After being denied the information they requested since last July, the non-profit American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) has finally obtained hundreds of pages of documents regarding former Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s tarmac meeting with former President Bill Clinton while the Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI had an ongoing criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails. The results are shocking.
The first thing the new information proves is the fact that Comey’s FBI hid the truth. “Last July, we sent FOIA requests to both the Comey FBI and the Lynch DOJ asking for any documents related to the Clinton Lynch plane meeting,” said the ACLJ. The FBI, under the then directorship of James Comey, replied that “No records responsive to your request were located.”
Documents received from the Department of Justice include several emails from the FBI to DOJ officials concerning that very meeting. One with the subject line “FLAG” turned out to be correspondence between FBI officials (Richard Quinn, FBI Media/Investigative Publicity, and Michael Kortan) and DOJ officials concerning “flag[ing] a story . . . about a casual, unscheduled meeting between former president Bill Clinton and the AG.” The DOJ official instructs the FBI to “let me know if you get any questions about this” and provides “[o]ur talkers [DOJ talking points] on this”. The talking points, however, are redacted.
Another email to the FBI contains the subject line “security details coordinate between Loretta Lynch/Bill Clinton?” But the information it contained was redacted.
Reporters with the Washington Post and New York Times didn’t seem to be too excited about covering the private tarmac meeting, the emails show. The ACLJ stated, “There is clear evidence that the main stream media was colluding with the DOJ to bury the story.”
Mark Landler, a reporter for the Times, is seen in one June 30 email reaching out to a DOJ official to say he’s “been pressed into service to write about the questions being raised” by the meeting.
Matt Zapotosky with the Post emailed a DOJ official the same day after several other emails to say that his editors “are still pretty interested” in the story but that he wanted to “put it to rest.”
In public comments Lynch made after the meeting, she said that she and Clinton had met on the tarmac in Phoenix to discuss “primarily social” matters and suggested that the meeting was by chance.
But at the time, Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was under federal investigation for her use of a private email server as a top government official.
When news initially broke of the meeting, the Times did not publish any stories about the meeting for more than 24 hours, the Washington Examiner reported.
Even Lynch’s Justice Department publicly noted that hardly anyone from the mainstream media was covering the story. The ACLJ reported: “Two days after the meeting, DOJ officials in a chain of emails that includes emails to Attorney General Lynch herself stated that the media coverage of the meeting ‘looks like all or most are FOX’ and that ‘CBS . . . just says a few lines about the meeting.’”
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