Bill & Loretta, a Happening on the Tarmac
When I last checked in on information regarding that Phoenix, Az tarmac meeting between then-US Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton the mainstream media was not interested in discussing the matter at all.
But as reporters continue to dig through the US Justice Department e-Mails obtained by the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, we learn that there were some people who were very interested in talking.
The people in question would be Ms. Lynch’s staff and they were having a flurry of discussions with none other than people in James Comey’s office.
You will recall that this was taking place just days before Director Comey would hold his bizarre press conference where essentially cleared Hillary Clinton of any criminal wrongdoing in the private e-Mail server scandal.
Only to reopen the investigation later.
So, if it was really just a casual, chance meeting to discuss grandchildren and golf, why would the US Attorney General’s office be sending out a flurry of messages to the FBI Director’s office?
It turns out that one of Ms. Lynch’s own attorneys was editing talking points for the White House in terms of how to address questions from the press and another of her people was sending talking points to the FBI.
One of former Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s top lawyers at the Justice Department helped edit Obama administration press statements about the infamous meeting between Ms Lynch and Bill Clinton on a tarmac last Summer.
The same attorney, Paige Herwig, is now the deputy general counsel for Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee. That panel is now investigating whether Ms. Lynch played any role in trying to influence the scope or intensity of the FBI’s investigation into the Hillary Clinton e-Mail scandal…
On June 29, 2016, 2 days after the Clinton-Lynch meeting when the national news media was first learning of the tarmac one-on-one, Melanie Newman, the then-director of public affairs at the Justice Department, e-Mailed her FBI counterpart to “Flag” the media stories about the tarmac meeting that she noted were “gaining traction tonight.”
Ms. Newman included a transcript of a question Ms. Lynch answered about the meeting the following day, as well as Justice Department talking points on the topic, which are redacted in the emails.
The 2 Big Q’s are:
- Ms. Lynch had, by that point, already essentially recused herself from the question of possible prosecution of Hillary Clinton, saying she would leave the decision entirely up to the FBI, so why was her staff sending a blizzard of information and press talking points to the FBI after the secret meeting was revealed?
- There are rules for when the government can or should redact information being released to the public. These can include privacy considerations if the personal information of individuals are included. Also, the government can withhold sensitive information which might endanger national security. But this was a document which contained a list of talking points to be used if they had to answer questions for the press. In what version of reality would a set of press talking points qualify for redaction?
The more we learn about this the worse the stench coming from the story becomes. The original explanation for how that meeting took place and the initial secrecy around it was laughable but it seemed as if we would never get any details.
Now Clinton, Lynch, Comey cover is blown. And it is fast approaching the point where both Ms. Lynch and Mr. Clinton need to be coming in to sit down and answer some questions under oath. James Comey is also in a hot seat now.