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New Emails Reveal DOJ-FBI Collusion on Lynch/Clinton Tarmac Meeting

Well, it looks as if more damning information has surfaced regarding the June tarmac meeting between former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton, suggesting that top lawyers within the Justice Department edited press statements concerning the meeting.

According to a report from The Washington Free Beacon:
The same attorney, Paige Herwig, is now the deputy general counsel for Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee. That panel is now investigating whether Lynch played any role in trying to influence the scope or intensity of the FBI’s investigation into the Hillary Clinton email scandal.

Prior to her legal work with Lynch at Justice, Herwig was a special assistant and associate counsel to President Obama.

Newly released Justice Department emails show that Herwig, whose title was counselor to the attorney general at the time, helped edit the first media statement responding to inquiries about the tarmac meeting. Those emails were included in 413 pages of Justice Department documents the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) obtained through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

The emails show that on June 29, 2016, two days after the Clinton-Lynch meeting when the national news media was first learning of the tarmac one-on-one, Melanie Newman, the then-director of public affairs at the Justice Department, emailed her FBI counterpart to “flag” the media stories about the tarmac meeting that she noted were “gaining traction tonight.”

Newman included a transcript of a question Lynch answered about the meeting the following day, as well as Justice Department talking points on the topic, which are redacted in the emails.

If you’re unfamiliar, the meeting occurred immediately after the FBI had concluded its investigation into the Hillary Clinton email scandal. Naturally, the meeting was heavily scrutinized because Lynch had final say in whether or not the DOJ would pursue any criminal action against Clinton over the “matter.” Ultimately, she took to the FBI’s recommendation, and – against the will of many Americans – decided the DOJ would not to pursue.

However, with reports now surfacing that Lynch’s DOJ may have colluded with the FBI in an attempted to influence and/or steer the investigation toward – you guessed it – a recommendation she ultimately elected to go with, the plot sure has thickened…don’t you agree?

Here’s to hoping Lynch (and maybe one day, Hillary) are held accountable for this.

 

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