Lynch: No 'artificial deadline' on Clinton email probe

Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Monday evening the Department of Justice won't adhere to an "artificial deadline" in deciding to review any possible criminal charges relating to Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonSanders looks to Golden State for comeback hopes Secret Service protects Sanders as audience members rush stage Ex-pharma CEO Martin Shkreli: I didn’t endorse Trump MORE's email arrangement.

"Shouldn't American voters know Hillary Clinton's legal status as they get prepared to head to the polls?" Fox News host Bret Baier pressed after Lynch declined to offer a timetable. 

"What they should know and what I hope they do know is that any case the Department of Justice looks at is going to be handled efficiently, fairly, thoroughly without any kind of artificial deadline on it, because what's most important is to follow the facts, follow the law and come to an independent conclusion as to what may or may not have happened," Lynch responded.

Lynch has repeatedly shied away from commenting on the progress of the Clinton probe, which has been going on for months at the FBI as the former secretary of State proceeds in the Democratic presidential primary. 

During the rare Fox News appearance — which the network said was the first by an attorney general in nine years, going beyond President Obama's administration — Lynch pushed back on comparisons between the Clinton case and that of former Gen. David Petraeus.

"I think every case is different. We look at the facts in evidence based on the information available in every matter," Lynch said. 

She also pushed back when asked if she maintained a private email server, telling Fox News, "I use the Department of Justice email system."

Lynch's interview aired as the final batch of emails was rleased by the State Department from Clinton's time as secretary, including a number that have since been classified.

It also comes on the eve of Super Tuesday, when 11 will hold voting in the Democratic primary as Clinton looks to fend of Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders looks to Golden State for comeback hopes Secret Service protects Sanders as audience members rush stage Five things Clinton needs to do to win the California primary MORE following a huge win in South Carolina on Saturday. 

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