FBI Director James Comey stunned everyone when he announced his recommendation that no charges be brought against Hillary Clinton.
Shortly after his announcement, Attorney General Loretta Lynch declared the Department of Justice would not pursue a criminal case against Hillary Clinton.
But it was what transpired before Attorney General Lynch announced the case closed that has many Americans wondering if Hillary Clinton committed another crime.
After Attorney General Lynch met with Bill Clinton on her plane in Phoenix, word leaked out that Hillary Clinton was considering retaining her as Attorney General should she win the election.
The New York Times reports:
“She hopes to reassure progressives with her executive actions, which would also include new protections for undocumented immigrant parents, as well as her personnel appointments. Having women make up half of her cabinet would be historic (in recent years, a quarter to a third of cabinet positions have been held by women), and Democrats close to Mrs. Clinton say she may decide to retain Ms. Lynch, the nation’s first black woman to be attorney general, who took office in April 2015.”
This story appeared on July 3rd, which was three days before Attorney General Lynch’s public statement that the Department of Justice would not bring charges against Hillary Clinton.
To many critics, this calculated leak appeared to be a bribe.
Title 18, Section 201 of the U.S. Criminal Code defines what constitutes offering a bribe to a public official:
(1) directly or indirectly, corruptly gives, offers or promises anything of value to any public official or person who has been selected to be a public official, or offers or promises any public official or any person who has been selected to be a public official to give anything of value to any other person or entity, with intent —
to influence any official act; or
to influence such public official or person who has been selected to be a public official to commit or aid in committing, or collude in, or allow, any fraud, or make opportunity for the commission of any fraud, on the United States; or
to induce such public official or such person who has been selected to be a public official to do or omit to do any act in violation of the lawful duty of such official or person.
Many Americans found it highly suspicious that Hillary Clinton would float an offer of allowing Loretta Lynch to remain as Attorney General before Lynch decided whether or not to pursue a criminal case against the former Secretary of State.
The story in the Times appears to fit the definition of offering something of value to influence an official act.
Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump pounced and hammered Hillary for her corrupt offer.
The Washington Post reports:
At a campaign rally here in Raleigh, Trump said, “… at least according to what I saw on television, which you can’t always believe … Clinton said today that we may consider the attorney general to go forward. That’s like a bribe isn’t it? Isn’t that sort of a bribe? I think it’s a bribe.”
“It’s a bribe!” he growled few moments later.
Did Hillary commit a crime by leaking that Loretta Lynch could be asked to serve as Attorney General in a Clinton administration?
Let us know in the comment section.