After last week's firestorm over what was supposed to be a secret meeting between Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch — currently overseeing the Justice Department's investigations into both Clintons — Hillary Clinton is considering offering Lynch a chance to stay on as U.S. Attorney General should she win the presidency in November. Yeah, nothing to see here, folks.
According to a report by the New York Times, Clinton is considering keeping Lynch on as her AG should she secure the presidency, a move that would supposedly help her maintain some "gender balance" in her administration, but is obviously raising eyebrows due to the DOJ's investigation into her unapproved, unsecured, and illegal private email server.
After news broke that Bill Clinton and Lynch had a half-hour meeting on the AG's plane last week, which, according to Lynch, was really just a "chance meeting" that allowed them to catch up on the families, conflicting reports about the meeting's true purpose and who initiated it have circulated. The optics were bad enough that Lynch was forced to admit publicly that given the chance "they wouldn't do it again," saying lamely, "Hindsight is 20/20."
According to the New York Observer, "a high-level and credible source" who was there for the entirety of the meeting said that Clinton appears to have been the one who instigated the politically disastrous meet-up. Clinton, the source said, seems to have deliberately delayed the departure of his plane from Phoenix to give himself a chance to speak with her one-on-one.
Others have rejected the notion that Clinton "ambushed" Lynch, citing the timing of the meeting, which came right before Clinton was finally interviewed by the FBI, as evidence that Lynch had helped arrange it.
Below is an excerpt from the Observer's article featuring the security source claiming that Clinton had engineered the encounter:
According to this source, whose credentials were checked and confirmed by the Observer with sources inside both the FBI and the United States Secret Service, the attorney general was caught completely off guard by the meeting and the source dismisses suggestions that have been raised alleging that she waited there to see Bill Clinton or accommodated his request to see him. In fact, it seems from this source that it was Bill Clinton who was maneuvering for face time with the attorney general, because his plane had been scheduled to leave before hers arrived. […]
According to the source, the FBI agents protecting Lynch “knew former POTUS was in town and another executive was coming and knew Lynch was coming so we knew there’d be congestion. We were waiting for her plane to touch down at the executive terminal area of Phoenix’s Sky Harbor where it’s best suited to control. Clinton’s plane was on the ground already. But he wasn’t there. We had been hoping to get him out before she arrived, just to avoid too much traffic. They [their planes] were 75 yards apart. We have a procedure we do to clear [space for] a motorcade. As we were ready to receive her, I saw the other motorcade coming in—we were like, ‘great timing.’ ” [...]
The source indicated that Clinton’s people at the airport didn’t know what was taking Clinton’s motorcade so long to arrive and speculated that the delay was engineered specifically so that Clinton would not have left before Lynch arrived.