As the final days of the Republican-controlled House came to an end, former Attorney Gen. Loretta Lynch came to the Capitol under a subpoena and promptly got grilled by lawmakers about her infamous tarmac meeting with President Bill Clinton.
Lynch was in the Capitol complex under a subpoena, just days after former FBI Director James Comey gave a second interview to two
Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland told DailyMail.com that lawmakers did quiz Lynch about the tarmac meeting, but didn’t provide any details.
The behind-closed doors meeting was expected to last hours Wednesday. After arriving on Capitol Hill, she didn’t address reporters and immediately met with members of the House Judiciary and House Oversight and Government Reform Committees.
Former US Attorney General Loretta Lynch (C) arrives to testify before members of the House Judiciary and House Oversight and Government Reform Committees, on Capitol Hill. She was immediately quizzed about her tarmac meeting with former President Bill Clinton
During the meeting on a Pheonix airport tarmac, Lynch, who had arrived on her own plane, met with President Bill Clinton during the heat of the 2016 presidential campaign.
Under fire afterward, she said the two did not discuss the status of the FBI’s email investigation of Hillary Clinton, which Comey announced in July 2016 did not meet the bar for prosecution.
Pressure on Lynch during the campaign ultimately persuaded Comey to on his own announce the decision not to prosecutor Clinton, rather than having the attorney general put out a statement.
He was later slammed by members of both parties for his public handling of the matter.
Lynch, a former federal prosecutor in New York, got grilled about her tarmac meeting.
Former FBI Director James Comey savaged President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers who dragged him into another closed-door interview on Monday
“This wild goose chase now ends with not with a bang but a whimper,” said Raskin, whose party will soon assume investigatory power.
“When I got into the room I saw two members asleep. One Democrat and one Republican,’ he continued. ‘I will not identify them by name. But I feel as if my GOP colleagues are going through the motions on this and, you know, they are riding out a paranoid deep state conspiracy theory.”
Following his own grilling Monday, Comey blasted Republicans for misdirected oversight in comments to reporters.
‘Another day of the Hillary Clinton emails and the Steele dossier – this while the president is lying about the FBI, attacking the FBI and attacking the rule of law in this country. How does this make any sense at all?,’ Comey told reporters.
‘People who know better, including Republican members of this body, have to have the courage to stand up and speak the truth, not be cowed by mean tweets or fear of their base,’ Comey fumed.
‘Their silence is shameful,’ Comey added.
According to an Inspector General’s report on the June 2016 tarmac meeting: ‘Former President Clinton said that he recalled walking toward Lynch’s plane with his Chief of Staff, and that Lynch and her staff were ‘getting off the airplane.’ He said that he greeted Lynch, who was on the plane, and Lynch stated, ‘[L]ook it’s a 100 degrees out there, come up and we’ll talk about our grandkids.’”
“Lynch said that former President Clinton boarded the plane in a matter of seconds, suggesting that he was in the stairwell near the door to the plane,’ according to the report. ‘Lynch said that she was very surprised that he wanted to meet with her because they did not have a social relationship, and she was also surprised to see him ‘right there in the doorway so quickly.’”
According to Clinton’s account: ‘I just wanted to say hello to her and I thought it would look really crazy if we were living in [a] world [where] I couldn’t shake hands with the Attorney General you know when she was right there,’ as
But the report said of Lynch: ‘Lynch estimated that she talked to former President Clinton for approximately 20 minutes before a member of her staff came back onto the plane, as we describe below. She said that she became increasingly concerned as the meeting “went on and on.” Lynch said that when she thought about it later that evening and discussed it with her staff about in the context of the case, she concluded ‘that it was just too long a conversation to have had. It…went beyond hi, how are you, shake hands, move on sort of thing. It went beyond the discussions I’ve had with other people in public life, even in political life, it went beyond that [in terms of length].’”