Judicial Watch Sues DOJ for Records on Airport Meeting Between Bill Clinton and AG Loretta Lynch

By Michael W. Chapman | March 15, 2017 | 3:34 PM EDT

Former Attorney General Loretta

Lynch and President Bill Clinton.

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(CNSNews.com) -- The government watchdog group Judicial Watch has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Justice (DOJ) seeking all records its has on the June 27, 2016 meeting between President Bill Clinton and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch in her airplane, a meeting that occurred while the FBI was investigating Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, a potential national security crime.

The airplane meeting took place on the tarmac at the Phoenix Harbor International Airport, several days before Hillary Clinton was interviewed by the FBI. Several months after the gathering, Lynch told the media that she "regretted" the meeting with Bill Clinton because "it did make people wonder, 'Is it going to affect the investigation that's going on?'"

“The infamous tarmac meeting between President Clinton and AG Lynch is a vivid example of why many Americans believe the Obama administration’s criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton was rigged,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton in a statement released today. “Now it will be up to Attorney General Sessions at the Trump Justice Department to finally shed some light on this subversion of justice.”

FBI Director James Comey and former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

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Judicial Watch is seeking the following records from the DOJ:

-- All records and/or transcripts of a meeting held between Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton in June 2016.

-- All records of communication sent to or from officials in the Office of the Attorney General regarding the meeting held between Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton in June 2016.

-- All records of communication sent to or from officials in the Office of the Deputy Attorney General regarding the meeting held between Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton in June 2016.

-- All references to the meeting held between Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton contained in day planners, calendars and schedules in the Office of the Attorney General.

In July, about 10 days after the tarmac meeting, FBI Director James Comey announced that he would not recommend prosecution of Hillary Clinton for her use of a personal email server during her tenure as Secretary of State.

Judicial Watch also asked the Inspector General of the DOJ to investigate the tarmac meeting between Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch.

Regarding that request, Judicial Watch said in an earlier statement from 2016, "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.'"

Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman