Among the stunning revelations stemming from the report by Inspector General Michael Horowitz of the Department of Justice, there are suggestions that the controversial 2016 tarmac meeting between then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former president Bill Clinton was coordinated. The account contracts their respective claims that the airport tete-a-tete was coincidental. Lynch and Clinton claimed that they only discussed grandchildren and golf during the meeting. “Our conversation was a great deal about grandchildren…and he mentioned golf he played in Phoenix,” Lynch said at the time. ABC News 3340 anchor Christopher Sign of Alabama said there is no evidence that Clinton played golf during his visit to Phoenix.
Both Lynch and Horowitz were appointed by erstwhile president Barack Obama.
Bill Clinton had been in Phoenix for a fundraising event and a roundtable discussion and was about to leave when, according to sources, he delayed his departure to meet privily with Lynch. Some sources suggest that the meeting lasted 30 minutes. “He mentioned that he had been there for several meetings, he had played golf. I made a reference to the heat, because it was still incredibly hot while we landed, which was why we were still on the plane,” Lynch stated, according to the report.
In the midst of the presidential election, Lynch met with Bill Clinton while the FBI was investigating Hillary Clinton over her 30,000 deleted emails, and government-issued phones, which she and her associates smashed with hammers. Just days after the secret meeting, DOJ decided that there would be no charges against Hillary Clinton for her unauthorized use of a non-secure, private email server to transmit classified communications and her mass-deletion of 30,000 emails.
“The OPA (Office of Public Affairs) Supervisor said that he later learned that former President Clinton’s Secret Service detail had contacted Lynch’s FBI security detail to let them know that the former President wanted to meet with Lynch. Although Lynch’s staff was supposed to receive notice of such 204 requests, witnesses told us that they were not informed of the request from former President Clinton.”
Page 209 of IG Horowitz’s report indicates that persons nearby at the time of the tarmac meeting were instructed not to take any photos:
“The OPA Supervisor said that there was a photographer outside, and he recalled telling the photographer that Lynch would not be taking pictures. The OPA Supervisor said that he remembered telling the photographer that he (the photographer) needed to go back in his car.”
Page 210 of the IG report states that some of the members of Lynch’s retinue were uncomfortable about the meeting:
“The Senior Counselor said that when she tried to go back on the plane, she was stopped by the head of Lynch’s security detail, who was at the door of the plane. The Senior Counselor said that she told him that Lynch’s meeting with former President Clinton was not a good idea, and that she needed to get back on the plane, but he still would not let her on.”
It was less than a week later that erstwhile FBI Director James Comey (whose superior was Loretta Lynch) announced that the agency would not recommend an indictment against Hillary Clinton.
In the IG’s report, Lynch said she talked with the former president about various topics, including the departure of the UK from the EU (Brexit), grandchildren, and West Virginia. However, Clinton’s stories did not match Lynch’s. Page 205 of the 500+ page report said, “He said he did not recall Brexit coming up, but acknowledged that he probably did discuss it.”
Also, according to the report:
“Former President Clinton also said that he did not recall mentioning West Virginia coal policy to Lynch, but that he would not be shocked if he had done so because he thought a lot about it, and he frequently talked about the issue.”