The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) has obtained hundreds of documents relating to the June 2016 so-called ‘social’ encounter between former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton. The 30-minute meeting at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport took place aboard Lynch’s plane a few days before Crooked Hillary was questioned by the FBI.
The documents received by the ACLJ following a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request show that the Federal Bureau of Investigation lied about the existence of some of the documents the organization recently obtained.
Indeed, after ACLJ filed its July 2016 FOIA request, the FBI wrote back on October 21 and claimed that “No records responsive to your request were located.”
However, the organization has now obtained a number of emails between the FBI and the Department of Justice which were sent prior to its initial FOIA request. One of them, dated June 29 last year, mentions the “casual, unscheduled meeting between former president Bill Clinton and the AG.”
Another email sent by Matt Zapotosky of the Washington Post the following day asks “how the former president knew the Attorney General had just landed and how a meeting between the two of them happened.”
On the same day, the FBI asked for suggestions on how to respond to the media following claims that FBI agents had told those present not to document Lynch’s and Clinton’s simultaneous presence at Phoenix Airport.
The ACLJ concludes that a number of documents responsive to their July 2016 FOIA request did exist as evidenced by various correspondence between the FBI and the DOJ and that the October 21 letter from the FBI was therefore “in direct contravention to the law.”
The organization also points out that the mainstream media was working with the DOJ to keep the story out of the news. The Washington Post’s Zapotosky, for instance, told the Justice Department that he was hoping he could put the story “to rest.”
The ACLJ also criticizes the DOJ for redacting large sections of the documents and wrongly using the the “deliberative process exemption” for doing so.
“Discussions about Attorney General Lynch’s ethically questionable meeting with former President Clinton during her investigation into Hillary Clinton clearly has nothing to do with any rule making process. We will be taking these redactions back to federal court. The law is on our side.”
The organization also vows to continue investigating former Attorney General Lynch until it “get[s] to the bottom of this.”Share