The story of the week has been the scandalous meeting between Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton on Lynch’s private aircraft in Phoenix, Arizona, and rightfully so considering it creates a massive conflict of interest. However, shortly after the nefarious meeting took place, Lynch made an utterly shocking statement.
Of course no such meeting is going to go unnoticed, although that’s exactly what Lynch and Clinton hoped was going to happen since neither one of them declared the meeting publicly and both of their protective details forbid any video or photography of the pair while they were together. In fact, had it not been for one brave local reporter, the public wouldn’t have ever known about the meeting, so we all owe him a huge debt of gratitude. But I digress.
The conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch caught wind of the inappropriate rendezvous and decided that someone needed to take action. It announced on Thursday that it has formally petitioned the Justice Department’s Inspector General to investigate the propriety of the meeting and take appropriate action.
In a statement, Judicial Watch had the following to say:
Additionally, there are press reports that a federal public corruption investigation is on-going concerning conflicts of interest and abuse of official government office involving the financial “commitments” to the Clinton Foundation, speaking fees for President Clinton and former Secretary Clinton’s official acts. President Clinton may be a target of that investigation.
Attorney General Lynch’s meeting with President Clinton creates the appearance of a violation of law, ethical standards and good judgment. Attorney General Lynch’s decision to breach the well-defined ethical standards of the Department of Justice and the American legal profession is an outrageous abuse of the public’s trust. Her conduct and statements undermine confidence in her ability to objectively investigate and prosecute possible violations of law associated with President Clinton and Secretary Clinton. This incident undermines the public’s faith in the fair administration of justice. Simply stated, Attorney General Lynch’s June 29, 2016 meeting with former President Clinton creates the broad public impression that “the fix is in.”
Judicial Watch requests your immediate and thorough investigation of the facts, circumstances, and appearances of ethical, regulatory and legal violations by Attorney General Lynch in connection with her meeting with former President William J. Clinton – and that you report your findings and recommendations to the American public.
The U.S. Code, reinforced by executive order and the Code of Federal Regulations, implicitly requires federal employees to avoid even the appearance of impropriety, and it’s safe to say this meeting falls into that category, even if Lynch says the two only talked about their family and golf (eyeroll). Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton agrees as well.
“Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s meeting with Bill Clinton severely undermined the already low public confidence in her agency’s criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton,” Fitton said. “In addition to this IG investigation, Judicial Watch has already sent Freedom of Information Act requests about this scandalous meeting.”
Apparently the pressure from both Democrats and Republicans caused Lynch to cave. In a shocking move early this morning, a Justice Department official said that Lynch would be announcing later today that regardless of what FBI Director James Comey recommends when it comes to charges for Hillary, she’s going to follow it.
ABC News has more:
“The Attorney General expects to receive and accept the determination and findings of the Department’s career prosecutors and investigators, as well as the FBI director,” the Justice Department official said today.
“Determinations as to whether to charge any individual, as well as the findings of the investigation, will be made by career prosecutors and investigators who have handled this matter since its inception,” and then those determinations and findings will be “reviewed” by senior career lawyers in the Justice Department and FBI Director James Comey, who will then brief the findings to Lynch, the official said.
Now that’s big news, considering that we all know Director Comey is a straight shooter, and if he does in fact find that Clinton violated the law, he won’t hesitate to recommend and indictment. So while Slick Willie and Lynch may have thought they were getting one over on the American people, their little slip up could turn out to be the best thing that could have happened.