REPUBLICAN SENATOR CORNYN CALLS FOR SPECIAL COUNSEL TO INVESTIGATE CLINTON EMAILS

Washington Times on September 15, 2015, reported that a top Republican called for Attorney General Loretta Lynch to name a special prosecutor to oversee the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s emails, saying Americans need greater assurance that any wrongdoing will be investigated without fear of political influence from President Obama and his team.

Sen. John Cornyn, the second-ranking Republican in the upper chamber, said Mrs. Clinton’s public denials about having sent classified information have “proved untrue” and it’s incumbent on the Obama administration to look beyond political considerations and name an outside investigator.

The Justice Department already faces a conflict. It is defending Mrs. Clinton’s email practices in court, even as it is investigating her handling of her server and the email account she set up for herself during her four years as secretary of state.

The FBI has taken control of Mrs. Clinton’s server, and a federal judge has prodded the administration to see whether any of Mrs. Clinton’s deleted emails may be recoverable.

Mr. Cornyn said Mrs. Clinton’s wrongdoing extends beyond mishandling classified information, and also includes thwarting the Freedom of Information Act by keeping her emails outside of official department records for nearly six years, taking it upon herself to decide which emails to return to the government and which to keep private.

…at least one federal judge has already said Mrs. Clinton violated policy, and Judicial Watch, a conservative public interest law firm that has filed more than a dozen open-records lawsuits trying to pry loose emails from Mrs. Clinton and her aides, says she broke State Department rules that require her, upon leaving government service, to work with open-records specialists to decide which records must be kept.

Polling suggests the email controversy has dented Mrs. Clinton’s presidential hopes, with 59 percent of voters saying it’s likely she broke the law, according to a Rasmussen Reports survey…

Even among Democrats, 37 percent said it’s likely she broke the law and 16 percent said they think it’s very likely.

Comment: The naming of a special prosecutor is certainly long overdue in the Clinton email case. The present administration is protecting her but voters must know before the 2016 election if Clinton broke the law.

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