Lynch tells Colbert why she won't talk about Clinton probe

Attorney General Loretta Lynch declined to discuss the ongoing probe connected to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonNo Hillary — the 'Third Way' is the wrong way The dangerous erosion of Democratic Party foundations The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats see victory in a voting rights defeat MORE’s private email server during an appearance on CBS’s “The Late Show” with Stephen Colbert.

“I get asked this question a lot,” Lynch said.

“I’ve got to hear it: Do you ever answer this question?” responded Colbert, to laughs from the studio audience.

Earlier in the week, the attorney general had refused to discuss her role in the ongoing probe into the private email address and server Clinton used while secretary of State and whether classified information may have been mishandled.


On CBS on Thursday, Lynch defended her refusal to comment.

“The reason why we don't do that is so that no matter who's involved in a case — no matter whether they’re famous or you’ve never heard of them before — we do our investigations and our cases the same way every time,” she said.

“We’ve got career agents and lawyers looking at this. They look at the facts. They look at the law. They come to a recommendation. They do their job fairly and they do it independently,” she added.

“We have to do it that way with every case. Because if we changed that because of a political interest or a political issue — or just because of a famous name, if it wasn’t tied to politics — nobody would have faith in what we did.”

The FBI’s investigation connected to Clinton’s private server has gone on for months, raising speculation among some of the presidential candidate’s critics that she could be the subject of a criminal indictment.

Last week, news emerged that the department had granted immunity to a top IT aide who helped install the server in Clinton’s New York house, a signal that the probe might be evolving.