Lynch now says she re­grets Bill Clin­ton tar­mac meet­ing

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Jessica Chas­mar

At­tor­ney Gen­eral Loretta E. Lynch said she re­grets her meet­ing over the sum­mer with for­mer Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton, say­ing she should have rec­og­nized ahead of time how it would be per­ceived by the pub­lic.

Ms. Lynch had met with Mr. Clin­ton pri­vately on the air­port tar­mac in Phoenix on June 27, just days be­fore FBI Di­rec­tor James B. Comey would an­nounce that he would not press charges against Hil­lary Clin­ton over her pri­vate email server. Ms. Lynch now says she re­grets that the meet­ing called the Jus­tice Depart­ment’s cred­i­bil­ity into ques­tion.

“I wish I had seen around that cor­ner and not had that dis­cus­sion with the for­mer pres­i­dent, as in­nocu­ous as it was, be­cause it did give peo­ple con­cern,” Ms. Lynch told CNN. “It did make peo­ple won­der is it go­ing to af­fect the in­ves­ti­ga­tion that’s go­ing on, and that’s not some­thing that was an un­rea­son­able ques­tion for any­one to ask.

“I do re­gret sit­ting down and hav­ing a con­ver­sa­tion with him, be­cause it did give peo­ple con­cern,” she said.

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