After much stalling and stonewalling, suddenly the wheels of justice appear to be moving fast and furiously (no pun intended). Many justice-minded Americans were encouraged to see the FBI reopen its case into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email use last week, even as ongoing Wikileaks revelations add to the already-high pile of evidence of criminal wrongdoing.And now, it appears the head of Obama’s Department of (In)Justice herself may be on the receiving end of justice as well.
— Jay Sekulow (@JaySekulow) November 2, 2016
As The Daily Mail reports:
Attorney General Loretta Lynch is facing a federal lawsuit to give details of a meeting she had with Bill Clinton days before she was to decide on his wife’s fate.
The meeting in June was barely a week before the Justice Department which she heads dropped its probe into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) filed the lawsuit against the Department of Justice in Washington on Wednesday demanding more information about the meeting, which led to Lynch stepping aside from the server investigation.
As head of the Department of Justice, Lynch was supposed to be deciding whether to proceed with charging Hillary Clinton over her unauthorized server arrangements while she was secretary of state.
But she met with the Democrat’s husband on June 27 on the tarmac of the Phoenix Sky Harbor International airport, Arizona. Bill Clinton delayed his flight’s departure in order to grab face time with Lynch.
‘Don’t take off!’ the former president shouted after a Secret Service agent told him Lynch was about to land, according to Ed Klein in his book Guilty as Sin, who writes that Clinton wanted to ‘bushwhack’ Lynch in order to discredit the server investigation.
Lynch was subsequently spotted leaving her jet and local media, who knew Clinton was at the airport, put two and two together. Despite Lynch’s insistence that the half-hour meeting was a social call, a political firestorm ensued in which the DOJ’s independence was questioned.
‘Our conversation was a great deal about grandchildren, it was primarily social about our travels and he mentioned golf he played in Phoenix,’ she told CNN affiliate KNXV/ABC15 shortly afterwards.
But the ACLJ is demanding more information about the meeting and is suing the Obama administration, which it slammed for its ‘arrogance and inappropriate actions.’
Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ, says the Obama administration ‘has gone out of its way to hide information from the American public’
‘This Administration has gone out of its way to hide information from the American public – information that is extremely troubling,’ said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ in a statement.
‘The stakes are high. The American people deserve a Justice Department with integrity.’
It is the conservative group’s fourth major federal lawsuit against the Obama administration.
Back in the summer Lynch said she ‘would not do it again’ because the tete-a-tete ‘cast this shadow’ over the investigation – and four days after the meeting she finally said she would accept whatever recommendations the FBI made about the case.We all know how that turned out by now. And in the intervening weeks and months — even in recent days — we continue to learn just how heavy-handed Attorney General Lynch has been with the FBI pertaining to the multiple investigations surrounding both Hillary Clinton herself and her family’s Clinton Foundation.
This isn’t the first lawsuit filed in an attempt to understand what actually transpired in that meeting with former President Bill Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Just last Friday, Judicial Watch sued the FBI after the law enforcement agency ignored a Freedom of Information Act request for “all records related to the meeting between Attorney General Lynch and former President Bill Clinton on June 27, 2016.”
Sadly, the American people are having to rely on organizations such as American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) and Judicial Watch to force the “transparency” this administration has touted.No doubt it will be months, if not longer, before we know the truth — thanks to the stonewalling from the very people who are now demanding “immediate” release of information surrounding the FBI investigation — but it is nonetheless critical that organizations such as ACLJ and Judicial Watch help hold our government accountable to the people.
[This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]