The American Center for Law and Justice filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Attorney General Loretta Lynch demanding that she provide details of a June meeting she had with former President Bill Clinton days before she was to give her ruling on his wife’s case.
The meeting in question occurred barely a week before Lynch’s Justice Department dropped its probe into Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server when she was secretary of state.
On July 5, FBI Director James Comey said the agency recommended no charges against Clinton for her actions even though she was “extremely careless” in her handling of sensitive, highly classified information.
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To many, the timing of the meeting aroused suspicion, but both Lynch and Bill Clinton insisted the meeting was impromptu and strictly social.
“Our conversation was a great deal about grandchildren, it was primarily social about our travels and he mentioned golf he played in Phoenix,” she said afterward.
Despite Lynch’s insistence that the half-hour meeting was a social call, many criticized Lynch, calling the meeting a conflict of interest. Conservative radio icon Rush Limbaugh surmised the discussion, which he said was intended to be clandestine, involved Bill Clinton blackmailing Lynch, telling her to drop the email issue all together.
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“Nothing to see. Tell [FBI Director James] Comey. No matter what he wants, you don’t have any evidence,” Limbaugh said, impersonating Clinton with theoretical dialogue. “Don’t forget what I told you, Loretta. And remember who put you here. Remember how you got here. And remember how easy, Loretta, it would be to send you somewhere else.”
Despite the litany of criticism, it seemed for months that the meeting would be forgotten. It was by a stroke of luck that KNXV-TV happened to be on sight to report the meeting. Otherwise, it likely would have been kept under wraps, just as Limbaugh said it was intended to be.
But with its lawsuit, the ACLJ has brought the surreptitious meeting back to the fore, adding on to what has been a rough stretch for the Clinton campaign as the election draws near. After Comey announced the FBI would reopen the investigation into Clinton’s email server, Clinton has watched her once-large lead in polls dwindle to almost nothing.
The organization is demanding more information about the meeting and is suing the Obama administration, which it chastised for its “arrogance and inappropriate actions.”
“This Administration has gone out of its way to hide information from the American public — information that is extremely troubling.” Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the ACLJ, said in a statement. “The stakes are high. The American people deserve a Justice Department with integrity.”
He continued, “We must demand accountability for corruption. If we don’t, a constitutional crisis is imminent. The corruption must have consequences.”
The lawsuit is the conservative group’s fourth against the Obama administration, and it follows numerous Freedom of Information Act requests to the Obama Justice Department and the FBI asking for details on the meeting.
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While the FBI examines new emails found on former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s laptop, the ACLJ is pressing for all messages that Lynch or her coworkers may have reviewed mentioning the rendezvous, names of everyone at the DOJ who has discussed the meeting, and any discussions about the press in relation to it, among other details.
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