We all remember when Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton just happened to bump into each other in private planes last year just prior to the FBI declaring that Hillary had done tons of illegal stuff with her emails but didn’t mean to so it was no biggie. At the time, Lynch and her lackeys declared she and Bill just had a little chat about grandkids and stuff. Apparently, though, it turns out that Lynch needed her staff to prepare talking points for her to talk about her grandkids with Bill.
Well, now, that sounds rather unusual. The meeting happened on June 29, 2016 but the press didn’t find out about it until two days later. Then on July 5, only six days after the tarmac meeting, Lynch’s lackey at the FBI, a chap by the name of Comey (you may have heard of him) says Hillary is off the hook with her email scandal.
Meh. I’m sure it was on the up and up, right? After all, Lynch was a member of the most ethical and transparent administration in history.
From the Washington Free Beacon:
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 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 Lynch played any role in trying to influence the scope or intensity of the FBI’s investigation into the Hillary Clinton email scandal.
Prior to her legal work with Lynch at Justice, Herwig was a special assistant and associate counsel to President Obama.
Newly released Justice Department emails show that Herwig, whose title was counselor to the attorney general at the time, helped edit the first media statement responding to inquiries about the tarmac meeting. Those emails were included in 413 pages of Justice Department documents the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) obtained through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.
The emails show that on June 29, 2016, two 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, emailed her FBI counterpart to “flag” the media stories about the tarmac meeting that she noted were “gaining traction tonight.”
Newman included a transcript of a question Lynch answered about the meeting the following day, as well as Justice Department talking points on the topic, which are redacted in the emails.
“Our talkers on this are below, along with the transcript of the Phoenix presser, where she was asked about this,” Newman said in the email. “Happy to discuss further by phone. Please let me know if you get any questions about this. Thanks.”
Just 19 minutes earlier, Newman had emailed the same Lynch transcript to an assistant press secretary at the White House.
Additionally, Lynch’s deputy chief of staff contacted Comey’s chief of staff and counselor, Jim Rybicki, July 1 but the email string noting that contact is heavily redacted.
The tarmac meeting occurred at the end of an FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of private email servers while secretary of state and just as the presidential campaign was intensifying last summer.
Before the tarmac meeting, Lynch would have been the official to determine whether to pursue criminal action against Clinton. But after it, she said she would accept the recommendation from the FBI and career prosecutors at the conclusion of their investigation.
More at the link.