Ok, the notorious landing area meeting. You know… the one in which previous Attorney General Loretta Lynch met with Bill Clinton… in her plane… at the Phoenix Airport? The one after which many individuals speculated that a “bargain” had gone down to get Hillary free?
Well… as per a report in the NY Times, FBI Director James Comey may have been in an indistinguishable corner from those of us who had worries about Lynch’s objectivity and political inclination towards Clinton.
At the meeting, everyone agreed that Mr. Comey should not reveal details about the Clinton investigation. But Ms. Lynch told him to be even more circumspect: Do not even call it an investigation, she said, according to three people who attended the meeting. Call it a “matter.”
Ms. Lynch reasoned that the word “investigation” would raise other questions: What charges were being investigated? Who was the target? But most important, she believed that the department should stick by its policy of not confirming investigations.
It was a by-the-book decision. But Mr. Comey and other F.B.I. officials regarded it as disingenuous in an investigation that was so widely known. And Mr. Comey was concerned that a Democratic attorney general was asking him to be misleading and line up his talking points with Mrs. Clinton’s campaign, according to people who spoke with him afterward.
During Russia’s hacking campaign against the United States, intelligence agencies could peer, at times, into Russian networks and see what had been taken. Early last year, F.B.I. agents received a batch of hacked documents, and one caught their attention.
The document, which has been described as both a memo and an email, was written by a Democratic operative who expressed confidence that Ms. Lynch would keep the Clinton investigation from going too far, according to several former officials familiar with the document…
If Ms. Lynch announced that the case was closed, and Russia leaked the document, Mr. Comey believed it would raise doubts about the independence of the investigation.
With this data surfacing, the enormous unanswered inquiries now turn into this: Was the Democratic agent talking with inside learning when he/she guaranteed that Lynch would see to it that the examination didn’t explode Hillary’s bid, or would he say he was/she simply speculating? Furthermore, if Comey thought she was traded off, why didn’t he request that she recuse herself?