The FBI confirmed today that it is reopening the case into the 2016 airport tarmac meeting between then-attorney general Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton.
The revelation comes a week after it was revealed that Lynch used an alias email account to coordinate the response to the media regarding the meeting with Clinton, which occurred while Hillary Clinton was under FBI investigation. Both Clinton and Lynch have portrayed the tarmac meeting as a coincidence and both claim Hillary was not discussed.
Last year, Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice asked the FBI for any documentation they had related to the meeting. At that time, the FBI told Sekulow that they had no documentation to provide. Now, under a new, Republican administration, the FBI has now told Sekulow that they may have documents to provide.
Former FBI Director James Comey has said the potential conflict of interest over the meeting changed how the FBI approached the investigation in Hillary Clinton’s private email server. That, in turn, caused an expanded investigation that Comey revealed in a letter to Congress just before the election. Hillary herself claims that the Comey letter was a major factor in undermining voter confidence and costing her the election.
American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) President Jay Sekulow told Fox News that the FBI sent him a letter indicating officials reopened his Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request, after initially denying the existence of records related to the Clinton-Lynch meeting.
The meeting between Bill Clinton and Lynch, which occurred at the Phoenix airport June 27, 2016, drew scrutiny as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was being investigated at the time for improperly handling classified information.
“While we appreciate that the FBI has ‘reopened’ the case file and is now ‘searching’ for documents responsive to our duly submitted FOIA request from more than a year ago, it stretches the bounds of credulity to suggest that the FBI bureaucracy just discovered that ‘potentially responsive’ records ‘may exist’ on its own accord,” Sekulow, who is also a member of President Donald Trump’s legal team, said in a written statement.
The FBI’s letter, sent one week after the ALCJ accused the agency of lying about the existence of the documents, states “records potentially responsive to your request may exist.”