DOJ Sent FBI Key Points on Clinton-Lynch Phoenix Tarmac Meeting
Former US Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s close aide at the Department of Justice (DOJ) suggested edits to the FBI about the high-profile meeting between Ms. Lynch and former President Bill Clinton last year.
Ms. Lynch and Bill Clinton exchanged words in the DOJ jet on the Phoenix airport tarmac last Summer, during the FBI’s investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s e-Mail server.
“Newly released Justice Department emails show that Paige Herwig, whose title was counselor to the Attorney General at the time, helped edit the 1st media statement responding to inquiries about the tarmac meeting,” Susan Crabtree wrote for the Washington Free Beacon.
Former DOJ public affairs director Melanie Newman sent her counterpart at the FBI an e-Mail 2 days after the meeting, just as the media began to report on the story. She included a transcript of Ms. Lynch’s answers to Questions about the meeting asked the day before, and some talking points from the DOJ which were redacted.
“Our talkers on this are below, along with the transcript of the Phoenix presser, where she was asked about this,” Ms. Newman said in the e-Mail. “Happy to discuss further by phone. Please let me know if you get any questions about this. Thanks.”
Former FBI Director James Comey admitted in June that Ms. Lynch contacted him about the investigation, and “directed” him “not to call it an investigation” to term is a “matter.”
“That was one of the bricks in the load that led me to conclude, ‘I have to step away from the department if we are to close this case credibly,'” Mr. Comey added.