Will President Obama nominate Attorney General Loretta Lynch to the Supreme Court?
Will Hillary Clinton be indicted?
The answers to these questions could soon intersect and become a real-time political drama impacting the highest office and court in the land.
Let’s start with the first question.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch appears on every shortlist of President Obama’s Supreme Court nominees. It has also been reported that Obama will announce his decision shortly after the Senate returns to session on February 22. Therefore, one can surmise that his nominee is well-known on Capitol Hill and has had a prior Senate confirmation.
Obama is also betting that his nominee’s confirmation fight will work to the Democrats’ advantage in keeping the White House and winning back the Senate. Moreover, by stating that his nominee will be “indisputably qualified”, election year politics could force Senate Republicans into convening confirmation hearings.
Attorney General Lynch not only satisfies these speculative conditions, but as the first female African-American Supreme Court justice nominee she adds super-charged political optics.
With Lynch, President Obama knows he is mining electoral gold and garnering bragging rights with women and minorities — all while engaging in a new round of political gamesmanship.
And since Obama can count on racist/sexist overtones planted by Democrats in media, and on Capitol Hill, a Lynch nomination fight could be a win-win for him and his party.
Now for the second question. Will Hillary be indicted? (Which seems to be the proverbial 800-pound gorilla lurking in every conservative newsroom.)
The FBI’s ongoing and yet unresolved investigation of the Clintons is dragging on into the heart of the presidential primary season — making the ultimate decision appear more political.
Reportedly, FBI Director Comey has tasked 150 agents with determining whether classified material found on Hillary Clinton’s private email server endangered national security in violation of federal law during and after she served as Secretary of State.
And the case against her seems to grow stronger every day.
Concurrently, the investigation has been widened to include questionable activities, donations and quid pro quo business practices between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department.
At a minimum, digital footprints left on secure servers after data was transferred to Mrs. Clinton’s non-secure server, should provide Director Comey with enough evidence to bring and sustain a strong federal case against Mrs. Clinton and her staff of loyal enablers.
When Comey recommends (or has already recommended) that he seek a grand jury indictment against Hillary Clinton, it is Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Comey’s boss, who must grant approval in order for the FBI’s case to proceed.
Naturally, with the political stakes so high, and Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign hanging in the balance, the White House has repeatedly been accused of meddling in this case. A tipping point was reached on January 31, when Fox News famously described their FBI and Justice Department contacts as “super pissed off to use a technical term.”
When the FBI/Justice Dept. investigation is concluded, any announcement decision will be cataclysmic — but more so if President Obama nominates Attorney General Loretta Lynch to the Supreme Court.
Here are five possible scenarios:
- Attorney General Lynch is nominated. Shortly after, FBI Director Comey seeks to indict Hillary Clinton. Lynch agrees with Comey that Clinton harmed national security and violated federal law(s). The case moves forward. As a result, Lynch becomes a Republican hero and her chances of donning a flowing black robe are much improved.
- Lynch is nominated. During her nomination process Comey seeks to indict Clinton and Lynch rejects his request. (This may have already happened but has not been announced.) Fireworks explode inside Lynch’s Senate confirmation hearings as she takes heat for being Obama’s political henchwoman.
- As a result of the above, Comey resigns in protest, citing mountains of digital evidence for indicting Clinton. Disgusted with the politics, Comey goes public and becomes a Republican hero.
- With no decision in the Clinton case yet, Lynch is nominated and immediately resigns as attorney general so she can focus full-time on her Senate confirmation hearings. Lynch dodges a political firestorm. (Well, maybe.)
- Lynch has resigned and Comey seeks to indict Clinton. He must now gain approval from the new acting attorney general, most likely Sally Q. Yates, who is currently deputy attorney general. If Yates rejects Comey’s request, then repeat items two and three.
If President Obama believes that nominating Loretta Lynch is a political plus, these scenarios are being discussed as of this writing. But perhaps Obama won’t nominate Lynch because he knows that she will be embroiled in the Clinton case no matter which course of action she takes.
Stayed tuned folks because a real-time House of Cards is coming soon.
Finally and related is this apt description of Hillary Clinton’s State Department voiced on February 13 by longtime Democrat pollster and former Jimmy Carter adviser, Pat Caddell:
“This is the greatest scandal in the history of the United States. They all ought to be indicted. This is worse than Watergate.
“They were selling out the national interests of the United States directly to adversaries and others for money. There is just nothing that satisfies them. They are the greediest white trash I have ever seen.”
Loretta Lynch, are you listening?