New documents released by Judicial Watch reveal that FBI officials took a special interest in the tarmac meeting between Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch, namely over how they could prevent a leak.
In June of 2016, then-Attorney General Lynch met with former President Clinton on the tarmac of the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
The “private” meeting raised eyebrows as it took place just before the public release of the House Benghazi Committee’s report on the 2012 consulate attack in Libya.
The FBI was quick to deny that it had retained any documents relating to the meeting, an assertion that was soon proven to be false.
Now, emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch show that FBI officials wanted to keep important details about the meeting from from the public view.
The new FBI documents show FBI officials were concerned about a leak that Bill Clinton delayed his aircraft taking off in order to “maneuver” a meeting with the attorney general. The resulting story in the Observer is seemingly confirmed and causes a flurry of emails about the source of the article. FBI official(s) write “we need to find that guy” and that the Phoenix FBI office was contacted “in an attempt to stem any further damage.” Another FBI official, working on AG Lynch’s security detail, suggests instituting non-disclosure agreements. The names of the emails authors are redacted. There are no documents showing concern about the meeting itself […]
On June 27, 2016, Attorney General Loretta Lynch met with former President Bill Clinton on board a parked plane at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Arizona. The meeting occurred during the then-ongoing investigation of Mrs. Clinton’s email server, and only a few days before she was interviewed the Justice Department and FBI. (Judicial Watch filed a request on June 30 that the U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General investigate that meeting.) […]
“These new FBI documents show the FBI was more concerned about a whistleblower who told the truth about the infamous Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting than the scandalous meeting itself,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The documents show the FBI worked to make sure no more details of the meeting would be revealed to the American people. No wonder the FBI didn’t turn these documents over until Judicial Watch caught the agency red-handed hiding them. These new documents confirm the urgent need to reopen the Clinton email scandal and criminally investigate the resulting Obama FBI/DOJ sham investigation.
Long before the FBI lied about their retention of documents relating to the meeting, officials seemed worried about the possibility that a “whistle blower” would release the contents of the discussion.
Yet Lynch claimed the meeting was “primarily social,” and that Clinton and she discussed their grandchildren and golf.
If so, why would the FBI be so concerned about a leak? And why would they later deny that they had any documentation of the meeting, when in fact they had plenty?
In one of the emails, an FBI official says of a suspected whistle-blower, “Needless to say that I have contacted the Phoenix office and will contact the local’s [sic] who assisted in an attempt to stem any further damage.”
Others scramble to decide how to “find that guy” and prevent any such whistle-blower from working on “any detail.”
The Daily Caller reports:
The emails, released by the watchdog group Judicial Watch, show that FBI agents in the bureau’s security division were miffed about an article that appeared in the New York Observer detailing the logistics of how Lynch and Clinton came to meet on the tarmac at Phoenix’s airport on June 27, 2016 […]
The internal FBI emails show that an FBI official in the security division was forwarded the Observer article on July 2, 2016, the same day that Hillary Clinton was interviewed by FBI agents.
The emails show that FBI agents believed that the source for the article was a Phoenix police officer who helped Lynch and Clinton’s motorcades.
“Needless to say that I have contacted the Phoenix office and will contact the local’s [sic] who assisted in an attempt to stem any further damage. This is exactly why our Discretion and Judgement are the foundation’ of the AG’s trust in our team, which is why we can never violate that trust, like the source did in this article,” wrote one FBI security division agent.
Other emails show frustration within the FBI over the article, which asserted that Clinton waited on the airport tarmac for Lynch to arrive at the Phoenix airport.
“We need to find that guy and bring him or her before a supervisor,” read one email.
“Hopefully we will find out and at the very minimum, make sure he never works on any detail,”
One agent asked if “there will be a need for non-disclosure agreements in the future?”
“That might not be a band idea, given the circumstances,” the official responded.
“Unfortunately, this article is a breach of security protocol and I am addressing it with the Phoenix division to make to make certain that they pursuit [sic] this and identify the source of the breach,” the security division official wrote.
It doesn’t sound like the FBI was fuming over how they would “find a guy” who merely disclosed a golf conversation to the press.