Attorney General Loretta Lynch Testifies before Judiciary Committee
By: Erin Johnson, Xiro Xone News July 12, 2016 Updated: 6:24 PM
US Attorney General Loretta Lynch testified before The House Judiciary Committee Tuesday, she was questioned on subjects that ranged from the San Bernardino shootings to Lynch’s personal meeting with former President Bill Clinton.
The Committee returned to questioning presumptive Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton about her use of email.
Attorney General Lynch deflected questions about the department's inquiry into Clinton's use of a private email system while she was secretary of state, an issue that has hounded her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.
"Lynch has no intention of answering ... even the most basic questions about the legal elements the government is obligated to prove in a criminal prosecution," said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, a Republican.
Democrats on the committee tried to steer the hearing to questions about the spate of gun violence that has frayed community-police relations across the country.
Following the videotaped shootings by police of two African-American men — Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota — a gunman in Dallas last week killed five police officers at a rally protesting the shootings.
"I have great respect for my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, but we are in the midst of a gun violence epidemic here in America," said Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., said. He called the Republican-led hearing a "fishing expediton" and a ”reckless legislative joy ride” designed to "crash and burn."
Lynch’s department is investigating Sterling's death and could open a probe of Castile’s. She has made police-community relations a central issue of her tenure since being confirmed as the nation’s highest law enforcement official, the first African-American woman to hold the job.
She stressed that the department would continue to provide support and resources to police and citizens "in their efforts to build strong and more united communities."
"As we grapple with the aftermath of these events, the Department of Justice will continue to do everything in our power to build bonds of trust and cooperation between law enforcement and the communities we serve," Lynch said. "That work has never been more difficult — or more important."