Hillary Clinton is spending her summer mulling the myriad reasons she lost the presidential election, writing a book on the subject set to hit shelves in the fall.
Based on her recent public appearances, Clinton has compiled a veritable laundry list of culprits, none of which appear to be herself or her campaign.
(At this point, it may be more efficient for Clinton to commission a reality show where the accused parties engage in a Hunger Games-style competition to determine who is truly responsible for handing the country a Trump presidency.)
The former secretary of state has repeatedly placed former FBI Director James Comey at the top of her list, citing his letter to Congress in late October notifying members that the investigation into Clinton's emails was reopened as the difference between a Clinton win and a Clinton loss. Clinton allies continue to ask why Comey publicly confirmed the FBI's investigation into their candidate but did not do the same regarding the investigation into Trump's campaign.
In his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, Comey pointed squarely to the conduct of Obama administration Attorney General Loretta Lynch as the justification for that decision. After confirming that Lynch's tarmac meeting with Bill Clinton contributed to his choice, Comey also revealed Lynch made another move that gave him pause as well.
"At one point," Comey explained, "the attorney general had directed me not to call it an investigation, but instead to call it a 'matter,' which confused me and concerned me, but that was one of the bricks in the load that led me to conclude I have to step away from the department if we're to close this case credibly."
Given this revelation, it is clear that Lynch's improper conduct led directly to Comey's publicly confirming the existence of the investigation.
So will Clinton foist any of the blame onto Lynch?
Of course not. Rather than engaging in an honest and productive conversation about the errors of her campaign, Clinton is lashing out at Comey, Russian hacking, the media, misogynists and more.
But given that Clinton appears to see Comey's intervention as the straw that broke the camel's back, it sure seems like Lynch deserves a chapter in her book.
Emily Jashinsky is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.