On Friday, the FBI released a series of previously unseen emails which contained in detail the Department of Justice’s response to the fallout of the secret Phoenix tarmac meeting between Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton in June 2016.
“THE FBI IS OUT OF CONTROL. IT IS STUNNING THAT THE FBI ‘FOUND’ THESE CLINTON-LYNCH TARMAC RECORDS ONLY AFTER WE CAUGHT THE AGENCY HIDING THEM IN ANOTHER LAWSUIT,” JUDICIAL WATCH TOM FITTON SAID IN A STATEMENT. “JUDICIAL WATCH WILL CONTINUE TO PRESS FOR ANSWERS ABOUT THE FBI’S DOCUMENT GAMES IN COURT. IN THE MEANTIME, THE FBI SHOULD STOP THE STONEWALL AND RELEASE THESE NEW RECORDS IMMEDIATELY.”
The dates on the emails range from July 1-3, 2016 and show the agency scrambling after a local news affiliate “leaked” the infamous tarmac meeting to the national press; with Obama officials urgently trying to get a grasp on the story.
On July 5, 2016, FBI Director James Comey announced former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would not face criminal charges for mishandling classified information.
The emails show one FBI official, whose name and email are redacted, fuming over leaks to the media about the meeting and what happened on the tarmac. The official received an email from a “layman” alleging a local Phoenix police officer who may have talked to a reporter “sounds like a security threat.”
In the emails, officials went back and forth about finding out if the officer was SWAT or simply worked the motorcade and that “at a minimum” he should never work another detail again.
One official asked in an email if local law enforcement assisting the FBI on motorcades should sign non-disclosure agreements in the future.
While another official called an Observer article about the meeting, with details about how President Clinton got to Lynch’s private plane, “infuriating.”
One email, addressed to Andrew McCabe and also then-FBI Director James Comey, shows the internal fall out after early press reports of the meeting.
“I WANT TO FLAG A STORY THAT IS GAINING SOME TRACTION TONIGHT […] ABOUT A LOCAL PHOENIX NEWS REPORT ABOUT A CASUAL, UNSCHEDULED MEETING BETWEEN FORMER PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON AND THE AG,” SAID ONE CORRESPONDENCE. “OUR [TALKING POINTS] ON THIS ARE BELOW.”
The newly released emails only further prove a pattern of corruption and raise new questions over the Clinton-Lynch meeting, as well as why former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was let-off-the-hook by James Comey regarding her illegal use of a private email server.
Republican lawmakers and at least two of President Trump’s lawyers have called for a special counsel to investigate the handling of the Clinton emails probe.
Several congressional committees are also looking into that subject, as is the Justice Department inspector general.
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