Attorney Jay Sekulow and his non-profit watchdog groupThe American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ) announced that they obtainedhundreds of pages of documents in their ongoing investigation andfederal lawsuiton former Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s airport tarmac meeting with former President Bill Clinton. This highly suspicious meeting took place at the same time that the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI was involved in a criminal investigation into Bill Clinton’s wife, Hillary and her use of a personal email server installed in her home.
The documents reveal that the Obama White House staff panicked when they learned about the meeting between Bill Clinton and the Attorney General. Also, they uncover the truth about what President Donald Trump has said about the news media and their “fake news.”
The documents uncover evidence that reporters were reluctant to cover the meeting which took place so close to Election Day. “[T]here is clear evidence that the mainstream media was colluding with the DOJ to bury the story.”
According to Jay Sekulow’s son, Jordan Sekulow, what is depicted in these redacted documents is shocking and disturbing:
First, the Comey FBI lied to us. Last July, we sent FOIA requests to both theComey FBI and the Lynch DOJasking for any documents related to the Clinton Lynch plane meeting. The FBI, under the then directorship of James Comey,repliedthat “No records responsive to your request were located.”
The documents we received today from the Department of Justice include several emails from the FBI to DOJ officials concerning the meeting. One with the subject line“FLAG”was correspondence between FBI officials (Richard Quinn, FBI Media/Investigative Publicity, and Michael Kortan) and DOJ officials concerning “flag[ing] a story . . . about a casual, unscheduled meeting between former president Bill Clinton and the AG.” The DOJ official instructs the FBI to “let me know if you get any questions about this” and provides “[o]ur talkers [DOJ talking points] on this”. The talking points, however are redacted.
Another emailto the FBI contains the subject line “security details coordinate between Loretta Lynch/Bill Clinton?”
On July 1, 2016 – just days before our FOIA request – a DOJ email chain under the subject line,“FBI just called,”indicates that the “FBI . . . is looking for guidance” in responding to media inquiries about news reports that the FBI had prevented the press from taking pictures of the Clinton Lynch meeting. The discussion then went off email to several phone calls (of which we are not able to obtain records). An hour later, Carolyn Pokomy of the Office of the Attorney General stated, “I will let Rybicki know.” Jim Rybicki was the Chief of Staff and Senior Counselor to FBI Director Jim Comey. The information that was to be provided to Rybicki is redacted.
Also of note several of the documents contain redactions that are requested “per FBI.”
It is clear that there were multiple records within the FBI responsive to our request and that discussions regarding the surreptitious meeting between then AG Lynch and the husband of the subject of an ongoing FBI criminal investigation reached the highest levels of the FBI.
However, on October 21, 2016, the Comey FBI replied to our legal demands that “No records responsive to your request were located.” This is in direct contravention to the law, and we are preparing further legal action to force the FBI to come clean and turn over ALL documents related to this matter to us in a timely manner.
Second, the hundreds of pages of (heavily redacted – more on that below) documents paint a clear picture of a DOJ in crisis mode as the news broke of Attorney General Lynch’s meeting with former President Clinton. In fact, the records appear to indicate that the Attorney General’s spin team immediately began preparing talking points for the Attorney General regarding the meeting. [Update: We have now learned thatAttorney General Lynch was quickly added to the email chain under an alias: Elizabeth Carlisle.]
Third, there is clear evidence that the mainstream media was colluding with the DOJ to bury the story. A Washington Post reporter, speaking of the Clinton Lynch meeting story,said, “I’m hoping I can put it to rest .” The same Washington Post reporter, interacting with the DOJ spin team, implemented specific DOJ requests to change his story to make the Attorney General appear in a more favorable light. A New York Times reporter apologeticallytoldthe Obama DOJ that he was being “pressed into service” to have to cover the story. As the story was breaking, DOJ press officialsstated, “I also talked to the ABC producer, who noted that they aren’t interested, even if Fox runs with it.”
Two days after the meeting, DOJ officials in achain of emailsthat includes emails to Attorney General Lynch herself stated that the media coverage of the meeting “looks like all or most are FOX” and that “CBS . . . just says a few lines about the meeting.”
Fourth, DOJ bureaucrats haveredacted all the talking points, discussions of talking points, a statement on the meeting that was apparently never delivered because there was not enough media coverage on the meeting, and its substantive discussions with the FBI on the matter. They absurdly claim the “deliberative process exemption” to FOIA, which is only supposed to apply to agency rulemaking processes.”
“Discussions about Attorney General Lynch’s ethically questionable meeting with former President Clinton during her investigation into Hillary Clinton clearly has nothing to do with any rule making process. We will be taking these redactions back to federal court. The law is on our side. We will keep pressing on with our investigation of former Attorney General Lynch until we get to the bottom of this,” said Jordan Sekulow.
Jim Kouri is a member of the Board of Advisors and a former vice president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization incorporated in Florida in May 1967. The Association was organized for educational and charitable activities for law enforcement officers in command ranks and supervisory agents of state & federal law enforcement agencies as well as leaders in the private security sector. NACOP also provides funding to small departments, officers and the families of those officers paralyzed and disabled in the line of duty.