Remember that meeting between former President Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch, which occurred at an airport in Arizona over the summer, well the U.S. attorney general now regrets it. Many people are still trying to figure out how such a foolish and unprofessional thing could have happened in the first place. On June 28, while Hillary Clinton was trying to reach voters and attempting to climb in the polls, she was also being investigated by the FBI for the use of a private email server.
FBI Director James Comey was actively searching for evidence that the former secretary of state shared classified emails with family members and officials who were not authorized to view such documents.
Comey was also looking at the possibility that the server may have been hacked. With such interest into the former first lady’s emails, the ex-president did not find anything else better to do than to request a meeting with Lynch. Moreover, this was not any gathering.
Mr. Clinton and Mrs. Lynch just happened to be at the same airport at the same time, and the former commander-in-chief left his private plane and went to speak to the chief legal officer who was on the tarmac.
No one truly knows what was said between the pair, but news of the meeting led to screaming headlines such as “snakes on a plane,” “Bubba asks the attorney general to go easy on his wife,” and “corruption on the tarmac.” Furious Democrats and Republicans bashed both Clinton and Lynch, the backlash prompted her to issue a brief statement to say that their conversation was “primarily social.”
However, the damage was already done; many political experts say that a frustrated Comey believed that the Obama administration was working to help Clinton, pushing him to drop two major bombshells hours from Election Day.
Even Mrs. Clinton has agreed that along with the Russian hacking, Comey’s revelations caused her to lose the 2016 presidential race.
Sunday, Lynch sat down with Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union” where she said that she regretted the meeting. She revealed: “I do regret sitting down and having a conversation with him because it did give people concern. Moreover, as I said, my greatest concern has always been making sure that people understand that the Department of Justice works in a way that is independent and looks at everybody equally.”
Lynch added: “I wish I had seen around that corner and not had that discussion with the former president, as innocuous as it was, because it did give people concern. It did make people wonder is it going to affect the investigation that’s going on, and that is not something that was an unreasonable question for anyone to ask.”
She would not comment on Vladimir Putin’s meddling in the election but stated that the investigation is ongoing and they are taking it very seriously.