Two weeks ago and just hours after officially endorsing Hillary Clinton's run for the White House, President Obama met with Attorney General Loretta Lynch in the Oval Office. It was closed to the press.
Earlier this week in Phoenix and just hours before the final Benghazi Select Committee report was released, former President Bill Clinton attended a private meeting with Lynch at the airport. The FBI, which falls under the jurisdiction of the Justice Department, is currently conducting a criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton for using a private email server to share classified information during her time at the State Department. The Clinton Foundation is also under FBI criminal investigation for alleged public corruption. From ABC15:
Amid an ongoing investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of email and hours before the public release of the Benghazi report, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch met privately with former President Bill Clinton.
The private meeting took place on the west side of Sky Harbor International Airport on board a parked private plane.
Former President Clinton was visiting the Phoenix area and arrived to Sky Harbor Monday evening to depart.
They want us to believe they talked about....grandchildren. Just like they want us to believe Hillary didn't want you to see her "personal" emails about yoga, which is why she deleted 30,000 of them.
Lynch said the private meeting on the tarmac did not involve these topics.
"Our conversation was a great deal about grandchildren, it was primarily social about our travels and he mentioned golf he played in Phoenix," said Lynch Tuesday afternoon while speaking at the Phoenix Police Department.
Democrats, who have been defending Clinton for years about her server, are irritated about Bill Clinton's decision to meet with Lynch in the middle of a criminal investigation. From POLITICO:
Democrats made clear that while the meeting was likely as innocent as Lynch described, it did not give the Justice Department the appearance of independence.
“I do agree with you that it doesn’t send the right signal,” Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) said Thursday in response to a question about the meeting from CNN “New Day” host Alisyn Camerota. “She has generally shown excellent judgment and strong leadership of the department, and I’m convinced that she’s an independent attorney general. But I do think that this meeting sends the wrong signal and I don’t think it sends the right signal. I think she should have steered clear, even of a brief, casual social meeting with the former president.”
Lynch, of course, will ultimately make the decision as to whether Clinton will be prosecuted should the FBI issue an indictment surrounding her use of a private email server to store and transfer top secret, classified information. She'll also make the final decision as to whether public corruption charges against the Clinton Foundation, if recommended by the FBI, should be pursued and prosecuted.