Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch just released 29 pages of documents received from the FBI regarding the infamous and suspicious “chance” meeting between former President Bill Clinton and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch on the tarmac of the Phoenix airport in June of 2016.
Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the FBI and the Justice Department for any documents related to the Clinton/Lynch meeting — followed by lawsuits when those requests went unfulfilled. Initially, the FBI claimed there were no such documents in its possession.
It was only after the Justice Department responded to a similar document request from the watchdog group that it was revealed the FBI did in fact possess the documents that Judicial Watch had demanded. The FBI documents originally denied as even existing have finally been released, albeit in a heavily redacted format.
From what can be gleaned from the visible portions of the documents, it is apparent the FBI was far more concerned with how the media was reporting the Clinton/Lynch meeting to the general public — and what their coordinated response should be — than any sort of impropriety or inherent conflict of interest that the meeting represented.
A number of articles were passed around between several officials — most of whom’s names were redacted — but one article in particular seemed to elicit a significant response from the FBI.
In an exclusive interview with the Observer, that unnamed person, revealed to be an anonymous security agent who was on the ground and present for the Clinton/Lynch meeting, shared his/her version of the events that transpired.
The FBI quickly surmised that the anonymous source was most likely a member of the Phoenix Police Department who had been part of the local security detail tasked with providing protection for Lynch. In the released documents, one unidentified FBI official made it clear that contact had been made with the department to “stem any further damage.”
Another replied, “We need to find that guy and bring him or her before a supervisor,” — likely to be punished for revealing details of the security protocols.
Still another stated that they were trying to identify the individual so they could ensure the person “never works on any detail” in the future.
Following that discussion, one unidentified official suggested that non-disclosure agreements be used going forward, to which another agreed that doing so “might not be a bad idea, given the circumstances.”
Somebody mentioned how “infuriating” the Observer article was. Another document showed someone expressing concern that the “so-called ‘informant’” might have disclosed secretive security detail protocols.
One of the person’s superiors agreed with the assessment and seemed to confirm that the source had been a member of the local PD, and while they lamented the “breach of security protocol,” they nevertheless noted that much of what was revealed were “textbook procedures and industry standard for most executive security details.”
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said it best. “These new FBI documents show the FBI was more concerned about a whistleblower who told the truth about the infamous Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting than the scandalous meeting itself,” Fitton stated. “The documents show the FBI worked to make sure no more details of the meeting would be revealed to the American people.”
“No wonder the FBI didn’t turn these documents over until Judicial Watch caught the agency red-handed hiding them,” he added. “These new documents confirm the urgent need to reopen the Clinton email scandal and criminally investigate the resulting Obama FBI/DOJ sham investigation.”
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