Former President Bill Clinton and US Attorney General Loretta Lynch met in a private plane at a Phoenix airport on Thursday. Both parties claim it was unplanned and that they did not discuss the FBI investigation regarding Benghazi or the private email server.
According to CBS News, Lynch painted the meeting at Sky Harbor International Airport as one that was spontaneous, cordial, and strictly personal.
“Actually while I was landing at the airport, I did see President Clinton at the Phoenix airport as I was leaving, and he spoke to myself and my husband on the plane. Our conversation was a great deal about his grandchildren. It was primarily social and about our travels. He mentioned the golf he played in Phoenix, and he mentioned travels he’d had in West Virginia.”
Lynch emphasized that Hillary Clinton’s problems were not discussed at any point during the impromptu encounter.
“There was no discussion of any matter pending for the department or any matter pending for any other body.”
A reporter asked about the appearance of impropriety. Lynch brushed it off stating that her agency will always “follow the facts and the law” regarding the Hillary Clinton investigation.
As another CBS News reporter, Paul Reid, noted, Lynch does not back away from a fight, so the excuse that she felt compelled to do so by Bill Clinton simply doesn’t wash.
“She’s stood up to El Chapo, she has taken on FIFA — she is not incapable of telling someone, ‘Look, you can’t come on my plane.'”
One has to ask, why would Lynch allow Clinton — the husband of a woman under FBI investigation — on her plane, not for five minutes, but for 30 minutes? What was the purpose of their meeting? Most people aren’t buying the personal visit story, and quite frankly, Lynch’s long-winded explanation of it is doing little more than giving her a lot of rope to hang herself with — figuratively speaking.
Was information exchanged between the two that they aren’t admitting during the 30-minute meeting? One might argue that it was actually a strategic plan in order to help Hillary moving toward the convention. How would this work?
It could work this way: The personal meeting between Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch at Sky Harbor airport could ensure that Lynch has to recuse herself and appoint a special prosecutor if FBI recommends indictment. This would further delay the case and, possibly, push it into next year. Also if Hillary wins, then she could resign and have her Vice President pardon her after taking office.
Sources told local news ABC 15 that the former President was informed Lynch was arriving in town soon, so he waited in his plane for her.
The Phoenix Business Blog reports that Lynch was in town to talk about community policing, while Clinton was conveniently in town to attend a Latino Leaders Roundtable.
How is it that both just so happened to have planned events in Phoenix at the same time, and why did Bill Clinton want to wait on the tarmac for a meeting with Lynch? And how is it that he recognized Lynch’s plane as one she uses often, and her plane parked within walking distance to his own?
And why, when Hillary Clinton is under intense public and federal scrutiny, would Bill and Loretta Lynch make a decision that will no doubt leave critics and supporters alike wondering how their meeting isn’t a conflict of interest for the Attorney General?
The Hill reported in February that Republicans had called for Lynch to step aside and bring in a special prosecutor, but so far, she has not done so. Although Hillary and Loretta are reportedly not close, Lynch does have a history with former President Clinton. The Attorney General was appointed as the US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York back in 1999. According to former colleagues, Lynch and the former president did not have much contact with each other, either.
If Lynch and Clinton were mere acquaintances, why did she invite Bill onto her private jet for an impromptu meeting?
Back in March, Hillary won a hotly contested Democratic primary against Sen. Bernie Sanders. Two-thirds of polls were eliminated and voters were forced to wait for up to five hours in some areas just to cast a ballot. A lawsuit against the results was thrown out, but as of April, the US Justice Department is also investigating for possible fraud and wrongdoing.
Did the Lynch-Clinton meeting have anything to do with that, as well? Or did it have anything to do with the Republican report on Benghazi that came out hours later?
Even if Loretta Lynch is telling the truth that the encounter was a personal visit, the fact remains is that it was wrong. The possible scenarios between the three people — Lynch’s husband was also present — are virtually endless. The meeting was hugely improper, and reeks of House of Cards-style intrigue. It should also immediately disqualify Lynch from any position and authority over the Clinton email investigation. If the FBI recommends an indictment, Hillary should also be immediately disqualified from the presidential race and forbidden to run for any office in the future.
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