After Bill Clinton & AG Lynch hold private meeting in airplane, DOJ hit with formal ethics complaint

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The conservative government watchdog group Judicial Watch announced Thursday that it has asked the Inspector General for the Department of Justice to investigate the propriety of a meeting between Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton.

At a press briefing Thursday, Lynch admitted to meeting the former president for approximately 30 minutes in her private aircraft at Sky Harbor in Phoenix, Arizona.

Lynch’s Justice Department, via the FBI, is investigating Clinton’s wife, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, over the use of her private email server to send and receive official communications while secretary of state.

Judicial Watch said in a statement:

Additionally, there are press reports that a federal public corruption investigation is on-going concerning conflicts of interest and abuse of official government office involving the financial “commitments” to the Clinton Foundation, speaking fees for President Clinton and former Secretary Clinton’s official acts. President Clinton may be a target of that investigation.

Attorney General Lynch’s meeting with President Clinton creates the appearance of a violation of law, ethical standards and good judgment. Attorney General Lynch’s decision to breach the well-defined ethical standards of the Department of Justice and the American legal profession is an outrageous abuse of the public’s trust. Her conduct and statements undermine confidence in her ability to objectively investigate and prosecute possible violations of law associated with President Clinton and Secretary Clinton. This incident undermines the public’s faith in the fair administration of justice. Simply stated, Attorney General Lynch’s June 29, 2016 meeting with former President Clinton creates the broad public impression that “the fix is in.”

Judicial Watch requests your immediate and thorough investigation of the facts, circumstances, and appearances of ethical, regulatory and legal violations by Attorney General Lynch in connection with her meeting with former President William J. Clinton – and that you report your findings and recommendations to the American public.

 

Standards of conduct as provided by the U.S. Code, executive order and the Code of Federal Regulations, require federal public officials to avoid even the appearance of an impropriety.

The attorney general’s meeting with the former president was a clear violation of those standards, according to Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

“Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s meeting with Bill Clinton severely undermined the already low public confidence in her agency’s criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton,” Fitton said. “In addition to this IG investigation, Judicial Watch has already sent Freedom of Information Act requests about this scandalous meeting.”

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