Of course she was caught “completely off-guard”
A Democrat who was briefed on the meeting told me that it was more than a hundred degrees outside and Lynch, who was immediately uncomfortable with the visit, felt that she couldn’t shoo the sixty-nine-year-old former President, who has had heart problems in the past, back onto the tarmac. Lynch, according to this person, also insisted that her security detail remain at her side while Clinton was onboard her aircraft so that the ex-President and the Attorney General would not be alone together. (A spokesperson for the Attorney General declined to comment.)
…According to this source, whose credentials were checked and confirmed by the Observer with sources inside both the FBI and the United States Secret Service, the attorney general was caught completely off guard by the meeting and the source dismisses suggestions that have been raised alleging that she waited there to see Bill Clinton or accommodated his request to see him. In fact, it seems from this source that it was Bill Clinton who was maneuvering for face time with the attorney general, because his plane had been scheduled to leave before hers arrived…
“I don’t agree with her politics and all that, but I knew from the beginning that she got caught off guard and her staff was already talking about it that it’s going to be a political problem for her. Her staff was flipping out. We didn’t think about the political part until we saw her staff flipping out. For the security guys, it was more of a ‘I’ve got armed guys coming into my perimeter’ problem. But the staff guys saw right away that it was a political problem. After Clinton got off, they were like, ‘that wasn’t good.’ And I know from others who were in the actual car with her that her people knew immediately the political ramifications of it and were very upset.”
Bill Clinton, certainly no political dummy, couldn’t see what the optics of this would cause? Please. The motorcade was late in arriving at the airport which just so happened to allow him to be on the same tarmac as Lynch. And Lynch couldn’t of refused the request? Baloney. Any smart lawyer knows the problems that would arise when a attorney general meets privately with a the husband of a presidential-candidate when federal charges are looming against her.
There are more theories than the number of Bill’s girlfriends. Maybe he was offering her the blandishment of a Supreme Court appointment in a Hillary Administration, or a nice well paying position with the Clinton Foundation. I’ve thought for a while that the FBI might recommend indicting several of Hillary’s underlings, who can be easily pardoned after the election, while making Hillary a Nixonian “un-indicted co-conspirator.” Perhaps Lynch wanted to tell this or something else directly to the Clintons, but couldn’t risk a logged phone call or even personal email. Maybe Bill was offering a deal whereby Hillary drops out for “health reasons”(which may well be genuine) if she quashes an indictment. I hear Joe Biden is out on the “campaign trail” today, whatever that means.
Another possible theory is that Bill wanted Lynch to be compromised such that she had to announce today that she’ll follow the FBI recommendation, as an indirect way of putting more pressure on FBI director Comey. Comey is reputed to be a straight shooter, but surely even he can’t be immune to the political ramifications of recommending an indictment of the First Woman Nominee. Now it’s all on him; he can’t pass the buck on to Lynch and the Justice Department.
Allah Thinks this meeting isn’t the worst of it:
Don’t miss the forest for the trees in all of this, though. Bill Clinton schmoozing with Lynch amid a pending federal investigation of Hillary is bad, but it isn’t remotely the worst appearance of impropriety related to Emailgate. That distinction belongs to Mr Good Government, Barack Obama:
Think of this: The president has endorsed and is actively campaigning for Clinton at a time when his Justice Department is still in the process of deciding whether she should be prosecuted. Although that has drawn little comment, it shocks some who have been in senior positions in previous governments and who believe that no White House can be truly indifferent or disinterested in such an important case.
Imagine being an FBI agent reviewing the evidence against Hillary and looking up from your desk to the TV to find O, your boss’s boss’s boss, side by side at a political rally with the person you’re trying to decide whether to charge. That’s not a hypothetical: It’s exactly the situation the FBI will find itself in three days from now. If Obama were a Republican, the media would be rending its garments in grief at such a brazen attempt by the president to influence a criminal investigation into his party’s nominee. It’s an even more malignant example of the attitude that drove the Clinton/Lynch meeting, that because everyone assumes and has always assumed that Hillary will walk due to her political influence, there’s no point in keeping up pretenses that the investigation’s outcome is in doubt. There’s no sense sweating over an appearance of impropriety when there is impropriety and everyone knows it, right? That’s the state of Hopenchange circa 2016.
Just SOP for the Clintons