Report: Lynch will accept FBI recommendation on Clinton email case
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Attorney General Loretta Lynch will announce Friday that she plans to rely on the opinion of the FBI and career prosecutors on whether to press charges over former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCornyn spox: Neera Tanden has 'no chance' of being confirmed as Biden's OMB pick Groups seek to get Black vote out for Democrats in Georgia runoffs Biden's political position is tougher than Trump's MORE’s use of a private email server, a Justice Department official told The New York Times.

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The decision comes amid a political firestorm over a private meeting Lynch had with former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonOne-termers: What Trump can learn from Carter and Bush's re-election losses Biden's climate plans can cut emissions and also be good politics Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College MORE on Monday at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. The former president has been on the campaign trail for his wife's White House bid. Hillary Clinton is the Democratic Party's presumptive nominee for president.

Many Republicans are calling for Lynch to recuse herself from the investigation, saying that the meeting shows a lack of judgment on her part and raises the possibility that partisan politics could shape the outcome of the case.

An unidentified official told the Times that Lynch for months had been mulling over the move to rely on the recommendation of the FBI and career prosecutors, but the furor over the meeting had forced the decision.

Lynch will give a speech on Friday in Aspen, Colo., during which she is expected to make the announcement.