoing, let alone convicted of a crime.  By working with the federal government instead of enforcing state laws, money-hungry police departments can exploit these lax federal rules about confiscating people's property.  The feds like this because they get a cut of the loot.

Every Single One: Since 2009, Obama's DOJ Civil Rights Division Hired ONLY Leftist Lawyers (Hundreds!).  Despite being exposed before, nothing has changed.  In 2011, we produced the Every Single One series for PJ Media about an unprecedented wave of ideological hiring of leftist attorneys into the career ranks of the Justice Department.  The series documented the partisan and radical background of every single one of the 113 new Justice Department lawyers hired into the Obama Civil Rights Division from January 2009 to January 2011.  With the help of PJ Media, we will now be updating that revealing report — and sharing details about the background of Justice Department attorneys hired since 2011.  Because we have obtained all of the resumes of the attorney hires in the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice since then.  And once again, every single one of them has an intensely ideological background.

DOJ Restarts Program Used to Take People's Property Without Due Process.  Congress, in 1984, passed the Comprehensive Crime Control Act, which created the Department of Justice's Assets Forfeiture Fund and allowed bureaucrats to develop the Equitable Sharing Program.  Deposits to the fund grew from nearly $94 million in 1986 to $4.5 billion in 2014.  The Equitable Sharing Program is, however, a symptom of the real issue.  State and local law enforcement agencies working with federal agencies, through drug tasks forces or the like, can seize property and allow the federal government to adopt it to begin forfeiture proceedings under federal forfeiture laws.  Federal forfeiture laws lack any substantive protections for innocent property owners.  Seized property can be subjected to forfeiture based on "a preponderance of the evidence," or a 51 percent likelihood that case the government made against the property is true.

Why a no-indictment for Hillary Clinton would still be a problem for America.  There is a school of people — a big school, judging from my email — for whom there are only two possibilities:  Either Clinton is charged with a crime for mishandling classified information on her private server — an outcome, this group thinks, that should be devastatingly obvious to anyone with half a brain.  Or the Justice Department will squelch the indictment out of a politically motivated desire to protect the likely Democratic presidential nominee.  The only disagreement here involves whether Attorney General Loretta E.  Lynch will act on her own or under orders from President Obama.  Heads, Clinton's indicted; tails, they're corrupt.

Loretta Lynch's law firm tied to Hillary Clinton.  It's well known that if the FBI recommends prosecution in the Hillary Clinton email case, the decision will be put in the hands of Attorney General Loretta Lynch.  But little known is the fact that Lynch was a litigation partner for eight years at a major Washington law firm that served the Clintons.

The Loretta Lynch Stonewall: Will It Elect Hillary?  When it comes to Hillary Clinton's e-mail scandal, the most important thing to bear in mind — even more than classified information — is this:  It was all about avoiding accountability.  It still is.  Mrs. Clinton did not set out to damage national security and compromise defense secrets, although she obviously had no compunction about doing so as necessary to serve her higher personal interests.  For a generation, she has been a public person whose most intimate companion has been scandal.  She knew her State Department stewardship would be no different.  Her motive in designing a communication system that circumvented government recordkeeping and disclosure laws was to avoid a day of reckoning as she campaigned in 2016 for the power of the presidency she craves.  And that is where Loretta Lynch comes in.

AG Loretta Lynch wants to let nation break law without consequences.  As New York moves to decriminalize low-level offenses, arguing enforcement is "rigged against communities of color," other large cities are coming under pressure from the Justice Department to do the same thing.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch has issued a warning to municipal and state judges across the country that their courts could lose federal funding if they don't ease up on fines and arrest warrants for minor crimes involving poor offenders, indigent minorities in particular.

James Comey and Loretta Lynch Hold the Whole Country in Their Hands.  The leading contender for the Democratic Party nomination is under investigation by the FBI on two basic tracks.  The first is for national security violations regarding her grossly negligent use of a private email server and unsecured BlackBerry (when traveling abroad!) for all her official business as secretary of state, including housing 22 emails on the server deemed so "top secret" that the State Department has refused to make them public.  (There is much more, easily found on the Internet.  Beyond even that, there is the matter of the erased hard drive with thirty thousand or so more emails of a self-described personal nature like "yoga lessons," which many assume the FBI has recovered and whose contents are yet to be revealed.)  The second, perhaps even more serious, malfeasance is various crimes related to what is popularly known as influence-peddling performed by then-Secretary of State Clinton with foreign nationals and officials in connection with her multi-million, possibly billion, dollar family foundation.  If true, for a normal citizen, conviction would likely result in multiple years in prison.

Skewed justice.  Scientists don't use the term "consensus," despite the regular use of the term by politicians who promote government-mandated action to stop alleged human-caused climate change.  The scientific method has little space for opinion, and no room at all for the democratic process.  Yet it's that "consensus" that has U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch investigating whether the Justice Department can and should sue scientists and others who question the human-caused climate change assumptions.  Last week, Ms. Lynch testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that she has discussed the potential for bringing civil action against those who question human-caused climate change science, who include esteemed scientists — Nobel laureates among them.

Lynch indicates DOJ not required to charge Clinton.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch indicated Wednesday [3/9/2016] that the law doesn't require the Justice Department to pursue criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email system, even if the FBI recommends criminal charges.  Lynch was asked in a hearing by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, what her department would do if the FBI were to recommend that step.  "If the FBI were to make a referral to the Department of Justice to pursue a case by way of indictment and to convene a grand jury for that purpose, the Department of Justice is not required by law to do so, are they — are you?" Cornyn asked.

Loretta Lynch Says White House Should 'Stay Silent' About Hillary Email Investigation.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Wednesday [3/9/2016] that neither she nor anyone else at the Justice Department has briefed President Obama about the Hillary Clinton email investigation and that the White House should "stay silent" about the probe.  The question of whether she had was brought up during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing by North Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who referred to comments that White House press secretary Josh Earnest made back in January downplaying the investigation into how classified information was handled on Clinton's private email server.

AG Lynch: DOJ Has Discussed Whether to Pursue Legal Action Against Climate Change Deniers.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch acknowledged Wednesday [3/9/2016] that there have been discussions within the Department of Justice about possibly pursuing civil action against so-called climate change deniers.  "This matter has been discussed. We have received information about it and have referred it to the FBI to consider whether or not it meets the criteria for which we could take action on," Lynch said at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Justice Department operations.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch asks not to be considered for SCOTUS seat.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch has asked not to be considered for the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the late Justice Antonin Scalia.  In a statement, Department of Justice spokeswoman Melanie Newman said that the "limitations inherent in the nomination process" would prevent her from being effective as attorney general.  "Given the urgent issues before the Department of Justice, she asked not to be considered for the position," Newman said.

For Democrats, Immigration Is About Winning Elections.  At the national level, the Obama administration is also doing its part to unravel the very fabric of America.  Rather than defending one of its own agencies, Obama's Department of Justice recently joined a lawsuit against the U.S. Elections Assistance Commission in an effort to stop Alabama, Georgia and Kansas from requiring individuals to provide proof of U.S. citizenship as a qualification to vote. [...] Americans for Limited Government president Rick Manning was on-target in his response to this unconscionable power play:  "Americans expect that only those eligible to exercise the right to vote will be participating in our 2016 national elections, yet the Obama Administration's lackeys at Attorney General Loretta Lynch's Justice Department are doing everything in their power to allow their new illegal alien power base to vote."

Is White House Getting Inside Info From DOJ?  Attorney General Loretta Lynch seems mystified at how White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest could know that Hillary Clinton is not a target of the investigation.  [Video clip]

Brace yourself for the greatest prosecutorial discretion event in history.  As Barack Obama finishes his final year, his attorney general, in all likelihood, will execute the greatest instance of prosecutorial discretion in the history or our nation. [... The case of Lois] Lerner is just the beginning.  The IRS dismissal, large enough on its own scale and importance, will be but a side event in this attorney general's career.  For the longer the Hillary email "scandal" plays out, the more protracted the discovery and analysis by the FBI, and the deeper into the campaigning and nomination process we go, the less likely any indictment of Ms. Clinton.  It will likely involve a discretionary event by Loretta Lynch.  The more Hillary becomes the likely nominee, the greater the political aspects of the FBI's work.  To now dethrone the Democrat nominee with an indictment is much more difficult than if it had been done after the Iowa caucus.  And the closer we get to the convention, the more distasteful and difficult any action against Hillary.

Fox's Baier Grills Loretta Lynch on Hillary Emails.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch sat down for a tough, lengthy interview with Fox News' Bret Baier that largely focused on Hillary Clinton's emails.  Lynch assured that "career independent lawyers" are conducting the investigation, but would not say if a grand jury has been convened yet.  She repeatedly told Baier that she's not going to comment on ongoing investigations.  He confronted her about the perception that the DOJ may "cut Secretary Clinton a break" for political reasons, even bringing up White House comments about the investigation.  Lynch said every decision the DOJ makes is an independent one because they owe it to all Americans to examine everyone fairly.

Loretta Lynch Won't Say if a Grand Jury Has Been Convened in Clinton Email Investigation.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch would not say Monday [2/29/2016] whether a grand jury had been convened in the ongoing FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server.  Without a grand jury and the support of the Justice Department, the FBI would not be able to subpoena Clinton or charge her with a crime, even if there is conclusive evidence that she broke the law.  Additionally, without a grand jury the Clinton campaign does not have to admit that there is a formal investigation of its candidate.  Lynch wouldn't answer Fox News anchor Bret Baier when he asked whether a grand jury had been convened for the investigation.

Keywords:  politicized, stonewall, whitewash, sandbagging
Lynch: No 'artificial deadline' on DOJ's Clinton email probe.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Monday [2/29/2016] in an interview with Fox News that the Justice Department has no deadline for concluding the Hillary Clinton email investigation and that it's being handled "like any other review," even with the presidential election just months away.  Lynch said on "Special Report with Bret Baier" that the investigation is being handled by the agency's "career independent lawyers" and that they will "review the facts and the evidence and make a determination in due course."

Hillary's Victories Mean Painful Legal Choices for DOJ, WH.  Few jobs are as demanding as the U.S. attorney general's.  The AG's popularity peaks at the swearing-in ceremony and goes downhill from there.  It's not just the hard cases on the docket.  It's that attorneys general have two mandates that sometimes conflict.  Do they follow their responsibilities as the nation's chief law enforcement officer, wherever those responsibilities lead?  Or do they act as the president's top appointee in law enforcement and do his bidding?  AGs do not keep their jobs unless they know which mandate takes priority.  They serve at the president's pleasure.  This bedrock choice between blind justice and political calculation is almost certain to confront Loretta Lynch once the FBI concludes its investigation into Hillary Clinton, her top aides, and the Clinton Foundation.

AG Lynch says Obama can't enact his Gitmo plan on his own.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Wednesday [2/24/2016] that federal law flatly prevents President Obama from sending the detainees from Guantanamo Bay to U.S. territory, hurting his ability to follow through on his new closure plan.  "That is the state of the law," she said, pointing to the most recent defense policy law passed late last year, which cleared Congress on a bipartisan vote and which Mr. Obama himself signed into law.

Lynch: Federal Prisons Must Now Hand Over Illegals with Deportation Orders to ICE First.  U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch told a House Appropriations Subcommittee on Wednesday that the administration is changing how the Federal Bureau of Prisons handles illegal immigrants with deportation orders, allowing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to take custody first instead of turning those prisoners over to local and state authorities to face prosecution.

AG Lynch pushes illegal alien voting agenda in 2016.  Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today [2/22/2016] issued the following statement in response to the Department of Justice's decision not defend the Election Assistance Commission in the case League of Women Voters v. Newby by consenting to an injunction against the Commission:  "Americans expect that only those eligible to exercise the right to vote will be participating in our 2016 national elections, yet the Obama Administration's lackeys at Attorney General Loretta Lynch's Justice Department are doing everything in their power to allow their new illegal alien power base to vote.

SCOTUS Analyst: Loretta Lynch 'Most Likely Candidate' to Replace Scalia.  A leading Supreme Court analyst thinks Attorney General Loretta Lynch is the "most likely candidate" to replace the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.  Tom Goldstein, who runs the influential SCOTUSblog, had earlier predicted Ninth Circuit Judge Paul Watford would make the top of President Obama's shortlist.  But in a revised blog post, Goldstein said he now believes Lynch is the leading contender.  Lynch is a "very serious possibility," Goldstein wrote.  "The fact that Lynch was vetted so recently for attorney general also makes it practical for the president to nominate her in relatively short order."

The Editor asks...
Does this have anything to do with rewarding Ms. Lynch for stonewalling the Hillary Clinton email scandal?

The Legal Arm Of The Left.  On Wednesday [2/10/2016], Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced her agency was pursuing a lawsuit against the St. Louis suburb for massive civil rights violations.  The DoJ has investigated Ferguson with incredible zeal ever since the 2014 police shooting death of Michael Brown.  Brown's death was later ruled a justified act of self-defense both by the local district attorney and then-U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.  But that finding hasn't stopped Obama's Justice Department from seeking vengeance on the town which has became a focal point for America's racial turmoil.

So many coincidences help Hillary Clinton in her email scandal.  The FBI has acknowledged she [Hillary Clinton] and some aides are targets of an investigation surrounding their use of an unsecured private server as her primary email device for national security information when Secretary of State.  President Obama, however, has said he's sure there are no national security problems there.  How he knows what the FBI doesn't is unclear.  But in Obama's Washington, where the IRS, Justice Department and EPA have been profoundly politicized, it's raised dark suspicions of inappropriate political influence in a criminal probe.

Critics pounce on Lynch's campaign donations.  Critics of the Obama administration say Attorney General Loretta Lynch should be disqualified from overseeing the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server because of the more than $10,000 she has given to Democrats in recent years.  With Republicans already calling for a special prosecutor to monitor the probe, conservatives are pouncing on the past campaign contributions as evidence of bias.  "The latest assertion from her allies that Loretta Lynch is not 'political' is totally untrue," said David Bossie, the president of conservative advocacy organization Citizens United in a statement to The Hill.  "In fact, she's been a regular financial contributor to Democrat candidates, including to her current boss, Barack Obama."

Pressure on Lynch to step aside in Clinton email probe.  Loretta Lynch is on the edge of the spotlight, about to be dragged to the center.  If the FBI finds sufficient evidence to launch a criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton or one of her top aides for mishandling classified information, Lynch's Justice Department will have to decide whether to press ahead.  Even if no evidence of wrongdoing is found, Clinton's many critics are unlikely to take the word of an appointee of President Obama's and will doubt that justice has been served.  Already, top Republicans are calling for a special prosecutor to be brought in and evaluate the situation.

Pressure mounting on Lynch for special counsel on Hillary e-mails?  Will she or won't she?  That's the question Loretta Lynch faces on the investigation into Hillary Clinton's unauthorized homebrew e-mail server, on two levels.  If the FBI brings her a recommendation for indictments, will she pursue the case?  Or, will Lynch opt for a special counsel if that decision comes with too much political freight?

Obama's Growing Conflict of Interest in the Clinton E-Mail Scandal.  [Scroll down]  Law enforcement investigations are supposed to proceed independent of political considerations, but I'd wager few people believe the decision whether to indict Mrs. Clinton will be made by Attorney General Loretta Lynch alone.  It will be the president's call.  In making it, he may face a profound conflict of interest.

Former Inspector General: Powerful Democrat Women Standing in the way of Hillary Indictment.  Former Inspector General Howard J. Krongard says the current FBI investigation should be focused on how material made it from the classified email system, known as SIPRNet, to Clinton's unclassified private server.  "It can't just jump from one system to the other.  Someone had to move it, copy it.  The question is who did that?" Krongard tells the New York Post. [...] Even if the FBI decides Clinton holds the ultimate responsibility for creating the private server, "It will never get to an indictment," Krongard tells the Post.  The decision to act on the FBI's recommendation would have to pass through, "four loyal Democrat women."  Krongard is referring to Loretta Lynch and her deputies Leslie Caldwell and Sally Yates.  In addition, Valerie Jarrett, one of President Obama's top advisers, could weigh in.

Former FBI Official Red-Flags Troubling Lack of Activity at DOJ Regarding Hillary's Emails.  A former assistant director of the FBI is voicing concern about the Justice Department's lack of movement on the ongoing FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's email arrangement which, according to sources, will be wrapping up soon.  If Bureau leaks are to be believed, the results will show that Mrs. Clinton and her underlings flagrantly violated some of our most important laws — laws that are designed to protect national security.  Anyone else would have been arrested by now.

Key Republican says Congress will punish sanctuary cities this year.  The House Republican in charge of writing the Justice Department's budget vowed Monday [2/1/2016] that this will be the year Congress punishes sanctuary cities, insisting he'll use his powers as chairman to make the Obama administration strip grant money from localities that refuse to cooperate with immigration agents.  Rep. John Abney Culberson, chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the Justice Department, warned Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch that if she doesn't move quickly to shut down sanctuary cities, he will use existing powers to prevent her from shifting money around within the 2016 budget.

Ted Cruz [is the] Best Choice to End Lawlessness at [the] Justice Department.  No matter what issue you care about most, all policy roads lead through the Justice Department bureaucracy.  If you care about energy, national security, religious liberty, immigration or the power of government, it is the Justice Department lawyers that develop the intricate legal policies that support the agency decisions.  They are the lawyers that make the litigation decisions.  That's precisely why Obama installed a radical ideological crony like Eric Holder to lead the place.  When Obama radicalized the Justice Department, he radicalized the government.

Justice Department Leading Multi-Agency Research Into Smart Gun Tech at Obama's Request.  Last Tuesday, the president announced a number of initiatives he said were designed to combat gun violence in the United States.  One of those initiatives involved further government research into technologies designed to help track guns more closely and prevent their unauthorized use.  He ordered the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Defense to coordinate on a report detailing the reliability and usability of the technology in its current form.

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Obviously if the government can prevent the "unauthorized use" of a gun, that means the government will be able to disable the gun remotely.

Loretta Lynch: We'll Position DOJ to Do Obama's Work 'Long After' We're Gone.  For all those who revel in the fact that there are 374 days until President Obama finally gets [...] out of the White House, a cautionary note:  Obama and his colleagues are rigging the bureaucracy so that their unique brand of "hope and change" extends far beyond their tenure. [...] Lynch, unlike her predecessor Eric Holder, isn't a bomb-thrower.  Like President Obama before his self-deification, Lynch hides behind vagary and a general sense of reasonableness.

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We have regular elections in this country because after a president has served two terms, we probably don't want to have their influence felt any more — if it matters what we want.

Shelby Vows to Grill Attorney General on Gun Action.  The Senate subcommittee chairman in charge of Justice Department funding said he is looking forward to hearing Attorney General Loretta Lynch explain what she "can't explain" about President Obama's gun control plans.  "I want her to explain under what part of the Constitution, the Second Amendment, that the president has a right to do anything tinkering with guns," said Sen. Richard Shelby during an appearance Monday [1/11/2016] on "The Laura Ingraham Show."  "We'd like to hear from her and let her explain what I believe she can't explain."

Justice Department Plans Attorney Hiring Spree To Keep Pace With Obama's Pardon Push.  The Office of the Pardon Attorney, which handles the federal government's clemency cases, posted a job listing for 16 attorney advisors on the Justice Department's website on Tuesday [1/5/2016].  The number of expected hires is more than double the agency's staffing level as of May 2013.  Then, seven permanent attorneys — the pardon attorney, a deputy and five staff attorneys — were on staff.  But that was before Obama's Justice Department announced a clemency initiative to encourage federal prisoners to petition to have their sentences reduced or vacated.

Hillary Will Be Indicted Says Former U.S. Attorney.  A former U.S. Attorney predicts a Watergate-style showdown in the Department of Justice if Attorney General Loretta Lynch overrules a potential FBI recommendation to indict Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.  "The [FBI] has so much information about criminal conduct by her and her staff that there is no way that they walk away from this," Joseph diGenova, formerly the District of Columbia's U.S. Attorney, told Laura Ingraham in a Tuesday [1/5/2016] radio interview.  "They are going to make a recommendation that people be charged and then Loretta Lynch is going to have the decision of a lifetime.  "I believe that the evidence that the FBI is compiling will be so compelling that, unless [Lynch] agrees to the charges, there will be a massive revolt inside the FBI, which she will not be able to survive as an attorney general.  It will be like Watergate.  It will be unbelievable."

Former U.S. Attorney: Hillary Could Face Indictment Within 60 Days.  A former U.S. attorney predicted this week that Hillary Clinton "will not make it to the finish line" in 2016 because she will soon be facing a criminal indictment from the FBI.  During an appearance on Laura Ingraham's radio show Tuesday [1/5/2016], famed attorney Joseph DiGenova said that the FBI has "reached a critical mass in their investigation of the secretary and all of her senior staff" and predicted that it would come to a head "in the next 60 days."  DiGenova, who rose to national prominence during the Clinton scandals of the '90s, told Ingraham that if Attorney General Loretta Lynch refuses to indict Clinton, there will be a "massive revolt inside the FBI, which she will not be able to survive as an Attorney General."

Will Hillary be indicted?  Joseph diGenova, a well-respected former U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, predicted today that Hillary Clinton will be indicted for crimes connected with her use of a private email server for State Department business.  He made this prediction on Laura Ingraham's radio program.  For Hillary to be indicted, the FBI would have to call for an indictment and the Attorney General would have to approve the recommendation.  FBI director James Comey and Attorney General Loretta Lynch are both Obama appointees.  Comey has a reputation as a straight shooter.  In part, that reputation derives from the independence he displayed as a high-ranking Justice Department official during the administration of President George W. Bush.

Rumor Mill: Hillary Facing Criminal Indictment, Obama 2016 Surprise in the Works.  Opinions on Hillary Clinton's chances in 2016 come in two forms with not much in between:  "It ain't happening" and "Hillary's got it locked in."  We may soon find out which one of those prognostications is right.  Washington insiders are saying that the evidence in the FBI's investigation into Clinton's "unique email arrangement" has reached "critical mass."  The American Spectator's R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. joins former prosecutor Joe DiGenova in predicting that a decision to indict is coming soon.

Loretta Lynch warns gun owners: We're watching you.  U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch issued what Second Amendment supporters likely see as a dark warning about the White House's looming executive order on guns, telling a group of reporters the federal government would be actively searching out those firearms' owners who want to sidestep registration.

Harry Reid Under Investigation for Bribery in Utah.  The retiring senator from Nevada, Harry Reid is being investigated in the state of Utah for bribery.  He is being implicated in the investigation and prosecution of two former Attorney Generals of Utah in a pay to play scheme.  The two former AGs are Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow.  The case is being investigated by Davis County District Attorney Troy Rawlings.  Rawlings made the announcement after he was asked about the investigation by a local paper.  The case was originally investigated by the DOJ, but since Reid is not a republican, they refused to prosecute.  Apparently, they determined Reid was as innocent as Hillary Clinton and Lois Lerner.  They are also refusing to give information to Rawlings from their investigation.

Report: Facing Investigations, DOJ Claims Right To Avoid Investigations.  Beset by several investigations, the Department of Justice is claiming the right to avoid being investigated.  As reported by PJMedia, the Office of the Inspector General's job is to combat problems of waste, fraud and abuse within the federal government.  But Attorney General Loretta Lynch has no intention of allowing any investigation.  She told the House Judiciary Committee that her office will simply ignore any request from the OIG at will.

The Backlash Industry.  Addressing the 10th Anniversary celebration of an Islamic advocacy group, Attorney General Loretta Lynch became the latest governmental official to warn of an impending anti-Muslim backlash.  In the December 3rd speech, which echoed the admonitions of her predecessor Eric Holder, she took it a step further by vowing to prosecute those who speak or write about Islam in a way that she does not approve.  She described her "greatest fear" as "the incredibly disturbing rise of anti-Muslim rhetoric" and vowed to prosecute speech that "edges towards violence." [...] The Attorney General's not-so-veiled assault on free speech and common sense ignores the real assault while instead conjuring up hyperventilated fantasies.  In fact, American society has been incredibly tolerant of both Muslims and even Islamists — so much so that rather than focusing on the growing evidence of violent Islamists living among them, the majority of Americans seem more concerned about discomfiting their Muslim neighbors or being labeled Islamophobes.

AG Lynch Walks Back Remarks on Anti-Muslim Hate Speech: I Meant 'Deeds, Not Words'.  Monday morning [12/7/2015], Attorney General Loretta Lynch found herself needing to backtrack on her comments last week that seemed to imply that the Department of Justice will come after anyone speaking disparagingly to Muslims.  "Of course, we prosecute deeds and not words," Lynch said at a press conference.

Loretta Lynch pulls back her words. Slightly. And delivers another whopper.  As most readers know, Loretta Lynch said she would prosecute speech that "edges toward violence" when speaking to a Muslim organization a few days ago.  On Monday [12/7/2015] she backpedaled a bit, stating:  "Of course, we prosecute deeds and not words."  Sure, Loretta.  Whatever.  (Raise your hand if you trust Ms. Lynch.)  Meanwhile, on Sunday, she made this unbelievable (in a normal world) statement in reference to the San Bernardino jihad attack, [...]

Who Are The Most Frequent Victims Of Anti-Religious Hate-Crimes? (Hint: It's Not Muslims).  Following the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, President Obama and Attorney General Loretta Lynch made it a point to warn Americans against an anti-Muslim backlash.  AG Lynch went as far as to suggest that anti-Muslim rhetoric might even be prosecuted.  Speaking at the Muslim Advocates dinner on December 3, Lynch said:  ["]Now obviously this is a country that is based on free speech, but when it edges towards violence, when we see the potential for someone ... lifting that mantle of anti-Muslim rhetoric, or, as we saw after 9/11, violence against individuals who may not even be Muslims but may be perceived to be Muslims ... When we see that, we will take action....["]  But have Muslims been the primary targets of hate-crimes and violence since the terror attacks on 9/11?

Prosecuting Speech?  The day after the terrorist attacks in San Bernardino, Attorney General Loretta Lynch attended a dinner in Washington held by the Muslim Advocates, a Muslim-rights organization.  Lynch made no direct mention of the attacks but addressed the Justice Department's responsibilities in light of what she called a very disturbing rise in anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States since the terrorist massacre in Paris.  Lynch said (from C-Span's transcript of the event) that the United States is based on free speech.  Yet when speech edges towards violence, when we see the potential for someone to lift ... that mantle of anti-Muslim rhetoric ... we will take action.

Lynch recalibrates message on hateful speech.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch Monday appeared to recalibrate remarks she made last week that suggested the Justice Department could investigate speech deemed hostile towards Muslims.  "Of course, we prosecute deeds and not words," she said at a press conference Monday to announce an unrelated civil rights investigation into the Chicago Police Department.  Some conservatives criticized Lynch for her comments to a Muslim civil rights group, where she lamented "the ability of people to issue hateful speech of all types from the anonymity of a screen."

'Meet the Press': AG Loretta Lynch Not Asked About Pledge to Criminalize Anti-Muslim Speech.  Out here in the hinterlands, when we rubes hear no less than the Attorney General of the United States pledge to a specific group that she "will taken action" against certain kinds of "rhetoric" directed at that group, like all threats of fascism, we consider that kind of a big deal.  On Sunday's [12/6/2015] "Meet the Press," although Lynch had made that exact pledge to a Muslim group just a few days earlier, it was not considered newsworthy, or even raised during her Sunday [12/6/2015] appearance.  Had moderator Chuck Todd's interview been eaten up only by a search for news about the San Bernardino terror attack, one could forgive the oversight.  But it wasn't.

Can Americans be denied Second Amendment rights because the Attorney General suspects they're terrorists?  [Scroll down]  I can't see how that's constitutional.  And though the bill would have let the buyer go to court to challenge the attorney general's decision, the attorney general would simply have had to show by a preponderance of the evidence that the two elements were satisfied — that the attorney general appropriately suspected the buyer and that she had a reasonable belief about what the buyer may do.  Plus the evidence supporting the attorney general's position might never be shared with the buyer, which may make it impossible for the buyer to fairly challenge it, or aired in open court.

AG Lynch Can't Say 'What Led Either of These Two People to Pick Up Guns and Become Murderers'.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch says the FBI has taken over the investigation into the San Bernardino attack "because of the indications that we do have of radicalization."  Right now, it's a "terrorim investigation," she told NBC's "Meet the Press" with Chuck Todd. But Lynch couldn't fathom the motivation.  Todd asked Lynch about the husband-wife terror team:  "Can you say definitively this morning they were both radicalized?"  "You know, I think I can't say definitively right now what led either of these two people to pick up guns and become murderers," Lynch responded.

Lynch: Don't draw conclusions about shooters.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch wouldn't give many details Sunday [12/6/2015] about the terrorism investigation into the two San Bernadino shooters, but stressed that her agency is seeking to find out whether they acted independently or in conjunction with an organized group.  Lynch told NBC's "Meet the Press" that the Department of Justice still doesn't have any evidence that the husband and wife who killed 14 people at a holiday party Wednesday were "part of a large group or cell" or that they had been planning any other attacks.

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Islam itself is a large group that is planning other attacks, ending only when they have taken over the world.  The husband and wife team who carried out the California attack were both members of that group.

Bitter Jihadists Cling to Guns and Religion.  [Scroll down]  Detect a pattern here?  Indeed, we should, a pattern of denial and obfuscation by a president who is either delusional or incompetent or both.  This is not a problem with guns that will be solved by background checks or cross checking gun buyers with no-fly lists.  CBS has reported that Tashfeen Malik, who came here on a visa to marry American citizen Syed Farook, actually passed vetting by our vaunted Department of Homeland Security.  So what should we be looking for after San Bernardino?  Attorney General Loretta Lynch has an idea — look for those spouting hate speech against Muslims.

AG Loretta Lynch Vows to 'Take Action' Against 'Anti-Muslim Rhetoric'.  In remarks before the Muslim Advocates Dinner Thursday night [12/3/2015], Attorney General Loretta Lynch told attendees that the Justice Department will take action against "anti-Muslim rhetoric" and "violent talk."

If Loretta Lynch Wants to Ban Violent Talk, She Should Ban the Quran.  In the wake of the San Bernardino jihad slaughter, Obama's jihad denial took a malevolent and tyrannical turn.  The day after a horrific ISIS rampage, Obama's Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, pledged to an Islamic supremacist lobbying group that she would prosecute anyone who used "anti-Muslim" rhetoric. [...] If Lynch is serious in prosecuting hate speech, then she will have to start closing down mosques and banning the Quran.  She wants to restrict the First Amendment so as to curb "actions predicated on violent talk?"  Then she should ban this "violent talk":  [Numerous quotes from the Quran.]

Former Congressman Dares AG Lynch to Arrest Him for Anti-Muslim Rant.  Former Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh, now a talk show host in the Chicago area, let loose with an anti-Islam rant for the ages, damning all Muslims and their religion, and daring Attorney General Loretta Lynch to carry through with her threat to arrest those who use "violent talk" against Muslims.

Loretta Lynch is unfit to serve.  As most AT readers know, Loretta Lynch recently stated that she would prosecute anyone who expressed "anti-Muslim rhetoric" that led to violence against Muslims.  Among other things, she also invited members of the Muslim community to contact her if their children are bullied at school.  Wow!  Does anyone else have Lynch's direct line so they can hop, skip, and jump over the playground monitor, teacher, counselor, vice-principal, and/or principal to the Attorney General of the United States?  I can almost hear the phones dialing now with the next wave of fabricated clock boy complaints.  Lynch is enforcing Sharia law, creating two classes of citizens.  Muslims are the protected class and non-Muslims are second-class citizens.

Department of Justice Will Go After Anti-Muslim Hate Speech.  U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch pledged that the Department of Justice will go after hate speech that might incite violence against the Muslim community, she told a crowd of Muslim-Americans and supporters Thursday night.  "Obviously this is a country that is based on free speech," Lynch told the audience at the Muslim Advocates dinner in Arlington, VA.  "But when that edges towards violence... we will take action."

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What does "go after" mean?  What does "edges toward violence" mean?  Does that mean rap music is illegal now?  Is it now illegal to criticize Islam, like this and this and this and this and this and this?

AG Lynch Tells Muslims To Call Her If Their Children Are 'Bullied' in School.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch urged Muslim parents to contact both the justice department and the education department if they think their children are being "bullied" in school.  "We've seen this for a number of years, we saw it a lot in the New York area [after 9/11], unfortunately, where there would be a backlash against the Muslim community in general," she claimed at a Thursday fundraiser dinner for an Islamic advocacy group, Muslim Advocates.

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When has the U.S. Attorney General ever gone to bat for Catholics or Baptists with this much enthusiasm?  If the Attorney General was a featured speaker at fundraising dinner for a Mennonite group or a Methodist Church, wouldn't we hear wailing from the separation of church and state people?

Loretta Lynch defends Muslims and announces investigation in arrest of Texas 'clock kid'.  Atty. Gen. Loretta Lynch, speaking to the American Muslim community just a day after the attacks in San Bernardino, announced Thursday night [12/3/2015] that the Justice Department will investigate the arrest of a 14-year-old Muslim boy for bringing a homemade clock to school in Texas.  The Irving Police Department arrested Ahmed Mohamed in September after school authorities grew suspicious of a clock that Mohamed said he made and brought to school to show his teacher.  Authorities suspected it was a bomb.  Ahmed was never charged, but several congressmen asked Lynch for the civil rights investigation she promised Thursday.

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To recap once again, Clockboy didn't make a clock.  He put a disassembled Radio Shack clock into a box and took it to school as an unsolicited science project, probably knowing it would look like a suspicious device.  The Attorney General doesn't seem to mind that Clockboy is a troublemaker, but instead her concern is that Clockboy is a Muslim, and therefore a victim of the animosity that he helped to create.

Loretta Lynch to Muslim Group: DOJ to Investigate Arrest of 'Clock Boy' Ahmed.  U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced during a speech to American Muslims on Thursday night that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will be investigating the arrest of "Clock Boy." [...] Although the boy was never charged with a crime, several congressman had asked for a DOJ investigation.  Breitbart Texas reported that California Democrat Congressman Mike Honda, who cried Islamophobia outside the U.S. Capitol Building Tuesday [12/1/2015] while questioning the legality of the Sept. 14 arrest of "Clock Boy" Ahmed Mohamed, is himself under an ethics investigation.

Loretta Lynch Urges Muslim Parents To Contact Feds If Their Children Are Bullied.  Speaking to a Muslim advocacy group on Thursday [12/3/2015], Attorney General Loretta Lynch urged Muslim parents to contact the Justice Department and the Department of Education if their children are bullied at school.  "Other areas in which we are seeing growing areas of concern... specifically involve our children, and the issues of bullying and the schools," Lynch said during a question-and-answer session at an event hosted by Muslim Advocates, a civil rights organization.  "We saw [bullying] a lot in the New York area, unfortunately, where there would be a backlash against the Muslim community in general," added Lynch, a former U.S. attorney based in New York.

The Attorney General of the United States Is Disgracing Herself.  In her response to what appears to be a deadly, ISIS-motivated domestic terror attack, Attorney General Loretta Lynch has offered an almost Onion-level self-parody of liberal pieties.  Per Obama administration protocol, the attorney general was determined to never let a crisis go to waste.  There is now a "wonderful opportunity and wonderful moment to really make significant change," Lynch declared the day after 14 innocent Americans were murdered and 23 injured at the hands of a Muslim couple who'd reportedly pledged allegiance to ISIS.  And what is this change?  New gun-control measures, of course, including stripping the constitutional rights (without due process) of Americans often arbitrarily placed on the vastly over-inclusive terror watch list.

AG Loretta Lynch will prosecute anti-Muslim rhetoric.  It has been three days since the San Bernardino terrorist attack that killed 14 people and injured 21.  You might be wondering then, what is high priority on the action list for our Attorney General, the top law enforcement officer in the United States?  What has the old gal got up her sleeve for these miscreants?  Well, according to the top articles popping up on Google, Loretta Lynch has pledged to prosecute ... wait for it ... anti-Muslim hate speech.  Thank goodness!  I was afraid our government was just going to ignore offensive rhetoric!

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What is the name of the law that prohibits offensive rhetoric or hate speech, and when was it passed?

Loretta Lynch Stands Boldly with Muslims.  "The Muslim American community is expanding, which is beautiful."  I doubt you would ever hear these words uttered by a Republican governmental official anywhere.  And we definitely know it's not something you will hear from the 2016 GOP presidential candidates.  But those were the very words that United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch told the sold-out crowd on Thursday night [12/3/2015] at the Muslim Advocates 10th anniversary dinner.

Loretta Lynch Says to Muslims 'We Stand with You in This'.  On Thursday, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, speaking at the Muslim Advocate's 10th anniversary dinner, shockingly refused to focus on the Muslim community after the terrorist attacks committed by Muslims in San Bernardino and Paris, instead.  She reassured her audience, "We stand with you in this."  In another astonishing moment, Lynch said that since the Paris attacks, her greatest concern has been the "incredibly disturbing rise of anti-Muslim rhetoric ... that fear is my greatest fear."

Loretta Lynch Vows to Prosecute Those Who Use 'Anti-Muslim' Speech That 'Edges Toward Violence'.  The day after a horrific shooting spree by what appears to be a radicalized Muslim man and his partner in San Bernardino, California, Attorney General Loretta Lynch pledged to a Muslim advocacy and lobbying group that she would take aggressive action against anyone who used "anti-Muslim rhetoric" that "edges toward violence."  Speaking to the audience at the Muslim Advocates' 10th anniversary dinner Thursday, Lynch said her "greatest fear" is the "incredibly disturbing rise of anti-Muslim rhetoric" in America and vowed to prosecute any guilty of what she deemed violence-inspiring speech.

AG Lynch vows to prosecute 'anti-Muslim' speech.  U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch is assuring Muslims of her support, threatening action against any "anti-Muslim rhetoric" that "edges toward violence."  Lynch, speaking at a dinner held by the Muslim Advocates, a national legal advocacy group, announced Thursday night the Justice Department will investigate the police department in Texas that arrested a 14-year-old Muslim boy who brought a device that looked like a bomb to school.  Ahmed "Clock Boy" Mohamed was never charged, but several congressmen asked Lynch for the civil-rights investigation she promised Thursday.  Her comments came just a day after the massacre in San Bernardino, California, where a Muslim man and his wife accumulated an estimated $30,000 in weapons and bombs, then launched an attack on a Christmas party for employees of the county where the man worked.

AG Lynch: 'We've Had Over 1,000 Investigations Into Acts of Anti-Muslim Hatred, Including Rhetoric'.  During an appearance at the Muslim Advocates annual dinner on Thursday, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said since 9/11, the Justice Department had "over 1,000 investigations into acts of anti-Muslim hatred, including rhetoric and bigoted actions," and more than 45 prosecutions as a result.  "Since 9/11, we've had over 1,000 investigations into acts of anti-Muslim hatred, including rhetoric and bigoted actions, with over 45 prosecutions arising out of that," Lynch said at the dinner, which marked the organization's 10th anniversary.  "I think sadly that number's going to continue."

Attorney general: Law 'does not allow' Gitmo detainees in the US.  The Obama administration is legally prohibited from bringing detainees from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the U.S., Attorney General Loretta Lynch acknowledged on Tuesday [11/17/2015], even as the White House searches for ways to close the facility.  "With respect to individuals being transferred to the United States, the law currently does not allow that," Lynch told the House Judiciary Committee.

Does anybody believe this?  I certainly don't.
Lynch: Obama's Opinion of FBI's Hillary Investigation Has No Influence on DOJ.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch testified on Capitol Hill today that President Obama's opinion of the ongoing investigation by the FBI related to Hillary Clinton has no influence on the Department of Justice.

A Pattern Of Executive Overreach.  Recently, the Justice Department announced it would not be indicting anyone for their role in the most serious domestic political scandal since the Nixon years.  Starting in 2010, the IRS, under pressure from congressional Democrats and the White House, engaged in blatant ideologically motivated discrimination against conservative organizations applying for non-profit status.  That the most feared bureaucracy in Washington was making decisions based on illegal political criteria should send a chill down the spine of any American who cares about the First Amendment and the rule of law.

Punishing the Obama way.  First, the Department of Justice announced that Lois Lerner and her merry little Internal Revenue Service crew that spent much of their time sitting on paperwork from conservative nonprofits and the rest, peppering them with questions no free government should ask its citizens, hadn't really done anything wrong and certainly weren't "targeting" conservatives for political or ideological reasons.  The announcement could hardly survive the giggle test, but meant Ms. Lerner will skate for using the IRS to go after Mr. Obama's "enemies" in ways that Congress included in the articles of impeachment filed against former President Richard Nixon for merely suggesting in an earlier day.

NY Attorney General Launches Political Witch Hunt Against Exxon Mobil.  Have you ever declined to promote the Democrat agenda while engaging in commerce?  You might be under criminal investigation.  There's a lot of talk in Washington these days about over-criminalization and the need for criminal justice "reform."  However, while Congress pursues an agenda of emptying the prisons of violent criminals, they are overlooking the true threat of over-criminalization — political witch hunts on the part of liberal government officials against companies and individuals who don't obey their religion of global warming.

The Deceit and Lawlessness Just Keep on Coming.  During the week we also had news that the Obama administration's Department of Justice (whose name seems more and more a farcical masquerade of justice, more commonly expected of those of soviet agency-name pretense) has determined that no criminal charges will be filed in connection with the IRS's blatant targeting and punishing of this administration's perceived adversaries.  Another case clearly understood by rational beings as malfeasance and cover-up, Lois Lerner and other co-agitators at the IRS, who had also mysteriously and "accidently," lost most if not all the relevant emails, have now been given get-out-of-jail-free cards by the DOJ.

DOJ Lets Lois Lerner, IRS Off the Hook.  It was a foregone conclusion, but the Obama Administration's right hand just couldn't find anything wrong with what the left hand did, even if it was designed to help the president win a second term by targeting his political opponents.  The Department of so-called Justice announced Friday that Lois Lerner and other IRS managers will not face any charges after singling out for harassment conservative groups that applied for nonprofit status leading up to the 2012 election.

Obama's Weaponized Justice Department.  In the last presidential debate, Governor Chris Christie asserted that the Obama administration was running a "political Justice Department," basing its prosecutorial decisions on political preferences.  But politicization in the traditional sense — hiring only committed leftists to civil-service jobs, or using the IRS to go after political enemies — is just half the problem. The current DOJ is also using law enforcement to advance President Obama's vision of industrial policy.  Under policies implemented over the last several years, businessmen can be jailed simply for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Rep. Jim Jordan: 'Flat Out Wrong' Not to Bring Criminal Charges Against Lois Lerner.  Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), head of the conservative Freedom Caucus and a member of the House Oversight committee, says he strongly disagrees with the Justice Department's decision not to bring criminal charges against former IRS official Lois Lerner for impeding conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.  "That is just flat out wrong, in my judgment," Jordan told "Fox News Sunday" with Chris Wallace.  "Here's a lady who systematically and for a sustained period of time targeted people for exercising their most fundamental rights, their First Amendment free speech rights.

Tea party targeting accusations, legal issues persist for IRS after Justice ends probe.  The IRS is still holding up the nonprofit applications of tea party groups, including one that has been waiting nearly six years for approval, as conservatives panned the Justice Department's announcement last week that it had cleared the tax agency, and former senior executive Lois G. Lerner, of any wrongdoing.  The Obama administration's decision, outlined in a Friday afternoon [10/23/2015] letter to Congress, said the IRS did mishandle nonprofit status applications from conservative groups but said the bad behavior wasn't criminal.

The FBI & Hillary's e-mails: A Lois Lerner precedent?  The fix was in:  Lois Lerner will walk away scot-free.  On Friday, the Justice Department closed its two-year investigation into the Internal Revenue Service targeting of conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status and decided to charge ... no one.  This, when Lerner admitted the IRS had singled out righty groups, but blamed the "absolutely inappropriate" actions on "front-line people" — that is, lower-level folks.  And then refused to answer more questions by pleading the Fifth.  Questions about, say, her orders to hold up applications from any outfit with "Tea Party" or "patriot" in its name.

Citizens are no longer equal under Obama.  Disgraced former IRS chief Lois Lerner is enjoying her "Get Out of Jail Free" card care of the Obama administration.  Who's surprised she won't face charges given the fact that most Americans believe the White House was in on allegations the IRS targeted Tea Party and conservative groups applying for nonprofit status?  It gets worse.  During the "investigation," IRS head John Koskinen stonewalled big time, refusing to provide Congress with information including Lerner's "missing" emails.  Sound familiar?

Justice Department: No criminal charges for Lerner, others in IRS scandal.  The Justice Department announced Friday afternoon [10/23/2015] that it will not bring criminal charges against Lois Lerner or any other IRS official involved in the targeting of Tea Party groups, in a decision Republicans ripped as a "free pass."  In a letter to leaders of the House Judiciary Committee, the department said the investigation into the controversy will be closed — and while they found "mismanagement, poor judgment and institutional inertia," they found "no evidence that would support a criminal prosecution."

GOP outraged as Lois Lerner escapes.  Republicans on Friday [10/23/2015] were outraged by the announcement that former IRS official Lois Lerner will not face any charges for her role in the scandal involving her agency's decision to slow-walk decisions about the tax-exempt status of conservative groups. [...] The federal government is thus closing its nearly two-year inquiry into the matter without charging anyone.

Justice Department Lets Lois Lerner Off The Hook.  The Justice Department will not seek criminal charges against former IRS official Lois Lerner for her role in targeting conservative non-profits groups, CNN is reporting.  The investigation into Lerner's and the IRS' handling of conservative groups' tax-exempt applications uncovered substantial mismanagement and poor judgment, but none of it rose to the criminal level, according to the letter, which Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik sent to members of Congress on Friday [10/23/2015].

How very comforting, that she would offer us this reassurance.
Attorney General Lynch says Justice Dept. won't send reporters to jail for doing their job.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch is repeating a pledge from her predecessor that no journalists will be sent to jail for doing their job.

Loretta Lynch announces anti-recidivism measure.  The U.S. Department of Justice has announced plans to endow a $53 million grant to local programs that provide support to former inmates.

The DOJ Now Says We Can No Longer Say Islam [is Contemptible] on Social Media.  How inconvenient that First Amendment is for the tyrannists in government and their friends in the savage world of Islam!  While you were sleeping, a federal prosecutor named Bill Killian aka Muhammad al Tyranni Killian announced criticism of the religion of murder would violate civil rights laws.  We are so civilized in America these days that we will imprison our citizens who dare criticize the religion whose goal is total destruction of our country and the deaths of our citizens!

Justice Department on emails: No reason not to believe Hillary.  Hillary Clinton's defense in the email scandal received a boost this week when the Justice Department — the same Justice Department that is investigating the email affair — told a court it has no reason to suspect Clinton either deleted or failed to produce any emails under request by congressional or public-interest investigators.  "The evidence, if anything, demonstrates that the former secretary's production was over-inclusive, not under-inclusive," top Justice Department lawyers Benjamin Mizer and Elizabeth Shapiro wrote in papers filed in federal court last Wednesday [9/9/2015].  Taken as a whole, Mizer and Shapiro's brief was so pro-Clinton, so without even a hint of suspicion that she has been anything less than totally forthcoming, that it might as well have come from the Clinton campaign media team.

Lynch Orders Prosecutors To Lock Up Wall Street Execs.  Just when you thought the Obama regime's demonization of Wall Street had run its course, Attorney General Loretta Lynch has given prosecutors license to gun for top executives for "financial crimes."  Lynch has issued a memo to prosecutors nationwide directing them to set their sights on Wall Street bank honchos.  Forget corporate liability, forget settlements.  The new Justice Department target is "individuals."  And the new metric of prosecutorial success is jail time, not fines.

Justice Department rules Hillary Clinton followed law in deleting emails.  The Obama administration told a federal court Wednesday that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was within her legal rights to use of her own email account, to take messages with her when she left office and to be the one deciding which of those messages are government records that should be returned.  In the most complete legal defense of Mrs. Clinton, Justice Department lawyers insisted they not only have no obligation, but no power, to go back and demand the former top diplomat turn over any documents she hasn't already given — and neither, they said, can the court order that.

Has the DOJ Silenced Bob Menendez on the Iran Deal?  On Monday night [8/24/2015], the Department of Justice brought the hammer down on Senator Bob Menendez.  Reportedly in response to the senator's frequent dismissals of the indictment against him as being based on flimsy evidence and FBI's systematic efforts to mislead a New Jersey grand jury, the DOJ submitted a blistering filing that could — and quite possibly should — imperil the Garden State senator's career.

The FBI and Justice Department Let the Clinton Camp Hold on to Classified E-mails.  When a bank gets robbed, is it now the Justice Department's practice to let the suspect hold on to the money while the FBI does its investigation?  According to the Washington Examiner, the Justice Department has still not seized the Clinton server and at least one thumb-drive copy of its contents even though government officials have conceded that national-defense secrets are stored on them.  Former secretary of state Clinton apparently still has the server, while the thumb drive is reportedly in the possession of her private lawyer, David Kendall.

Watchdogs: DOJ memo undermines agency probes.  Agency watchdogs are up in arms over a Justice Department memo questioning the legality of turning over documents they say are crucial to their investigations.  The new policy protecting certain portions of sensitive documents — announced last month by the DOJ's Office of Legal Counsel — came under fresh fire from lawmakers during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday [8/5/2015].  Lawmakers in both parties, including the top Republican and Democrat on the panel, disagree with the policy shift, saying it goes against the specific intent of the Inspector General Act of 1978.  The law specifies that inspectors general have access to "all records" needed during an investigation.

Loretta Lynch Embeds Federal Agents In Baltimore To Help Control Embarrassment of Growing Crisis.  The transparency of motive is brutally obvious.  As Baltimore suffers the worst explosion of gun/homicide violence in 40 years, the race-based professional apologists have to move quickly to avoid the consequences from their own insufferable policy/agenda failures.

Loretta Lynch Embeds Federal Agents In Baltimore To Help Control Embarrassment of Growing Crisis.  The transparency of motive is brutally obvious.  As Baltimore suffers the worst explosion of gun/homicide violence in 40 years, the race-based professional apologists have to move quickly to avoid the consequences from their own insufferable policy/agenda failures.

Is a Criminal Probe of Clinton Near?  The U.S. Department of Justice has been asked to open a criminal investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's mishandling of classified information in emails she sent through her unauthorized, insecure private email server.  Whether such a probe, if it happens, will actually accomplish anything is a separate question.  That's because the DoJ is headed by Obama appointee Loretta Lynch who is essentially a carbon copy of her predecessor, the corrupt Eric Holder, a man who was held in contempt by the U.S. House of Representatives and who came close to getting impeached for misconduct in office.

DOJ facing bipartisan criticism for move to 'undermine' gov't watchdogs.  The Justice Department is facing bipartisan criticism for clamping down on government watchdogs' access to documents, in a decision lawmakers say defies Congress and undermines those tasked with rooting out government misconduct.  The DOJ's Office of Legal Counsel issued a 68-page memo last week that said the department's inspector general would be required to get permission from the agencies it oversees to obtain wire taps, grand jury testimonies, and credit information.  IGs are assigned to audit and conduct internal reviews of federal agencies.  The decision, first reported in The Washington Post, faced an almost immediate backlash from Capitol Hill and the watchdogs themselves.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch Faces Potential Minefield With Hillary Clinton Email Investigation.  The inspectors general for the State Department and intelligence community on Friday [7/24/2015] disclosed that an internal review of Clinton's system concluded some emails contained classified information and that the inspectors general had sent a non-criminal "referral" to the Justice Department over the matter.  Lynch and her department must now determine what to do next — including whether to open a criminal investigation — and whatever she decides will be under intense scrutiny, especially by Republicans on Capitol Hill.

DOJ to review Planned Parenthood videos.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Wednesday [7/22/2015] her department is going to review all information surrounding the controversial videos of Planned Parenthood officials taken by an anti-abortion group.  "I'm aware of those matters generally from the media, and from some inquiries that have been made to the Department of Justice, and again at this point we're going to review all the information and determine what steps, if any, to take at the appropriate time," Lynch said when asked about the videos at a press conference.

Loretta Lynch: Same-sex couples to get federal marriage benefits.  Federal marriage benefits will soon be available to same-sex couples nationwide, according to Attorney General Loretta Lynch.  "I directed Justice Department staff to work with the agencies to ensure that the ruling be given full effect across the federal government," including Social Security and veterans benefits programs, Lynch said in a statement Thursday [7/9/2015].  "[W]e have now taken the further step of ensuring that all federal benefits will be available equally to married couples in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories."

'Disparate Impact' Ruling Emboldens Obama's Diversity Cops.  Armed with a Supreme Court-licensed shakedown weapon, President Obama's race cops will wage an even bigger war against lenders, insurers, employers and whoever else fails their "disparate impact" test.  Attorney Gen. Loretta Lynch said she and her civil-rights goons are "bolstered by this important ruling" by the high bench, which by a narrow 5-4 vote upheld bogus disparate-impact theory as a tool to enforce laws against housing, lending and insurance discrimination.

Justice Department Subpoenas Reason.com To Unmask Commenters.  The Justice Department made the classic mistake of reading the comments, and now it wants to know the identity of internet commenters who talked about putting a federal judge in a wood chipper.

Subpoenaing Reason over comments is affront to free speech.  Writers and producers of on-line content like to joke that the first rule of the business is not to read the comments. [...] Reason pointedly does not do much or any moderation of comments in keeping with their libertarian philosophy, which is worthy of their commitment but definitely produces content that is an acquired taste for many readers.  Still, it is a matter of taste for anything that doesn't cross the line into violations of the law.

DOJ Brings Charges Against Soccer Federation FIFA But Not the Clintons.  It was not much of a surprise to some to see the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) bring corruption charges against the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) this week.  After all, the granting of World Cup hosting rights to Russia (2018) and Qatar (2022), appeared highly suspect, along with several other apparent "pay to play" coincidences.  Considering the nature of the charges against FIFA, it seems only logical to wonder if, or when, such charges will be levied against Bill and Hillary Clinton, and the Clinton Foundation.

Indians and 'Idiots': DOJ Attacks State Power Over Elections.  The Obama Justice Department has quietly launched an effort to erode traditional state powers over elections.  In the first instance, Attorney General Loretta Lynch has drafted and sent a bill to Congress which would force state election officials to turn over power to tribal governments to determine the location and number of polling places on Indian reservations in state-run elections.  In the second instance, the DOJ is seeking to erode the power of states to prohibit the mentally incompetent from voting, as long as they express a desire to vote to their caregiver, often a unionized government worker.  In both instances, the Justice Department is acting at the behest of activist groups and undermining powers the Constitution gives to the states.

FBI spy planes spotted over Phoenix.  A Phoenix aviation photographer may have captured photos of secret FBI spy planes at Deer Valley Airport.  Chris Kennedy posted photos of the two Cessna aircraft on Flickr.  The registration records for the aircraft lead to two companies identified by the Associated Press as dummy corporations set up by the Department of Justice.  And the spy planes appear to still be flying.

Justice Department Studying 'Far-Right' Social Media Use.  The Department of Justice is concentrating on "far-right" groups in a new study of social media usage aimed at combatting violent extremism.  The Justice Department's National Institute of Justice (NIJ) awarded Michigan State University $585,719 for the study, which was praised by Eric Holder, the former attorney general, earlier this year.

Loretta Lynch has a Lois Lerner decision to make.  Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee have asked Attorney General Loretta Lynch for an update on whether she will pursue criminal charges against former IRS employee Lois Lerner for her role in the IRS targeting scandal.  The committee last year identified three possible criminal charges that could be brought against Lerner, and asked the Department of Justice to consider bringing those charges.  At the time, the attorney general was Eric Holder, and the committee chairman was Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich.  The new chairman, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., asked Lynch on Thursday [5/28/2015] where that criminal referral stands.

Washington's Got a New 'Odd Couple'.  President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have found an area of common ground in the wake of Democratic infighting over recent legislation, going as far as to send each other "handwritten notes."  On Sunday [5/10/2015], McConnell gave a speech at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute in Boston, where he admitted to receiving a personal thank you for getting newly-minted Attorney General Loretta Lynch confirmed.

Lynch Opens Civil Rights Probe Into Baltimore Police, Won't Put 'Prism' of Racism on Investigation.  New Attorney General Loretta Lynch today announced a civil rights investigation into the Baltimore Police Department, stressing that "if unconstitutional policies or practices are found, we will seek a court-enforceable agreement to address those issues."  Lynch said the Justice Department probe will focus on "allegations that Baltimore Police Department officers use excessive force, including deadly force, conduct unlawful searches, seizures and arrests, and engage in discriminatory policing."

Lynch to Lawmakers: DOJ Responsibility to 'Help Prevent Circumstances' That Led to Baltimore Riots.  "We're currently in the process of considering the request from city officials and community and police leaders for an investigation into whether the Baltimore City Police Department engaged in a pattern or practice of civil rights violations," she said.  "And I intend to have a decision in the coming days."  That decision came quickly.  She announced Friday [5/8/2015] that the Justice Department should commence an investigation into the Baltimore Police Department amid claims that the agency has employed excessive force and violated individuals' civil rights in carrying out its duties.

The Lynch Filibuster That Never Happened.  The appointment of Loretta Lynch to be the nation's Attorney General won Senate confirmation on April 23, 2015. [...] During hearings leading up to her confirmation, Ms. Lynch was asked about possible use of executive orders by the President to create law, especially law regarding illegal immigrants.  Making law with the stroke of a pen has, of course, always been a violation of the Constitution's very first sentence:  "All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives."  Anyone who understands the meaning of the word "all" would know that no President can make law.  The President's job is to see that laws are "faithfully executed."  The Senate's procedural rules contain the possible use of the procedure known as filibuster.  It allows continued debate about an issue, even dragging on indefinitely, until an objectionable measure is withdrawn.

Po-Po and the Missing Papas.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch, went to Baltimore on May 5 and said, "We're here to hold your hands."  Another healer.  If you have broken bones or a destroyed business you worked years to build, the offer of Loretta Lynch's hand is an insult.  What a dereliction for the nation's top law enforcement officer to offer emotional support for lawbreakers at a massive crime scene.  It sets the stage for her department to fail to prosecute crimes committed by black people, just like Eric Holder's dereliction.  Lynch visited the deceased heroin dealer's family.  His is the only name that suits her politics.

Loretta Lynch launches civil rights probe of Baltimore police.  The Justice Department will conduct a broad investigation into the Baltimore police force to identify law enforcement practices that are unconstitutional and violate civil rights, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Friday.

Lynch: Decision on Baltimore PD probe coming soon.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Thursday [5/7/2015] she'll decide "in the coming days" whether the Justice Department will launch a civil rights investigation into the Baltimore Police Department.  "I intend to have a decision in the coming days," Lynch said in testimony before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee that oversees funding for her agency.

Loretta Lynch, Justice Department officials go to Baltimore.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch will travel to Baltimore on Tuesday for meetings with city officials, members of Congress, law enforcement officials, as well as faith and community leaders, a Justice Department official told CNN.

Could Loretta Lynch Be a Worse Attorney General than Eric Holder?  The [Los Angeles] Times quoted James Cole, who until recently was a deputy attorney general under Holder.  "She is in a good position," he said, "because she has earned credibility with the law enforcement community to begin with."  This is the sort of thing one would expect to hear from a Holder underling:  a non-committal, vaguely optimistic assertion that everything will be just swell under Ms. Lynch because she has "credibility."  No doubt Mr. Cole feels Eric Holder has credibility too, this despite his manifest lack of it.

Reporters kept out of Obama-Lynch meeting.  President Obama dodged potential questions about violent street protests in Baltimore on Monday when he met with Attorney General Loretta Lynch.  Obama met with Lynch for the first time since she was sworn in, but the White House barred print, radio, and television reporters from covering the Oval Office meeting. Only still photographers were allowed inside.

Team Obama To Respond To Baltimore Rioting; Requests Law Enforcement Restraint.  Shortly after 5:00 p.m., President Obama met with newly sworn in Attorney General Loretta Lynch in the Oval Office and received an update on the situation in Baltimore.  Reporters were blocked from the meeting, which was not on Obama's public schedule, but photographers were allowed in briefly to take pictures.  As the violence escalated, the White House released a readout of the conversation by 6:30 p.m., noting that Lynch updated Obama on the events occurring in Baltimore and promised to continue monitoring events.

Republicans Who Voted For Loretta Lynch Voted For The Abuse Of Executive Power.  It's pretty simple.  After years of griping about Barack Obama's abuse of executive power, the GOP finally has a chance to do something about it.  So Mitch McConnell makes a deal:  If Democrats agree to stop blocking a human trafficking bill over some boilerplate language regarding abortion funding — a position that made them look unreasonable — Republicans, with all the leverage imaginable, will help confirm another attorney general nominee who will rubber stamp the president's many overreaches.  Loretta Lynch was confirmed in a 56-43 Senate vote.  McConnell was a Yea.

The Disgraceful Republican Cave-in on Loretta Lynch.  On Thursday morning, top Republican strategist Karl Rove proclaimed, "The dysfunctional Congress finally appears to be working again as the Founders intended."  Just hours later, the GOP-controlled Senate confirmed as attorney general — i.e., as the chief federal law-enforcement officer of the United States — a lawyer who quite openly supports the systematic non-enforcement of federal law.  In fact, Ms. Lynch also supports President Obama's blatantly unconstitutional usurpations of legislative authority, including most notoriously, of Congress's power to set the terms of lawful presence by aliens in our country.

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch Confirmed — The New Boss, Same As The Old Boss.  The cultural Marxists within the Senate voted 56-43 to confirm Loretta Lynch as the country's first black female attorney general.  Ignoring mountains of evidence showing her corrupt involvement in, and selective prosecution of, Wall Street Banking schemes.

Republican Senate Confirms AG Who Says Illegals Have Right to Work But Partially Born Babies Have No Right to Life.  A Republican-controlled U.S. Senate voted to confirm an attorney general today who says that illegal aliens have a right to work in the United States but that partially born babies do not have a right to life.  The Senate took two votes on the nomination of Loretta Lynch: first, a "cloture" vote to end debate and allow a final vote on confirmation, and, then, the final vote itself.  Neither of these votes would have taken place had not Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell brought her nomination to the floor for consideration.

Loretta Lynch confirmed as Attorney General to replace Eric Holder.  Loretta Lynch won confirmation at the new attorney general Thursday [4/23/2015], surviving a deeply partisan vote that reflected Republicans' anger at President Obama more than worry over Ms. Lynch, who will be the first black woman to hold the top law enforcement post.  She will replace Eric H. Holder Jr., who had an historic but rocky six years as Mr. Obama's first attorney general, and will be charged with continuing the defense of the White House's executive actions that have sparked repeated legal battles with Congress and the states.

Will senators vote to shred the Constitution?  Today, senators will be voting on whether to uphold the U.S. Constitution and faithfully execute their sworn duty to do so.  Of course, those legislators want you to believe they are just voting on the confirmation of Loretta Lynch to be our next Attorney General.  But — as former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy notes, since Ms. Lynch told the Senate that she would, as the nation's top law enforcement officer, support President Obama's executive amnesty that violates the law and shreds the Constitution — confirming her would make them complicit in this illegality.

AG Nominee Defending Partial-Birth Abortion: 'The Phrase "Living Fetus"' is 'Hopelessly Vague'.  Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch joined a group of former U.S. attorneys in signing an amicus brief presented to the Supreme Court in 2006 in the case of Gonzales v. Carhart that argued that the federal ban on partial-birth abortion was unconstitutional because its language was too vague.  In their brief, for example, Lynch and the other former U.S. attorneys argued that the term "living fetus" was too vague to be understood by those responsible for following and enforcing the law.

Ted Cruz Missed Loretta Lynch Vote Hours After Speaking Against Her Confirmation.  Texas Sen. Ted Cruz took to the Senate floor on Thursday [4/23/2015] to urge his Republican colleagues to vote against attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch.  When the final confirmation vote came a few hours later, Cruz — a candidate for the 2016 presidential nomination — skipped the vote.

Rep. Ryan Zinke: Senate Should Vote Against Loretta Lynch.  Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT), a former Navy SEAL Team Six commander, tells Breitbart News exclusively that he believes Senators should vote against the confirmation of Loretta Lynch to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General of the United States.  "Despite Ms. Lynch's legal experience, simply holding a job does not uniquely qualify her for the highest legal officer in the land," Zinke said.

Assistant Democrat Jeb Bush Calls for Loretta Lynch's Confirmation.  No enemy is more dangerous than the enemy within, as supposed Republican Jeb Bush demonstrates by demanding the confirmation of the irresponsible leftist Loretta Lynch as Attorney General.

The Loretta Lynch Race Game.  Saturday's [4/18/2015] Washington Post front page carries on its recent tradition of fanning racialist flames without substantial regard to fact or context.  The header reads:  "Race creeps into debate over stalled nomination for attorney general" and the first graph notes that "African American and other civil rights leaders" are infuriated that Loretta Lynch's confirmation as attorney general has been held up because of — you guessed it — racism.  Responding to the president's dog whistle, National Action network and multimillionaire tax scofflaw Al Sharpton says he's going on a three-day hunger strike to force consideration of her nomination.  Be our guest, Al.

Obama toadie Jeb Bush backs confirmation of radical leftist Loretta Lynch as Attorney General.  Obama has been trying to get Loretta Lynch confirmed as the new head of the Department of Justice but the Senate has been dragging its feet.  This is a woman who has refused to say if she would investigate Hillary's email violations and said that illegals have every right to work here in the USA like legal citizens do.But Jeb says she deserves to be confirmed.

Jeb Bush calls on Republicans to Confirm Loretta Lynch.  Jeb Bush says that the Senate should confirm the nomination of Loretta Lynch, President Barack Obama's choice for attorney general.  A number of Senate Republicans oppose her nomination.  "I think presidents have the right to pick their team," Bush said, according to reports of his stop at the "Politics and Pie" forum in Concord, New Hampshire, on Thursday night [4/16/2015].

McConnell plays hardball.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has dug in on Loretta Lynch's nomination to be attorney general, highlighting his willingness to play hardball with the Democratic minority.  His maneuvers on Lynch shed light on how he will lead the upper chamber in this Congress, but the strategy has some risks — especially with a fragile majority.

Obama blasts 'crazy' GOP-controlled Senate over stalled Lynch nomination.  President Obama blasted Senate Republicans Friday [4/17/2015] for delaying a vote on attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch, calling it a "crazy situation" and "embarrassing."  "It's gone too far," Mr. Obama said at a press conference at the White House.  "What are we doing here?  Enough.  Enough.  Call Loretta Lynch for a vote.  This is embarrassing, a process like this."

Obama: Loretta Lynch delay "embarrassing".  President Obama criticized the delay of Loretta Lynch's confirmation as U.S. attorney general, calling it "embarrassing" and a "crazy situation."

Obama's AG pick won't commit to federal probe of Hillary Clinton email scandal.  President Obama's long-stalled nominee for attorney general, Loretta Lynch, has refused to commit to investigating former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's email secrecy scandal if confirmed as America's top cop.  Responding to a question submitted by Sen. David Vitter, Louisiana Republican, Mrs. Lynch said in a letter Thursday that she didn't have enough information to form an opinion about investigating Mrs. Clinton's exclusive use of a private email account to conduct official business at the State Department.

Harry Reid Will Force Vote on Loretta Lynch if GOP Delays Any Longer.  Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) says he will force a vote on Loretta Lynch's attorney general nomination if it is delayed any longer by Senate Republicans, Mediaite has learned.  Reid, the outgoing Senate minority leader, will call for the vote in an interview with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow set to air on Thursday night [4/16/2015].

Loretta Lynch supporters stage hunger strike to urge confirmation.  Loretta Lynch's allies are launching a hunger strike until she's confirmed as attorney general, but they could be waiting weeks if Republicans follow through on their threat to delay Lynch even longer.  Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) warned Wednesday [4/15/2015] that the Senate could bypass a sex trafficking bill that's been entwined with Lynch's nomination in order to deal with Iran review legislation that unanimously cleared the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday.

Sharpton to lead advocacy campaign in advance of 2016 election.  Civil rights groups led by the Rev. Al Sharpton plan to announce an ambitious advocacy agenda Wednesday aimed at flexing their political muscle in advance of the 2016 presidential campaign.  Their top priority, Sharpton said in an interview, will be pressing the Republican-controlled Senate to confirm attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch, whose nomination process progressed and then stalled after President Obama put her name forward more than 140 days ago.

Obama: Congress endangers national security with Lynch delay.  President Obama is accusing Congress of playing politics with law enforcement and national security by holding hostage attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch in exchange for leverage on legislation.  Mr. Obama blasted Republicans for preventing the female federal prosecutor from New York from succeeding Attorney General Eric Holder during his weekly address to the country [on] Sunday [3/22/2015].  But lawmakers have delayed the nomination of Ms. Lynch by more than 130 days over concerns surrounding Mr. Obama's executive action on immigration, which would provide temporary legal status to millions of illegal immigrants and reprieve from deportation.

Rep. Brown 'Hidden Racism' Preventing Lynch AG Vote.  At a House news conference last Thursday, Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) accused Republicans of failing to vote on confirming Loretta Lynch as attorney general because "there is hidden racism rampant."

Gun rights groups in fierce opposition to Loretta Lynch as next A.G..  Calling Lynch, "Eric Holder 2.0," a number of pro-gun groups are lobbying the Senate to oppose President Obama's attorney general nominee in an upcoming close vote that could see the vice president as a tiebreaker.  On Nov. 8, 2014, the president nominated her to succeed Eric Holder as attorney general of the United States.  Facing a historic Republican majority in the Senate, Lynch managed to negotiate her way past the Senate Judiciary Committee last month in a grudging 12-8 bipartisan vote.  With the chamber population currently at 46 Democrats and four Republican lawmakers publicly supporting Lynch — Susan Collins, Maine; Jeff Flake, Arizona; Lindsey Graham, South Carolina and Orrin Hatch, South Carolina — an upcoming floor vote could see a deadlocked 50-50 Senate in which Vice President Joe Biden would be called upon to cast his rarely used tie-breaking vote.

Don't Confirm Loretta Lynch.  An unanswerable question hangs over the nomination of Loretta Lynch for attorney general: Is Republican opposition to her more racist or sexist?  As an African-American woman, Lynch represents a gloriously double-barreled opportunity to accuse Republicans of sub-rosa hatreds.  The political benefit of what feminists call intersectionality — membership in two or more historically oppressed groups — is not having to choose which accusation of bias to make.  Illinois Senator Dick Durbin went to the Senate floor to effectively accuse Republicans of racism in the nomination fight, even though Hillary Clinton had tweeted that it is sexism and the head of Lynch's sorority has said it is both.  Synergy!

Sen. Dick Durbin: GOP Making Loretta Lynch 'Sit in the Back of the Bus'.  Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) took to the floor on Wednesday [3/18/2015] and upped the rhetoric against a Republican Party that has continued to block a confirmation vote for Loretta Lynch, who President Barack Obama nominated to succeed Attorney General Eric Holder more than four months ago.  "There is no substantive reason to stop this nomination," Durbin said during his floor speech, calling out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for saying he would not allow a vote on Lynch's confirmation under the Senate passes a bill on human trafficking laws.

McCain: Durbin should apologize for 'bus' remarks.  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Thursday [3/19/2015] that Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) should apologize for his comments that Republicans are making Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch sit "in the back of the bus."  The Arizona Republican said Durbin's speech was "offensive and unnecessary" and that Durbin owes the Senate, Lynch and the public an apology.

It's called leverage.
Obama Says Loretta Lynch Nomination a Political 'Hostage'.  President Barack Obama called on congressional Republicans to confirm Loretta Lynch as attorney general, saying that the GOP was holding her nomination "hostage" for political reasons.  In an interview with the Huffington Post on Friday, Mr. Obama said that Ms. Lynch's confirmation vote shouldn't fall victim to congressional horse-trading.  "You don't hold attorney general nominees hostage for other issues," Mr. Obama said.

Nixing Loretta: Never mind her race, sex.  An unanswerable question hangs over the nomination of Loretta Lynch for attorney general:  Is Republican opposition to her more racist or sexist?  As an African-American woman, Lynch represents a gloriously double-barreled opportunity to accuse Republicans of sub-rosa hatreds.  The political benefit of what feminists call intersectionality — membership in two or more historically oppressed groups — is not having to choose which accusation of bias to make.

The Editor says...
Affirmative Action advances in only one direction, and has now reached the point where black females not only can't be fired, they can't be not hired.

White House: Holder Will Stay If Lynch Doesn't Get a A Vote.  Attorney General Eric Holder would stay in office if the GOP won't confirm Loretta Lynch as her replacement, White House spokesman Josh Earnest claimed Monday [3/16/2015].  "He's going to keep doing [his work] as long as it is necessary," Earnest said.  The statement was intended to ridicule and threaten the Senate's GOP leaders, who have promised to hold up a vote on Lynch's nomination until Democrats allow a floor vote on a bill to curb child prostitution.  The claim is a threat because Holder is widely disliked by Republican legislators.

McConnell: No Lynch vote unless Democrats relent on bill.  "This will have an impact on the timing of considering a new attorney general," McConnell told CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union."  "I had hoped to turn to her next week, but if we can't finish the trafficking bill, she will be put off again."  Democrats are now holding up the trafficking bill, which glided through the judiciary committee, after they noticed an abortion provision embedded in the bill that would prevent victims of human trafficking from using restitution funds to pay for an abortion.

Scott Walker: Loretta Lynch 'Not Fit To Serve' As Attorney General.  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says President Barack Obama's Attorney General nominee, Loretta Lynch, is unfit to be the nation's top lawyer because of her support for executive amnesty and other positions she's taken, the governor's spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski tells Breitbart News.  "Given Loretta Lynch's failure to commit to protect Americans from the president's lawless executive overreach, that even he said nearly two dozen times, she is not fit to serve as the nation's Attorney General," Kukowski said in an email.

McCain Comes Out Against Loretta Lynch As Primary Challengers Loom.  As two hefty primary challengers loom back home in Arizona ahead of his expected run for re-election to the U.S. Senate, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has come out publicly against the nomination of U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch to be Attorney General because of her support for President Barack Obama's executive amnesty.

Loretta Lynch nomination a cliffhanger.  Just days before her nomination as attorney general goes to the Senate floor, Loretta Lynch is stubbornly stuck right around 50 votes — suggesting a confirmation fight the Obama administration once seemed certain to win with relative ease will go down to the wire.  Barring an 11th-hour surprise, Lynch is likely to be confirmed.  But with four GOP senators currently backing her along with unanimous support from Senate Democrats, Lynch would secure the bare minimum required to be installed as the nation's top cop — as long as senators hauled in Vice President Joe Biden to break a tie.

Republican Opposition to Lynch Might Make History.  As the top federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, Lynch has earned just the sort of tough but fair reputation that's customarily made for bipartisan smooth sailing in the Senate.  But at least three-quarters of Republicans are going to oppose her anyway, mostly because of a single position she's taken as the nominee:  Obama was on solid legal ground in deferring deportations of as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants.

McConnell Puts Democrats in a Box.  After weeks of Democrats questioning his unwillingness to schedule the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be attorney general, the Senate majority leader announced at a press conference Tuesday [3/10/2015] that the Senate will vote to confirm her next week.  There's just one catch:  Members will have to get past legislation that includes a controversial abortion rider first.

Witnesses rip Holder, Obama on Day 2 of Lynch's Senate confirmation hearing.  Former CBS investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson testified that the Obama administration broke into her computer and phone after she reported stories on Operation Fast and Furious — in which the Justice Department apparently lost track of guns after allowing them to flow to Mexican cartels — as well as the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012.  "If you cross this administration with perfectly accurate reporting they don't like, you will be attacked and punished," Attkisson said.  "You and your sources may be subjected to the kind of surveillance devised for enemies of the state.  Attkisson said freedoms protected by the Constitution are "under assault due to government policies of secrecy, leak prevention and officials' contact with the media, combined with large-scale surveillance programs."

Senator to PJM: Use Lynch Nomination to Block Immigration Funding, Not DHS Bill.  [Scroll down]  "We should continue to move forward.  For instance, the attorney general nomination — clearly, Loretta Lynch stepped out and said she believes what the president did was legal.  The courts disagree.  Congress disagrees," Lankford, a member of the Appropriations Committee, said.  "Blocking Loretta Lynch is one of the ways to be able to do that — holding up the attorney general.  Holding up the funding and passing bills like we did today in the Senate and saying, 'lets stay consistent on this, we've got to stop this,' finding other judicial ways to be able to push.  It's a matter of finding the leverage point and applying pressure."

Senate panel votes to confirm Loretta Lynch as attorney general.  The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday [2/26/2015] to confirm U.S. Attorney Loretta E. Lynch as the next attorney general, paving the way for her likely confirmation by the full Senate, which is expected to vote on her nomination in the next week or two.  By a vote of 12 to 8, the committee approved the nomination of Lynch, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, as the first African American woman to take the reins of the Justice Department.  Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced in September that he would step down as soon as the Senate approved a new nominee.

Senate Has 'Constitutional Obligation' To Reject Loretta Lynch Nomination.  Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) tells Breitbart News that the U.S. Senate has a "Constitutional obligation" to reject the nomination of U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch to replace Eric Holder as attorney general.  Bridenstine says this is because Lynch proved during her testimony before the U.S. Senate Judiciary committee that she does not believe in enforcing the law independent of Obama's political viewpoints.  "The top law enforcement officer in the land must be willing to enforce the law, independent of administration politics," Bridenstine said in an emailed statement.

GOP cools on Loretta Lynch.  President Obama's pick to serve as the next attorney general is having a hard time finding Republican supporters.  To be confirmed by the Senate, attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch only needs four Republicans to support her nomination.  But it is unclear where those votes will come from.

Vitter: Holdup on Holder Replacement Loretta Lynch Over HSBC Persecution.  In December 2012, ABC News's Brian Ross, Matthew Mosk and Carlos Boettcher reported that HSBC Bank "will avoid a potentially crippling criminal prosecution for its role in moving cash for known terror groups, Mexican drug cartels, and rogue governments such as Iran" because Justice Department officials instead agreed to assess a $2 billion settlement against the bank. [...] Nonetheless, nobody went to prison or even faced a criminal trial in the money laundering case, due to Lynch's and others' efforts.  HSBC got off by making a payment to the government.

GOP faces tough decision on Lynch vote.  Senate Republicans face a tough vote on Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch's confirmation, which has fast become a litmus test on President Obama's executive actions on immigration.  Oppose Lynch, and they'll be ignoring a sparkling performance at a Senate hearing last month that won good reviews from members of both parties, who agreed she was qualified to lead the Department of Justice.

Rand Paul Comes Out Swinging Against Loretta Lynch's Nomination.  Sen. Rand Paul will oppose — very publicly — the nomination of U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General of the United States. [...] Paul asked the team about Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) question during Lynch's Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing about whether she'd oppose using a drone to kill an American citizen on American soil.  When Paul heard about her non-answer — she wouldn't commit that the federal government does not have such authority — he was incredulous.

Republicans Oppose Cruz Quest to Block Loretta Lynch Confirmation.  Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a steadfast opponent of the Obama administration's use of executive actions to grant amnesty to illegal aliens, is facing opposition from members of his own party in his attempt to delay a Senate vote to confirm Loretta Lynch — President Obama's nominee for attorney general — until the White House reverses itself on the executive actions.

Black Caucus slams Rand Paul for opposing AG nominee Lynch.  The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) issued a sharp condemnation of Sen. Rand Paul's (R-Ky.) opposition to Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch on Thursday [2/5/2015].  Paul said he opposed confirming Lynch because she supports civil forfeitures, a controversial law enforcement tactic, but the chairman of the CBC dismissed those concerns.

GOP senators block Ted Cruz move to hold up Loretta Lynch vote.  Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's strategy of blocking a vote on President Barack Obama's attorney general nominee until the White House relents on immigration executive actions ran into a brick wall Wednesday:  his own GOP colleagues.  Republican senators dismissed Cruz's proposal for denying Loretta Lynch a confirmation vote in the Judiciary Committee and on the Senate floor as part of the Texas firebrand's strategy to use "every procedural tool" at the Senate's disposal to override Obama's actions, which could affect nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants.

Sen. John Cornyn To Oppose Lynch Nomination.  Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), the Senate Majority Whip, says he will oppose Obama's attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch due to her support for executive amnesty.  "I will oppose that nomination," Cornyn said Wednesday [2/4/2015] on a conference call with Texas reporters, according to the Dallas Morning News.  According to Cornyn, although she has a good resume, Lynch's expression of support for President Obama's executive amnesty during her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee is disqualifying.

Loretta Lynch nomination gathering GOP support.  Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch won the backing of a senior Republican senator during the second day of her Senate hearings Thursday [1/29/2015], a big step on her path to be confirmed as the first black woman to lead the Justice Department.  Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) endorsed Lynch a day after she was questioned for nearly eight hours.  The Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday took testimony from nine outside witnesses, none of whom oppose her confirmation.  "I'm going to be a strong supporter of her nomination," Hatch told the witnesses.  "And I believe she's not only qualified, but exceptionally well qualified, and a very good person, to boot."

ABCs of IRS mess: Justice Department is tainted, too.  At her confirmation hearings Wednesday, Loretta Lynch said she's only "generally aware" of the Justice Department's investigation of IRS targeting of conservative groups.  As a service for our likely new attorney general, here's a primer on why so many in Congress want a special counsel in the IRS case.  Under federal rules, the attorney general appoints a special counsel "when he or she determines that criminal investigation of a person or matter ... would present a conflict of interest for the Department or other extraordinary circumstances."  In this case, there's both.

Lindsey Graham: Advocating Partial-Birth Abortion Doesn't Disqualify Lynch as AG.  Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch at a confirmation hearing today [1/28/2015] that the fact that, in support of Planned Parenthood, she had advocated for partial-birth abortion did not "disqualify" her from serving as attorney general of the United States.  "In 2006, you signed an amicus brief supporting Planned Parenthood's opposition to partial-birth abortion ban; is that correct?" said Graham at Lynch's confirmation hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee.  "Yes," said Lynch, "I was one of a number of former Department of Justice officials [who signed it]."

Should Loretta Lynch Really Be Confirmed As Attorney General?  Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions threw a softball to the New York U.S. attorney, asking her who had more right to work in the U.S. — illegal immigrants, lawful immigrants or American citizens.  "Senator," Lynch replied, "I believe the right and the obligation to work is one that's shared by everyone in this country, regardless of how they came here.  And certainly, if someone is here — regardless of status — I would prefer that they be participating in the workplace than not participating in the workplace."  So there we have it, the nominee's personal "preferences" trump any fealty for justice and too bad for black workers or anyone else displaced by Obama's questionable executive amnesty in his quest for the Latino vote.

Attkisson: Reporters treated like 'enemies of the state' under Obama.  The Obama administration treats investigative journalists and their sources like "enemies of the state," a former CBS News reporter who accuses the government of spying on her told a Senate panel Thursday [1/29/2015].  "The job of getting at the truth has never been more difficult," Sheryl Attkisson testified at the Senate confirmation hearing for Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch.  She said the DOJ's surveillance of journalists could do "long-term damage to a supposedly free press" and urged Lynch to chart a new course.

What Obama's Attorney General Nominee Just Told The Senate Proves She's Another Eric Holder.  Despite telling a panel of key senators that the Constitution would be her "lodestar" in making decisions if she becomes the nation's next attorney general, Loretta Lynch today defended the legality of President Obama's executive action on amnesty for illegal immigrants.  The 55-year-old woman who could become the first black female to serve as the country's chief law enforcement officer told the Senate Judiciary Committee that she had reviewed the legal rationale behind Obama's sweeping executive orders that have infuriated conservatives.

Orrin Hatch, Lindsey Graham leaning towards confirming Loretta Lynch as AG.  Actually, Hatch isn't leaning.  He's onboard.  Just as he was in confirming Eric Holder, a few years before he ran for reelection in Utah as the Senate's oldest, strongest conservative. [...] Graham is leaning — he's "inclined" to support her, per Politico — but c'mon.  What are the odds that a guy known as "Grahamnesty," who led the charge on the Gang of Eight bill, who also voted to confirm Eric Holder, and who won't have to worry about another primary for five years is going to give thumbs down to Lynch just because she thinks Obama's executive order on immigration is perfectly legal?

Back behind bars for man who fled prison, bolted for Mexico.  Life just got tougher for Ruben Galvan, an American citizen who is back behind bars in the United States after escaping from a U.S. federal prison last year and fleeing to Mexico.  Galvan, 34, was flown to Houston and into the arms of waiting deputy U.S. marshals this week after being kicked out of Mexico for being an undocumented immigrant.

Obama's Attorney General Nominee: Argument For Executive Amnesty Seems 'Reasonable'.  President Obama's nominee for Attorney General dodged important questions about the president's executive amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants, but indicated that the legal argument was "reasonable."  During a Senate Judiciary Hearing this morning, nominee Loretta Lynch explained that she was "not involved" in the administration's decision on Obama's executive decision and therefore was unable to "comment on the particulars."  She indicated that she has had the opportunity to review the president's decision prior to the hearing as well as the arguments surrounding the case.

Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch: I Haven't Been Briefed on The IRS Scandal and Therefore Can't Comment.  During testimony and questioning from lawmakers Wednesday [1/28/2015] on Capitol Hill, attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch failed to answer questions about the Department of Justice role in the IRS targeting scandal, arguing because she hasn't been briefed on the case in her capacity as U.S. Attorney, she can't comment.

Loretta Lynch: Illegal Aliens Have Right to Work As Much As American Citizens.  President Barack Obama's nominee to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General of the United States, Loretta Lynch, said on Wednesday [1/28/2015] during a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing that she thinks illegal aliens have the same right to work in America as American citizens do.

Loretta Lynch's Secret Docket.  It should go without saying that the U.S. attorney general, as our nation's chief law-enforcement officer, is expected to wield the Justice Department's full powers to fight for those victimized by crime.  It should also go without saying that federal prosecutors routinely make deals with criminals to secure convictions for other, larger crimes, or to save themselves time and the taxpayers' money — and that those criminals' victims sometimes come out the losers in such deals.  Yet new evidence suggests that Loretta Lynch, President Obama's pick to take DOJ's reins from Eric Holder, may have gone beyond the accepted norms of prosecutorial conduct in her time in charge of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York.  Lynch appears to have let self-professed criminals walk free in exchange for their cooperation with her office, watched impassively as they committed further crimes, and intentionally kept the victims of those crimes in the dark — denying them their chance to seek tens or hundreds of millions of dollars in restitution in direct contravention of federal law.

Eric Holder's Replacement.  David Vitter believes that Loretta Lynch, President Obama's attorney-general nominee, might be even more dangerous than Eric Holder, the man she will replace if confirmed.  The Louisiana senator met privately with Lynch this week in his capacity as a Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.  He tells NRO that Lynch, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, is quieter and more restrained than Holder, which he worries will deflect attention from some of the Justice Department's more outrageous actions and policies.  Vitter's warning about Lynch should not be taken lightly.

Loretta Lynch: Soft on Political Corruption, Perfect Obama AG.  Loretta Lynch, President Obama's nominee for Attorney General, is the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.  Team Obama is hoping that her status as a prosecutor will help her through the confirmation process.  Republicans would do well to remember that Eric Holder was also a U.S. Attorney.  Aspects of Lynch's record as prosecutor bring Eric Holder to mind.  This article by the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) argues that Lynch does not aggressively prosecute political corruption, at least when it is committed by Democrats.

Loretta Lynch deprived victims of fraud chance to recover $40 million.  More than a year before President Obama nominated federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch to be attorney general, a former federal judge quietly called on Congress to investigate her U.S. attorney's office for trampling on victims' rights.  Paul Cassell, a law professor at the University of Utah, said Ms. Lynch's office, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, never told victims in a major stock fraud case that a culprit had been sentenced — denying them a chance to seek restitution of some $40 million in losses.

Is Loretta Lynch Another Eric Holder? Here's What We Know About Her Troubling Past.  The early signs are that Loretta Lynch may share some of the same troubling views as outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder.  That makes it even more important the Senate do a thorough review and vetting of her nomination by President Obama to be the new attorney general.  This is particularly true for those who understand how important the rule of law is to our constitutional system, something that Holder has damaged during his tenure.

Obama Pick for AG Let HSBC Off the Hook.  Yesterday a group consisting mainly of "American service members or family members of soldiers killed in Iraq" filed a lawsuit in Brooklyn that accuses some of the biggest banks in the world of financing terrorism. [...] According to a Matt Taibbi blockbuster in Rolling Stone, HSBC, indirectly and directly, laundered hundreds of millions of dollars for entities that included Mexican drug cartels, Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Russian gangs, Iran, and North Korea.

Loretta Lynch Belonged to Jew-Hating, Pro-Terrorist Harvard Group.  Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch belonged to a student group that brought Jew-hating Palestinian terrorists to Harvard Law School every year she was a member.  Lynch belonged to the Harvard Black Law Students Association (BLSA) from 1981-1984 when she was a student.  During those years the radical black group brought representatives from the Palestinian Liberation Operation (PLO).  The group's leader, Mohammed Kenyatta, called for the "liberation of Palestine" and expressed support for the terrorist organization.

Dems unlikely to ram through Obama's attorney general pick.  President Obama will have to get his nominee for attorney general past a Republican-controlled Senate, Democratic and Republican aides say.  A packed schedule after the election is almost certain to push the vetting process for Loretta Lynch into January, when Republicans are set to take power in the upper chamber.  "It seems likely [the Lynch vote] would be in the next Congress.  It's difficult to process an [attorney general] that quickly," said a Democratic aide.

An anti-voter ID nominee: Loretta Lynch poised to replace Holder.  President Obama has introduced Brooklyn federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch, 55, as an accomplished prosecutor.  But as the nation's attorney general, she's going to be wielding great legal power in many ways.  "The (United States) attorney general is probably the most powerful executive branch cabinet official in the country outside of Secretary of Defense," says Hans von Spakovsky of The Heritage Foundation.  Not much is known about Lynch's background and her views, he says, but what is known is that she has a connection to Attorney General Eric Holder:  she sat on an advisory committee of U.S. attorneys.

Eric Holder's Perfect Successor.  It would be difficult to imagine any Attorney General nominee who could guarantee a more seamless transition from the Eric Holder years than Loretta Lynch, who has been the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York since 2010.  Her uncanny ability to detect phantoms of white racism lurking ominously around every corner is proof-positive of her fitness to serve as Holder's successor in the Obama administration.

What We Know About Loretta Lynch So Far — And It's Not Pretty.  The announcement during the lame duck session is an obvious attempt to get her approved and in the saddle before the congress gets seated.  That in itself is disturbing, since it indicated that her views are probably radical enough that she would be unable to be confirmed otherwise.  The indications of exactly how radical she might be are limited thus far but revealing.  Among other things, she is close to Obama intimate Al Sharpton, who obviously vetted her.

Obama AG Nominee Lynch: Voter ID Laws were Passed by Racist Southerners, Must be Stopped.  In a speech given at Long Beach earlier this year, President Obama's new nominee for Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, specifically called out voter ID laws as racist and schools as disproportionately using zero tolerance policies against minorities.  The video was uncovered by Pundit Press.  The remarks came at the end of a long speech, explaining the examples that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela set for people.  Ms. Lynch then began talking about the inequities that she sees in the United States.

Here we go again: AG nominee Loretta Lynch wants to free blacks from the 'Prison of Racism'.  If confirmed, it looks as if Barack Obama's nominee for Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, will be carrying out Eric Holder's politics of racial vengeance.  Based on her family history, social justice statements and close ties to black activists, Lynch will deploy law enforcement resources based on race and political ideology, not on the rule of law.

Ted Cruz and Mike Lee demand answers on immigration from Obama's AG nominee.  Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee are calling on Loretta Lynch to say whether she supports executive action providing relief to millions of illegal immigrants.  President Obama formally announced on Saturday morning [11/8/2014] his decision to name Lynch, a U.S. attorney for New York, as his nominee to replace Eric Holder as attorney general.  Lynch would be the first African-American woman to head the Justice Department and the second woman in history.

Loretta Lynch Will Carry on Holder's Civil Rights Legacy, Obama Says.  As one of the longest-serving attorneys general in U.S. history prepares to leave office, President Obama made it clear today that the woman he's nominated to be Eric Holder's successor will be expected to pick up right where he left off on civil rights.

Obama to nominate Loretta Lynch as attorney general.  US President Barack Obama has chosen New York federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch to replace Eric Holder as US attorney general, the White House says.  If the Senate confirms her appointment, Ms Lynch will be the first African-American woman to head the US Justice Department.

President Obama expected to nominate Loretta Lynch as Attorney General.  Loretta Lynch, the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, is expected to be President Barack Obama's pick for Attorney General, U.S. officials briefed on the matter told CNN.  An announcement is expected in the coming days, though timing is complicated by the president's plans to travel to Asia this weekend.



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