In an interview with CNN’s “State of the Union” program, Attorney General Loretta Lynch admitted that she made a mistake when she met with Bill Clinton privately for more than a half hour on June 27. Lynch, who was instantly bashed for the Arizona tarmac rendezvous when it happened, said that she would go back and make a different decision if she had the chance.
“I wish I had seen around that corner and not had that discussion with the former president, as innocuous as it was, because it did give people concern,” Lynch said. “It did make people wonder, ‘Is it going to affect the investigation that’s going on?’ and that’s not something that was an unreasonable question for anyone to ask.”
Well, that’s politician-speak for, “I effed up.” Don’t hold your breath for Lynch or anyone else in the Obama administration to go beyond that admission.
But many Americans continue to believe that Lynch did more than simply “eff up.” After an explosion of controversy, Lynch decided to remove herself from the decision over whether to prosecute Hillary Clinton for her mishandling of classified material, thus handing the burden over to the FBI’s James Comey. Comey, subsequently, let Hillary off the hook. This was…oh…about three days after that tarmac meeting. But surely it was just coincidence, right? Yeah, of course.
But that’s what Lynch continues to sell to the American public.
“I do regret sitting down and having a conversation with him because it did give people concern,” Lynch said. “And as I said, my greatest concern has always been making sure people understand the Department of Justice works in a way that’s independent and looks at everybody equally. And when you do something that gives people a reason to think differently, that’s a problem. It’s a problem for me. It was painful for me.”
We’ll never know for sure what was said on that plane, and now that Hillary lost the election, it doesn’t matter as much. Yes, there is still a distinct and vibrant likelihood that Hillary Clinton bribed her way out of prison, but at least the Obama/Clinton corruption couldn’t throw the 2016 election their way. The outcome – a free Hillary and a President Trump – isn’t perfect, but we’ll damn sure take it.