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Elizabeth Harrington on Lynch: She Should Recuse Herself

• July 1, 2016 3:11 pm

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Washington Free Beacon reporter Elizabeth Harrington said that Attorney General Loretta Lynch should recuse herself from the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server and get away from the controversy.

Happening Now co-host Jon Scott said that it seemed as if the private meeting between Lynch and former president Bill Clinton was supposed to be kept private, citing the reporter who broke the story who said the FBI wanted no video or pictures of the event. It got out, however, and criticism rang out from both sides of the aisle over the appearance of impropriety.

"Do you think, Elizabeth, that he really thought it would get out?" he said. "I mean, to hear the reporter, he said no pictures allowed and people were told to keep camera phones in their pockets, and Bill Clinton walked onto her plane down there on the tarmac in the Phoenix airport. It all sounds very cloak-and-dagger to me."

Harrington said that it certainly seemed that way. She said that the prospect of having a thirty-minute private conversation solely about grandchildren was also pretty ridiculous.

"It certainly seems like he didn't want people to know he was meeting with the attorney general," she said. "But the fact is he did and the idea that they were just talking about their grandkids for 30 minutes is pretty ridiculous. And, the legal standard for recusal is not just impropriety, it's the appearance of impropriety. Clearly, Democrats have said the optics of this is are very bad. She should recuse herself. Today, her comments, she still gave herself a little bit of wiggle room there. ‘I fully expect to accept their recommendations.’ But, so she's still leaving room there. I don't see why she doesn't recuse herself and get away from this controversy."

Harrington was also asked about Donald Trump's chances in Colorado.

"Well, it's hard to say because look, Hillary only has a one point lead over Trump right now even though she spent three million in the state," she said. "She has campaigned there. Trump has not campaigned there at all. This is the first event in Colorado. So, I think there is a lot of time for him to come out on top really."