Washington, D.C. — The FBI has reconsidered it’s stance on a request for records relating to the now infamous tarmac meeting between former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former president Bill Clinton, says American Center for Law and Justice President Jay Sekulow.
Sekulow reveled the new developments in the case while appearing Wednesday on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,” (http://video.foxnews.com/v/5542555329001/?#sp=show-clips) confirming that the FBI sent him a letter saying it had reopened his Freedom of Information Act request for documents related to the June 2016 meeting in Arizona.
The tarmac meeting outraged Republicans who alleged that Lynch’s meeting with Clinton, who’s wife Hillary was at the time the subject of an ongoing criminal probe into her use of a private server to store and send classified emails, was inappropriate.
One week after the meeting, then-FBI Director James Comey called out Clinton’s actions as “extremely careless” but declined to recommend charges. The criminal investigation was closed shortly thereafter. Both Lynch and Clinton claimed at the time that the meeting on the tarmac of a Phoenix airport was coincidental and that the criminal probe into the former Secretary of State was not discussed.
“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 said in a released statement (https://aclj.org/government-corruption/breaking-fbi-reopening-aclj-foia-request-on-clinton-lynch-meeting-after-being-caught-in-a-lie).
“The FBI’s letter – dated one week after we publicly excoriated the FBI for lying to us when the Comey-led FBI told us last October that it had “no” records responsive to our request – now states that “records potentially responsive to your request may exist,” the statement continues.
“It is unbelievable that the FBI bureaucracy still only admits that some documents “may exist. We know they exist,” the statement went on.
Sekulow, said the ACLJ will continue to “press on in our legal fight to ensure that the details of the secret Clinton-Lynch meeting and the subsequent cover-up and withholding of information from the public comes to light.”
He added that his organization will continue to “legally hold the FBI’s feet to the fire” and that he is “willing to go to court to get (the records) if necessary.”
Upon being fired by President Trump partly due to his handling of the Clinton investigation, Comey told a congressional panel that Lynch directed him to describe the email probe as a “matter” and not an “investigation” and that the tarmac meeting was a “deciding factor” in his decision making in regard to the case.