More than a year later, it still strikes us as one of the most flagrant violations of the public trust that we’ve ever seen. Only days before the Justice Department was scheduled to announce their findings in the Hillary Clinton email investigation, there was Attorney General Loretta Lynch cavorting with the suspect’s HUSBAND, in private, away from the cameras, on an airport tarmac in Arizona. For more than twenty minutes, the two disappeared from the daylight, only to emerge later and act as though it was ridiculous for anyone to suggest that something untoward had happened. No, no, what are you guys talking about? We were just catching up on old times, chatting about our grandchildren, and tossing a beanbag back and forth, dontcha know? C’mon, y’all.
A few days later, we found out – surprise! – that the DOJ would not be pressing charges against Hillary.
Lynch wouldn’t go as far as to recuse herself from the case, but she did take the extraordinary step of saying she would abide by the FBI Director’s recommendation. That opened the window for James Comey to announce his findings in that infamous briefing, which he used to not only let Hillary off the hook, but also to explain all the reasons why she should NOT be let off the hook. Strange stuff. The kind of speech you might make if you were being pressured to let a criminal go free, one might imagine.
Of course, the Clinton/Lynch meeting was dramatically under-reported by the media; most of Hillary’s supporters have probably forgotten that it ever happened. But we haven’t forgotten. And neither has Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch, whose organization has been trying for months to get the true story of what happened on that plane out to the public. For a long time, their search for records relating to that meeting was in vain. The FBI gave them the cold shoulder, insisting there were no such records. This ultimately led Judicial Watch to sue the Bureau – multiple times – to finally get what they were looking for.
“The FBI finally gave them to us late Thursday,” Fitton wrote in an op-ed for Fox News. “Now we know why the FBI played shell games. The documents show that FBI officials were concerned solely about the leaking of details of the tarmac meeting. None of the documents show top agency officials cared one whit about the propriety of the meeting itself, but only about who blew the whistle on the covert tête-à-tête.
“In one email, an FBI official writes ‘we need to find that guy,’” Fitton continued. “And in another we learn that the Phoenix FBI office was contacted ‘in an attempt to stem any further damage.’ An FBI official working on Lynch’s security detail even goes so far as to suggest non-disclosure agreements to keep the full facts from coming forth.”
This is a picture of our nation’s top law enforcement agency in full panic mode. And it leaves us (still) wondering…just what was said on that plane?
Perhaps we’re closer than ever to finding out.