If you’re one of the people who was infuriated over the fact that Attorney General Loretta Lynch met with Bill Clinton in her plane just days before the FBI said it would not recommend charges for Hillary Clinton in her email investigation, she wants you to know that the aftermath was “painful” for her.
Oh yeah — I’m sure that’ll mollify a lot of people.
“I do regret sitting down and having a conversation with him, because it did give people concern,” Lynch said in the interview for CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“And as I said, my greatest concern has always been making sure that people understand that the Department of Justice works in a way that is independent and looks at everybody equally.
“And when you do something that gives people a reason to think differently, that’s a problem,” Lynch continued. “It was a problem for me. It was painful for me, and so I felt it was important to clarify it as quickly and as clearly and as cleanly as possible.
“I wish I had seen around that corner and not had that discussion with the former president, as innocuous as it was, because it did give people concern,” Lynch concluded. “It did make people wonder, ‘is it going to affect the investigation that’s going on?’ And that’s not something that was an unreasonable question for anyone to ask.”
According to the official story, Lynch and Clinton met back in June when the former president says he realized that he was on the same tarmac as the attorney general. The two allegedly discussed grandchildren and golf, although it was later revealed that Clinton had not played golf on the trip.
Lynch insisted to Tapper on Sunday, however, that the meeting was nothing out of the ordinary.
“It was just going to be, ‘hello, how are you?’ and everyone was going to go on about their evening, as far as we were concerned,” Lynch said about the 45-minute discussion. “It was a very cordial discussion, as I said. Didn’t have anything to do with the investigation or how it was going to be resolved, and in fact, we resolved it in the way that we discussed.”
If Lynch was going to display this level of self-awareness, it probably would have been better to display it back in June on the tarmac in Phoenix, where it might have made some difference. That moment has passed, and now we have nothing but questions that this flimsy apology does little to answer.
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