As we all remember, right before the FBI concluded its investigation which let Hillary Clinton off the hook, Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton had a secret meeting at an airport in Phoenix. If it wasn’t for a journalist getting a lucky tip, we would’ve never known about the meeting, which they tried to play off as coincidental. It was quickly learned that the meeting was planned – and went on for about a half hour.
Suspicious? You bet.
Whether or not they were discussing anything pertaining to the FBI’s investigation is impossible to know, but it’s hard to imagine them talking about anything besides it. In fact, that’s especially true, as we just learned Ms. Lynch didn’t want the public to know the FBI was re-launching its investigation.
As USA Today reported: Attorney General Loretta Lynch objected to the decision by FBI Director James Comey to notify Congress that the bureau was reviewing newly discovered emails that might be related to the previously closed investigation of Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified information, according to an official familiar with the matter.
Lynch’s views were relayed to Comey just hours before the FBI director transmitted a letter to federal lawmakers indicating that investigators were reviewing the emails that may or may not have a bearing on the Clinton case that was closed in July, said the official who is not authorized to comment publicly.
The official said Lynch was standing by long-held Justice Department policy that federal authorities should not take any action that may interfere with an election. While Lynch made her position clear, the official said Comey acted independently of the attorney general.
A second federal official familiar with Comey’s decision said Saturday that the FBI director considered the attorney general’s advice during a spirited discussion of the matter Thursday and early Friday but felt compelled to act.
In the letter to congressional leaders explaining his decision, Comey said “the FBI cannot yet assess” whether the information is “significant” nor could he offer a timetable for how long it will take investigators to make an assessment.
An official familiar with the matter said Friday that the new materials, perhaps thousands of emails, were discovered in the ongoing and separate investigation into sexually charged communications between former New York congressman Anthony Weiner and a 15-year-old girl. Comey was briefed on the findings in recent days, resulting in the director’s notification to Congress, said the official who is not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
The emails were discovered in a search of a device or devices used by Weiner, who is separated from longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin. Abedin also had access to the same device or devices.
The official said it was not likely that the FBI’s review of the additional emails could be completed by Election Day.
You know it’s bad when even CNN weighs in…
To be clear – Comey can do whatever he wants, but Lynch was considered so politically tainted that there were no grounds to try & intervene
— Phil Mattingly (@Phil_Mattingly) October 29, 2016
And in further liberal tap-dancing and “thoughtspeak” it’s now verboten to say the investigation has been “reopened”…
— michaelscherer (@michaelscherer) October 28, 2016
You know what would be appropriate to call this election if Lynch was successful in hiding the FBI’s reopened investigation from the American people? Rigged.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]