WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Thursday said the U.S. Justice Department's investigation into Hillary Clinton's email use is being driven by facts and should be free of political interference.

"The rule of law is paramount," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters at a daily press briefing following reports that the U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch had a meeting with former President Bill Clinton.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason, Mohammad Zargham and Adam DeRose; Writing by Susan Heavey; Editing by Tom Brown)