In the political war currently being waged on the websites and pages of newspapers across the country, anyone can get caught in the crossfire. With mounting pressure from the left on President Trump, Republicans are aiming their sites once again on the Clintons in the aftermath of the termination of former FBI Director James Comey.
Texas House Republican Pete Sessions is asking for a memo from Comey regarding the secretive meeting between former president Bill Clinton and Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch last June. Sessions asserts that if there are memos regarding Trump’s private meetings, the same must be true of the meeting between Lynch and Clinton.
“If the New York Times has [Comey’s memo] that means we’re going to be able to see it and I would assume that would be fair. I assume that Mr. Comey also kept, if he’s disturbed by the same memos, that he gave to or about when Mrs. Clinton’s husband appeared in the jet with the attorney general,” Sessions said in an interview with The Daily Caller.
As democrats and the media attack Trump for alleged secret meetings and obstruction of justice despite little evidence, Sessions is launching a small-scale attack of his own, pointing to the obviously unethical tarmac meeting as evidence of corruption within the Obama administration.
The infamous meeting referenced by Sessions took place in Phoenix, AZ. aboard a private plane in late June of 2016 amidst the federal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a secret email server as Secretary of State. President Clinton happened to be on the same tarmac, and after learning Lynch was on the nearby plane, Clinton asked to speak with her and made his way to her government plane.
When Lynch’s staff members witnessed Clinton boarding the plane, one of them attempted to break up the meeting, but once Clinton finally left, the two had been speaking for 20 minutes. Local Phoenix news station ABC 15 were on the scene and broke the story, skyrocketing it to the national spotlight
The meeting received criticism from both sides of the aisle. Democrats saw the two as foolish and reckless. Republicans, on the other hand, saw the meeting as evidence of the low-integrity of the Clinton investigation and alleged the conversation centered on the federal probe.
The tarmac meeting came just days before the FBI would recommend charges be filed against Clinton and mere hours before the public release of the Benghazi Report. For many, this appeared to be no coincidence and was clear evidence of corruption within the Obama Justice Department.
“He did come over and say hello, and speak to my husband and myself, and talk about his grandchildren and his travels and things like that,” Lynch said at a press conference.
Despite the questionable ethics of the meeting, Lynch did not recuse herself from the investigation but claimed she would accept the FBI’s recommendation.
Due to the secretive nature of the meeting, important questions were raised as to the contents of this secret conversation. Many questioned the truth of Lynch’s claims, and if Sessions gets his way, the details of the meeting may finally come to light.
During a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Comey admitted that the tarmac meeting served as a tipping point, proving the Justice Department could not credibly complete the Clinton investigation. Comey claims this was the catalyst for his revelation of details concerning the FBI’s investigation into the Clinton email scandal.
“…her meeting with President Clinton on that airplane was the capper for me, and I then said, you know what, the department cannot, by itself, credibly end this,” Comey said
During the investigation, some in the FBI believed Lynch was attempting to downplay the seriousness of the situation. During a meeting with Comey, Lynch requested he refer to it as a “matter” rather than an investigation. While it is common for the Justice Department to refrain from confirming investigations, Comey found it misleading in such a widely known case, which served to cast more doubt on Lynch’s integrity. Despite this, when Comey spoke to reporters days after the meeting, refraining from calling it an investigation.
If Comey does, in fact, have a memo regarding the tarmac meeting and it is released, the public may finally get some long-awaited answers. Such a revelation might shine a light on the integrity of the Clinton investigation. The implications could be massive.
“I assume that memo would be available to us also. And I would assume that we will see a number of disturbing trends that took place at the Department of Justice [during the Obama administration] for whatever he’s claiming and I’ll look forward to seeing all those,” Sessions said.
If details concerning the tarmac meeting are revealed as Sessions has requested and corruption is found, this could be the final nail in the Clinton coffin, a fitting end to her scandalous career. Justice might finally be served. Until this alleged memo ends up in the right hands, the meeting will remain an unsolved mystery.