It was a move so outrageous, it has some critics calling it the most corrupt move in the Clinton family’s long history of controversies — and it all but proves accusations that President Barack Obama’s administration has a clear conflict of interest in investigating Hillary Clinton.
In one of the most inappropriate moves in United States political and legal history, former president Bill Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch met privately on a plane in Phoenix — right as the FBI is investigating the potential mishandling of sensitive information that passed through the server Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, used for allegedly illegal correspondence as secretary of state.
Critics have loudly voiced their concerns that Lynch has a conflict of interest in the email case — and legal analysts say this closed-door meeting adds serious weight to those claims.
“There is a brazen effort to undermine U.S. law and at the very least the appearance of impropriety and ethical considerations, which you and I know, as lawyers, people take very seriously,” Laura Ingraham told Greta Van Susteren on Fox News’ “On the Record.”
Lynch is responsible for looking into potential charges against Clinton, whom Obama has publicly endorsed for president. Republicans have repeatedly called for an independent prosecutor, saying the Justice Department under a Democratic president should not be investigating a Democratic presidential candidate.
CBS News reporter Paul Reid called the meeting “shocking, absolutely shocking.”
“The most high-profile national security investigation under the attorney general is the investigation into whether or not classified information was mishandled in connection with Hillary Clinton’s server,” Reid said. “Now, President Clinton and his foundation are also tangentially involved in that investigation, so the appearance of impropriety is just stunning.”
Lynch insisted their private meeting did not involve the active investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email use as secretary of state, and said instead it was about their grandchildren.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.