Attorney General announces major decision in Clinton email case after ‘fallout’ from private meeting with Bill

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Talk about a bombshell!

Attorney General Loretta Lynch just made a big announcement in the Hillary Clinton email investigation on Friday...handing the final decision in the investigation over to the FBI.

"I'll be briefed on it, and I will be accepting their recommendations," Lynch promised.

That means the FBI could charge Clinton in the email case without Lynch's approval.

And no one saw that coming!

"This is something that is being handled completely independent of the President and completely independent of the White House," Josh Earnest, White House Press Secretary, announced.

The announcement comes after Lynch held a private meeting with former President Bill Clinton on her airplane in Phoenix earlier in the week, creating a political firestorm for the 'appearance of impropriety.'

"What on earth were you thinking?" an Aspen conference moderator asked Lynch. "What happened?"

"Well, as I've said, he said 'hello'....and we, we basically said 'hello,' Lynch responded. "And I congratulated him on his grandchildren, you know, as people are apt to do."

But President Clinton could be a witness in the email case and is certainly an interested party so that led to a political outcry!

Republicans like Texas Senator John Cornyn called for Lynch to "recuse" herself from the case saying, "I think she has to hand it off to a special prosecutor."

But New York Senator Chuck Schumer disagreed. "She has said nothing was discussed related to the investigation, so you have two choices:  to say 'this didn't matter' or 'she's lying,'" Schumer insisted. "I say 'it didn't matter.'"

But Bernie Sanders may be dancing a jig-- and might be dancing all the way to the Democratic nomination if Clinton were to be indicted.

The big question now is, "Just what will the FBI decide to do in the Clinton case?"

The FBI is reportedly scheduled to meet with Hillary on Saturday.

And....will the attorney general's decision 'not' to completely step away from the case be enough to satisfy angry Republicans?

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