Former President Bill Clinton told the Justice Department’s inspector general that he was “offended” by the widespread criticism of his secret June 2016 tarmac meeting with then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
A meeting that the American people only know about because someone took pictures and leaked it to the media. The infamous meeting that was just days before the FBI decided it would not recommend criminal charges against his wife, Hillary Clinton.
Comey claims that he made the announcement not to prosecute Hillary without discussing it with Lynch, we now know that is a lie based on Lynch telling him to call it a ‘matter.’ Comey lied to Congress under oath.
Bill Clinton being offended is absurd.
“I thought you know, I don’t know whether I’m more offended that they think I’m crooked or that they think I’m stupid,” Clinton told investigators, according to the report released Thursday by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz.
Fox News reports:
The long-awaited report was released Thursday afternoon, spanning nearly 600 pages and scrutinizing the actions of numerous figures who played a key role in the Justice Department and FBI’s investigation. It is the product of an 18-month review, incorporating dozens of witness interviews and hundreds of thousands of documents.
In the report, Horowitz criticized Lynch’s infamous meeting with Clinton on the Arizona tarmac, calling it “an error in judgment” as the Justice Department was investigating then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for her email practices while serving as secretary of state.
“Although we found no evidence that Lynch and former President Clinton discussed the [Clinton email] investigation or engaged in other inappropriate discussion during their tarmac meeting, we also found that Lynch’s failure to recognize the appearance problem created by former President Clinton’s visit and to take action to cut the visit short was an error in judgment,” the report states.
Lynch has claimed she and Clinton spoke of only “innocuous things” during their tarmac meeting, calling it a “chance encounter.”
But it fueled Republican complaints that Lynch had met with the husband of an investigation subject improperly, just days before the probe into her personal email server was completed with no charges filed.
Ex-FBI director James Comey has publicly taken issue with the meeting, saying it was a “deciding factor” in his decision to act alone to update the public on the status of the Clinton probe.