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Lynch, Clinton Meeting Reeks of Bad Ethics

Tuesday, 05 July 2016 08:09 AM Current | Bio | Archive

As the U.S. presidential campaign season gains steam, it is wearing on the nerves of U.S. citizen-voters and with good reason. Concern is mounting regarding the propriety of federal campaign electioneering.

Hillary Clinton, Democratic candidate for the U.S. presidency, allegedly was interviewed by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents on Saturday, July 2, 2016, perhaps by the FBI director.

Voters are being deluged with political statements, counter-statements, clarifications, apologies, technical corrections, definitions, re-definitions, vagaries, quotes, misquotes, studies, polls, and down-right personal fables.

Many citizen voters are growing weary of the campaigning months before the elections.

Things were looking good for Hillary, until Bill Clinton, a former president known for his charismatic charm, decided to chat with the current U.S. attorney general of the United States, Loretta Lynch. Their get-together took place on June 27, 2016, at the private plane section of the Phoenix, Arizona, airport.

Bill Clinton’s private jet delayed takeoff so he could greet the attorney general when her plane parked next to the Clinton jet. The former president then boarded the attorney general’s plane for what she described as a “friendly talk about their grandchildren and travel,” a 30-minute talk.

For security reasons, the pilot of the attorney general’s plane had to receive clearance to park next to Bill Clinton’s plane. It seems the airport tower, the Clinton pilot, and the Lynch pilot all had to know that a meeting was to take place, as this parking arrangement required authorization.

As Clinton and Lynch spoke privately aboard her plane, Clinton’s Secret Service protectors and the FBI agents in the security detail for Lynch stood on the tarmac around the two planes, side-stepping security guidelines.

In 1999, Bill Clinton appointed Loretta Lynch as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, an office she held until 2001. Being named a U.S. attorney is a plumb political appointment; and when George Bush was elected president, he appointed a Republican to replace Lynch.

When the Democrats then regained the presidency in 2009, President Barack Obama re-appointed Lynch as U.S. attorney for the district; and in 2015, President Obama nominated Lynch as U.S. attorney general, a position she holds today.

On the tarmac at Phoenix, the former president and the attorney general met for 30 minutes. Whether they discussed the current investigations by the Department of Justice of Hillary Clinton and/or the Clinton Foundation is immaterial.

The very presence of the former President in private conversation with the head of the federal agency investigating his wife’s email misconduct as secretary of state and both Clintons as possible subjects of an investigation of the Clinton Foundation casts a shadow of corruption and malfeasance over any FBI or DOJ decision.

According to news reports, federal agents protecting Clinton and Lynch at Phoenix restricted the taking of any photographs and any media coverage of the airport meeting.

This meeting would not have been disclosed had it not been for a Phoenix television reporter’s inquiries.

Lynch and Clinton used poor judgment, and Lynch admitted as much on Friday, July 1, 2016, in Aspen, Colo. Lynch repeatedly claims that the Hillary Clinton investigations are being conducted by career FBI agents and career DOJ lawyers. These agents and lawyers, however, work for her, and she has direct control over their “careers.”

Under previous Administrations, a FBI agent or DOJ lawyer who unofficially spoke with the spouse of a subject in an ongoing investigation was fired. With Bill Clinton a possible subject of a federal investigation of the private Clinton Foundation, Lynch may have contaminated one or both investigations.

Leaked reports assert that FBI agents are angered and disheartened by her actions.

Bill Clinton, as a Yale lawyer, former attorney general of Arkansas, and two-term U.S. president, knew or should have known the meeting was wrong, and this applies as well to his staff.

Lynch, a Harvard lawyer, and her staff knew or should have known that any such meeting and especially a private meeting that lasted 30 minutes was wrong.

Was this meeting purposeful? 

On June 29, 2016, two days after the airport meeting, the DOJ in a private lawsuit representing the State Department, requested a 27-month delay in producing emails by Hillary Clinton and her personal staff dealing with the Clinton Foundation.

It remains to be seen if DOJ receives the delay.

At the DOJ, every lawyer, FBI agent, paralegal, secretary, and file clerk knows the bounds of proper conduct. A meeting by the attorney general with former President Bill Clinton, subject of a federal criminal investigation, was unacceptable and prejudicial to ongoing investigations.

DOJ lawyers do not need diversity and gender-sensitivity training, as is now the vogue, as much as the attorney general needs ethics training.

James H. Walsh was associate general counsel with the U.S. Department of Justice Immigration and Naturalization Service from 1983 to 1994. Read more reports from James Walsh — Click Here Now.

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