It was a pretty safe assumption that, just like any other newly-redundant public official looking for a relatively painless cash grab, Loretta Lynch would be penning a memoir. What we didn’t realize is that, if things don’t go her way, it could end up being a prison memoir.
In an appearance on Fox Business on Tuesday, judicial pundit Andrew Napolitano said that if alleged communication between Loretta Lynch and former DNC head Debbie Wasserman Schultz actually exists, it amounts to “misconduct in office” by the former attorney general.
That, Napolitano said, could lead to serious bad news for Lynch — namely, up to a decade in jail.
The alleged letter in question was first reported by The New York Times back in January as being “written by a Democratic operative who expressed confidence that Ms. Lynch would keep the Clinton investigation from going too far, according to several former officials familiar with the document.”
The Washington Post reported in May that the alleged document was sent by DNC head Debbie Wasserman Schultz to an official at George Soros’ Open Society Foundations.
“Wasserman Schultz claimed Lynch had been in private communication with a senior Clinton campaign staffer named Amanda Renteria during the campaign. The document indicated Lynch had told Renteria that she would not let the FBI investigation into Clinton go too far, according to people familiar with it,” The Post reported.
ABC News reported on Friday that Senate investigators are looking into that alleged email as part of their investigation. If it’s a real email and its contents are accurate, Napolitano said it could mean Lynch will be spending a long time in prison.
“It is alleged, this document has not seen the light of day if it exists, that there is one or several emails between Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Loretta Lynch concerning the behavior that Loretta Lynch will take to further the DNC interests while Mrs. Lynch was the attorney general,” Napolitano said on Fox Business Tuesday. “That, if it happened, would be misconduct in office.”
“It’s a felony,” he continued. “Depending on what they charge her with, it could be five or 10 years in jail. It’s very serious. It’s the equivalent of obstruction of justice.”
Napolitano also said that Lynch’s alleged insistence that former FBI Director James Comey refer to the Clinton investigation as a “matter” was “terminology (that) may be indicative of a mindset on the part of Attorney General Lynch that she was going to do whatever she could to prevent Mrs. Clinton from getting indicted.”
“There is enough evidence here, just on the basis of the little snippets given to the Senate Intelligence Committee by former FBI Director Jim Comey, that Mrs. Lynch was either conflicted or working at odds with the Justice Department and in behalf of Mrs. Clinton’s campaign and the DNC when she told them to use different terminology for the investigation,” Napolitano said.
Now, let me be the first to state that a decade — or even half of one — sounds very optimistic (or pessimistic, if you happen to be a Lynch supporter) on Napolitano’s part. It’s pretty clear, however, that the former attorney general is about to enter a season of acute unpleasantness.
There’s a great irony about James Comey’s testimony in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee earlier this month. Even before it was given and in the absence of any real evidence, the fact that Comey’s testimony would send Donald Trump and his closest associates to jail became a hastily-established liberal shibboleth.
As the month of June draws to a close, one thing about James Comey’s testimony has become indisputable: if it ends up putting anyone in the slammer, it’ll be Loretta Lynch.
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