Senate Dems defend Lynch after Clinton meeting

Loretta Lynch
Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. Lynch announced a federal civil rights investigation of the Chicago police department. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON (AP) – Top Senate Democrats are defending Attorney General Loretta Lynch after she met with former President Bill Clinton.

New York Sen. Charles Schumer said nothing “discussed was related to the investigation” into presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s private email server and possible security lapses.

Bill Clinton and Lynch had an impromptu meeting Monday at the Phoenix airport. Lynch said they discussed Clinton’s grandchildren and that “there was no discussion of any matter pending for the department.”

The FBI is investigating the possible mishandling of sensitive information that passed through Clinton’s server, which was used for personal and government correspondence while she was secretary of state. Some Republicans are calling for an independent counsel to look into the matter.

Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said no one has questioned Lynch’s strong feelings about the rule of law and her ethics “are the best.”

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