Emails Show WaPo, NYT Reporters Were Reluctant To Cover Clinton And Lynch Meeting
A series of emails from reporters at The Washington Post and The New York Times published Friday reveal they weren’t eager to cover the 2016 tarmac meeting between former President Bill Clinton and then Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
The American Center for Law and Justice, a nonprofit organization, released a series of emails obtained through a FOIA request that show the reporters at the outlets didn’t seem to want to cover the secret meeting between the former president and Lynch, as the Department of Justice was investigating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email server.
Matt Zapotosky, a WaPo reporter, reached out to a Department of Justice spokesperson in the hopes of “putting the story to rest.”
“Any chance one of you could give me a call for another, hopefully quick, conversation on this AG-Clinton meeting? My editors are still pretty interested in it and I’m hoping to put it to rest by answering just a few more questions about how the meeting came about-who approached who, how did they realize they were in the same place,” Zapotosky wrote in the June 2016 email.
Mark Landler, the White House correspondent for The NYT, also emailed the DOJ spokesperson to say he had been “pressed into service” by his editors to write the story, before asking for information on what Lynch and the DOJ had said about the meeting.
Lynch and Bill Clinton met on her airplane in a Phoenix airport for about 30 minutes during a time when the DOJ was launching an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified information on a private email server. Lynch said the two did not discuss the investigation, but did talk about their families and golf.
The two reporters did not return The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment in time for publication.
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