Becerra dodges VP question, calls Lynch-Clinton meeting a 'chance encounter' that 'won't be an issue'

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Rep. Xavier Becerra says any questions about the possibility of him being the Democratic vice-president pick should be asked to Hillary Clinton.

The California representative dodged the question about whether he is currently being vetted to be the presumptive nominee’s potential running mate during an appearance on Fox News Sunday.

“That’s a question that has to be asked to Secretary Clinton,” he said. “I have full faith and total confidence that she’s going to make a great decision.”

Becerra’s name has been floated around a potential vice president pick for Clinton along with the likes of Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro.

During his appearance on Fox News Sunday, Becerra also commented on the ongoing investigation against Clinton regarding the use of a private email server while she served as Secretary of State.

He said the recent meeting between Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton was a "chance encounter" that will not be an issue in the ongoing investigation by the FBI.

"The fact that the attorney general, whose integrity is not even in question, has said that she's going to rely on the recommendations of the FBI investigators and the career prosecutors at Justice is a clear sign that it won't be an issue here,” he said. “Because those who are doing the investigation, those who know the facts are going to make the final call.”

He added that Lynch recognized that her meeting with the former president last week raised questions and said she wouldn’t do it again.

“That quickly was followed by her statement where she said, ‘Let's be clear: The investigators at the FBI, the career prosecutors at Justice are the ones that are going to make a recommendation, and I'm going to accept the recommendation,’” he said. “So this way, that chance encounter doesn't seem to influence what's going on with this investigation.”

Lynch has said that she will accept whatever recommendations are made from FBI investigators and career prosecutors who are examining Clinton’s private email server. The case is being reviewed by FBI Director James Comey and senior officers within the Justice Department.

Becerra said the “chance encounter” between Bill Clinton and Lynch should not be a reason to stop the investigation’s process. He said he believes the attorney general did the right thing following their meeting last week.

"To the degree that there's any sense of the conversation that the President Bill Clinton had with the attorney general, I think she's made it very clear: 'If you don't believe what I'm telling you, that it was just a chance encounter, it was a social conversation, then let me make it clear,' " he said. "The folks who are doing the investigation ... they're the ones that are going to make the recommendation, and I am prepared to accept that recommendation."

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