By Brian Murphy and Ellen Nakashima,



Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch will support the recommendations from prosecutors and others leading probes into the use of a private email server by Hillary Clinton during her time as secretary of state, a Justice Department official said.

Lynch’s statement — expected later Friday during a gathering in Colorado — underscores the intense sensitivity surrounding the FBI and Justice investigations into the past use of an exclusive email server by the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

By promising to abide by the recommendations, Lynch would directly address worries by Clinton critics and others that she — as an Obama administration appointee — could ultimately overrule the investigators.

Her expected statement reflects an apparent desire to reinforce a by-the-book approach to the Clinton case, which has already played a dominant role in Republican attacks on the campaign trail.

Lynch planned to make the comments later Friday during an appearance with Washington Post editorial writer Jonathan Capehart at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado.

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A Justice Department official said the attorney general will accept the “determinations and findings of career prosecutors and lawyers as well as FBI investigators and director [James B.] Comey.” The official spoke on the condition of anonymity in advance of Lynch’s remarks. The New York Times first reported the expected Lynch comments.

The Justice official emphasized that the internal, step-by-step process to be outlined by Lynch is the common course. But it comes amid worries from Clinton critics and others of possible outside political influence swaying the investigations.

“There is unlikely a circumstance in which [Lynch] would not accept the determinations of the career prosecutors and investigators,” the official said.

Federal officials have already interviewed top Clinton aides, but have not yet questioned Clinton.

The issue of potential political intervention in the email case has sharpened in recent days after a private — and apparently chance — meeting between Lynch and former president Bill Clinton earlier this week at an airport in Arizona.

Lynch said the meeting was not planned and occurred when Clinton made a surprise visit to her plane on the tarmac at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Lynch on Wednesday described the conversation as a general chat about “his grandchildren and his travels and things like that.” She insisted that the email probe was not mentioned.

Republicans did not directly challenge Lynch’s account of the meeting but claimed that it raised the appearance of a possible conflict of interest and potential blows to the overall integrity of the probe.

The FBI is expected to make recommendations later this month to the Justice Department on the case as Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, prepares for November’s election.

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