Americans everywhere were horrified when former President Bill Clinton met with then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch on a tarmac at the Phoenix International Airport in June of 2016, days before she announced that his wife Hillary would not face charges in her email scandal. Now, Bill’s side of the story that partly led to his wife losing the election has been revealed.
The Washington Times reported that Bill told investigators that he didn’t think the investigation into Hillary’s emails “amounted to much, frankly,” so he therefore saw no problem in having the impromptu meeting with Lynch. He said that he believed he knew the “truth of that whole thing,” and that he did not want to snub her when he walked the 30 yards from his private jet to hers.
Bill claimed that he only told Lynch that she was doing a great job and that she was his favorite Cabinet secretary.
This was all revealed in Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s 500-page report on the Clinton email saga. The report also details the chaos of the tarmac meeting, as an aide for Lynch repeatedly tried to break it up, but was stopped by security. Bill also talked for way longer than Lynch wanted him to, leading to more awkwardness.
The aide for Lynch said that she was “shocked” and she “just felt completely … blindsided” once he got onto the plane.
“If I had knowledge, I would not have been in that van. I would’ve … stayed on the plane and got everybody off. … No heads-up or anything,” she said.
Lynch said that the conversation went “on and on” for 20 minutes.
“It was just too long a conversation to have had,” she said.
Lynch told investigators that she thought the meeting would be quick, but Bill would not stop making small talk with her and her husband.
“At some point, after two or three minutes, President Clinton turned around,” she said. “I had my tote bags on the bench seat of the plane, because I had put them there when he came on board. I had been holding them. I put them down. He picked up my tote bags and moved them, and then he sat down. So he sat down, and my husband and I were still standing in front of him having the discussion. And … he sort of sat heavily, and … I didn’t know … how he felt, so I can’t say one way or the other.”
“And I remember at that point saying, ‘Well, you know, thank you very much’ kind of thing, and he sort of continued chatting … made a comment about his travels he was headed on. And I said, ‘Well, we’ve got to get going to the hotel,'” she continued.
Bill still claimed that the meeting was harmless.
“I just wanted to say hello to her, and I thought it would look really crazy if we were living in [a] world [where] I couldn’t shake hands with the Attorney General you know when she was right there,” he said, according to the Horowitz report.
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