Official documents revealed for the first time show that FBI officers were more concerned about leaks of the meeting between former president Bill Clinton and former Attorney-General Loretta Lynch on June 26 last year at the tarmac during the presidential campaign, and not so much about the irregularity of the meeting itself.
Watchdog group Judicial Watch released today 29 pages of Federal Bureau of Investigation documents related to the said meeting. The new documents also show that the then FBI Director James Comey seemed to have learned about the meeting only from news reports.
The documents were obtained by the watchdog group in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) filed after the Department of Justice failed in complying with a July 7, 2016 request seeking several crucial emails and documents related to the investigations on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private server scandal.
The new documents reveal that FBI officials last year was preoccupied with a leak that will establish that Bill Clinton delayed his aircraft from taking off in order to “maneuver” a meeting with Lynch.
The documents obtained show that there was a flurry of emails regarding officials’ concern about a leak. There were emails where FBI officials wrote “we need to find that guy” and that the Phoenix FBI office was contacted “in an attempt to stem any further damage.”
There was aslo another FBI official, working on Lynch’s security detail, who suggested instituting non-disclosure agreements.
The names of the authors of the emails were redacted. The more disturbing part of the documents obtained is the obvious non-concern by the officials on the meeting being inappropriate and irregular. It didn’t appear to matter to the officials that it was a meeting between a presidential candidate’s husband who then plays an active role in her campaign and on the handling of the scandal for which she is being investigated, and the then boss at the Department of Justice, also an Obama appointee with previous links to the Democratic party.
The fact of the matter was Attorney General Loretta Lynch met with former President Bill Clinton on June 27, 2016 on board a parked plane at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Arizona. The meeting took place not only when the probe on Hillary’s private email server was ongoing, but mere days bfore she was interviewed by the Department of Justice and the FBI.
The FBI also originally informed the Judicial Watch that they supposedly could not find any records related to the said tarmac meeting . An FOIA lawsuit, however, forced the Department of Justice to locate emails that later showed that Justice officials communicated with the FBI.
The tarmac meeting also happened just days before then FBI Director James Comey held that now infamous July 5, 2016 press conference where he announced that no charges would be pursued against Clinton on the private server scandal, something of course he would later take back, days before the presidential election.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton reacted to the new documents and said: “These new FBI documents show the FBI was more concerned about a whistleblower who told the truth about the infamous Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting than the scandalous meeting itself.”
The more disturbing implication is what Futton added: “The documents show the FBI worked to make sure no more details of the meeting would be revealed to the American people. No wonder the FBI didn’t turn these documents over until Judicial Watch caught the agency red-handed hiding them.”
Futton reiterated then their urgent call. He said: “These new documents confirm the urgent need to reopen the Clinton email scandal and criminally investigate the resulting Obama FBI/DOJ sham investigation.”