The government watchdog group Cause of Action filed a Freedom of Information Act request Tuesday over the June 27 meeting between Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton at a Phoenix airport.
The meeting drew cries of foul play since the Department of Justice is investigating Bill’s wife and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for her private email server. Just days after the meeting, FBI Director James Comey announced he would not recommend the DOJ bring charges against Hillary.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he was “flabbergasted” by the meeting.
“When I first heard that yesterday afternoon, I actually thought they were joking,” Trump told Sean Hannity on Fox News. “I’m flabbergasted by it.”
Lynch and the Clinton camp defended the meeting, saying it was unplanned and nothing more than socializing. After the outcry, Lynch said she would go with the recommendations of career prosecutors in the Clinton email investigation and not intervene in the decision.
The FOIA requests Lynch’s schedule for the days surrounding the meeting, transcripts, recordings or memos related to the meeting as well as emails and notes. The FOIA also requests information shedding light on whether the FBI prevented reporters from taking pictures or using their cell phones.
“A private meeting between President Bill Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch raises serious concerns about impartiality at the Department of Justice,” Cause of Action Institute president and CEO Alfred Lechner Jr. said in a statement. “Today’s announcement that the FBI will not recommend pursuing charges against Hillary Clinton does not remove the public interest in knowing what was discussed.”
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