The FBI has revealed that it has found some 30 pages of documentation concerning the Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting.
Last year, the Bureau insisted when questioned by the watchdog group Judicial Watch that it had no records relating to the June 2016 Phoenix airport meeting between former President Bill Clinton and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
The meeting occurred at a time when the Justice Department was investigating Hillary Clinton’s misuse of a personal server for handling classified emails.
In August of this year, the American Center for Law and Justice, headed by attorney Jay Sekulow, released emails they obtained that had been exchanged between the FBI and the Department of Justice containing information about the tarmac meeting.
After those emails were released, the FBI acknowledged that it did in fact retain documentation concerning the controversial meeting.
Judicial Watch, employing the Freedom of Information Act, is giving the FBI until the end of November to release the documents.
The Daily Caller reports:
After the release of those documents, the FBI acknowledged that it had possession of some records related to the meeting. The bureau’s attorneys informed Judicial Watch that, “Upon further review, we subsequently determined potentially responsive documents may exist.”
It is unclear what documents about the tarmac meeting the FBI has in its possession, but Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton calls the FBI’s new disclosure “stunning.”
“The FBI is out of control,” Fitton said in a statement.
“It is stunning that the FBI ‘found’ these Clinton-Lynch tarmac records only after we caught the agency hiding them in another lawsuit.”
“Judicial Watch will continue to press for answers about the FBI’s document games in court. In the meantime, the FBI should stop the stonewall and release these new records immediately,” he added.
The FBI has until Nov. 30 to hand the newly discovered documents over to Judicial Watch.
The FBI’s document disclosure comes at an inconvenient time for Loretta Lynch. She’ll be interviewed by Congressional committee members next week. Now that the FBI will soon be handing over documents, she’ll need to keep that in mind if she’s questioned about the tarmac meeting.
As the committee investigates potential Russian involvement in the US presidential campaigns and the firing of ex-FBI Director James Comey, Lynch will need to be careful about what she tells the committee, considering the upcoming document release.
Lynch encouraged Comey to call the FBI’s probe on the Clinton email controversy a “matter” instead of a criminal investigation.
The Daily Mail reports:
President Obama’s Attorney General Loretta Lynch will meet with members of the Congressional committees probing Russian interference next week, CNN has learned.
Lynch will sit down with lawmakers from the House and Senate Intelligence Committee and may meet with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee as well.
The ex-attorney general will likely be queried about her infamous tarmac meeting with former President Bill Clinton, a gathering that cast a cloud over the executive branch’s investigation into Hillary Clinton‘s emails and compelled FBI Director James Comey to hold an unprecedented presser, to say the former secretary of state wouldn’t be fired.
In June, when Comey publicly sat before the Senate Intelligence Committee, to testify about his firing by President Trump, which he said was because of the FBI’s Russia probe, the ex-FBI leader also explained how Lynch’s behavior compelled him to make certain decisions in the handling of the Clinton probe.
The tarmac meeting was the final straw.
Comey said he decided he needed to hold a press conference and announce that the FBI would recommend to the Justice Department that no charges be filed to ‘protect the credibility of the investigation.’
Prior to that, he was bothered when Lynch told him to call the Clinton investigation a ‘matter’ instead of an actual criminal probe, which it was.
‘At one point, the attorney general had directed me not to call it an investigation but instead to call it a matter, which confused me and concerned me,’ Comey testified. ‘That was one of the bricks in the load that led me to conclude I have to step away from the department if we’re to close this case credibly.’
If Lynch is questioned on the tarmac meeting, she’ll have to remember that soon-to-be released documents could contradict her answers if she tries to cover anything up.
Americans wait for what should prove to be an interesting dialogue at Lynch’s upcoming meeting with the Congressional committee.