The Justice Department released a document on Friday afternoon that detailed the email chatter flying around the halls of the agency after Bill Clinton and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch had their secret little meeting in the summer of last year, just prior to Hillary being exonerated for her email crimes.
In the wake of a public outcry over the clandestine meeting, pressure on Lynch was so extraordinary that she allowed FBI Director James Comey to publicly announce the investigation’s findings and swore to abide by whatever decision Comey made on whether or not to prosecute the former Secretary of State. But for Americans with two brain cells to rub together, this show of removal was hardly enough to ensure that all impropriety had been taken out of the case.
And since we’re still talking about the email scandal more than a year later, it’s a sign that much of the public remains unconvinced that justice was served.
The released emails are dated from the first three days of July 2016, just after Clinton and Lynch had their impromptu meeting. While the two Democrats were running around assuring the press that they spoke only of grandchildren and old recipes or whatever, officials inside the FBI were not pleased with the appearance – real or imagined – of a secret deal being made between two of the country’s most powerful individuals.
From the Washington Free Beacon:
A series of emails show one FBI official, whose name and email are redacted, fuming over leaks to the media about the meeting and what happened on the tarmac. The official received an email from a “layman” alleging a local Phoenix police officer who may have talked to a reporter “sounds like a security threat.” Officials went back and forth about finding out if the officer was SWAT or simply worked the motorcade and that “at a minimum” he should never work another detail again. One asked if local law enforcement assisting the FBI on motorcades should sign non-disclosure agreements in the future. Another official called an Observer article about the meeting, with details about how President Clinton got to Lynch’s private plane, “infuriating.”
It could be said that the FBI’s reputation as an apolitical law enforcement body began to crumble with that meeting, took an enormous hit a few days later when Comey made his bizarre and nonsensical speech, deteriorated further in October when Comey pulled the “the investigation is back on, oh never mind” switcharoo stunt, and has only gotten worse throughout 2017. At this point, so much is wrong with the FBI’s investigation into Trump and Russia that the Clinton/Lynch meeting seems almost quaint.
If the Bureau is to ever regain the confidence of the American people, they’d better start making a lot more sense than they’ve made over the last year and a half. Right now, we don’t know how anyone in either party can pretend like the FBI is free from political influence. And that’s a real problem.