Former President Bill Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch held an impromptu meeting on an airport tarmac in Phoenix, Arizona on Wednesday. Under normal circumstances this sort of elbow rubbing between political elites wouldn’t send up any red flags, but unfortunately for Clinton and Lynch, circumstances aren’t normal. Clinton’s wife happens to be under multiple investigations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Lynch will be the one in the position to decide whether or not to prosecute her based on the results of said investigation.
To say that there is an appearance of impropriety would be a gross understatement.
But have no fear! We are told that the investigations into Hillary were not amongst the topics broached at the impromptu pow-wow.
The Detroit News reports:
Lynch told reporters that the meeting at a Phoenix airport on Monday was unplanned and happened while the former president was waiting to depart and walked over to the attorney general’s plane after she landed there.
Lynch was traveling with her husband and said her conversation with the former president “was a great deal about his grandchildren” and their travels. The former president, who recently became a grandfather for the second time, told her he had been playing golf in Arizona and they discussed former Attorney General Janet Reno, whom they both know.
“There was no discussion of any matter pending for the department or any matter pending for any other body. There was no discussion of Benghazi, no discussion of the State Department emails, by way of example,” Lynch said in Phoenix.
So there you have it. They just talked about golf and grandchildren. No impropriety there.
Of course, the meeting just happened to occur on the day Lynch’s Department of Justice filed a motion in federal court seeking a 27 month delay in releasing correspondence between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s four top aides and officials with the Clinton Foundation and Teneo Holdings. The documents are part of a freedom of information act request, and might give us some insight into how the Clinton Foundation operated while Hillary was Secretary of State. However, the Justice Department’s delay would set the release date of those documents as October of 2018, well after November’s presidential election.
Golf and grandkids. Nothing to see here folks.