Judicial Watch Sues DOJ for Records Related to Loretta Lynch, Bill Clinton Tarmac Meeting

Meeting occurred days before Hillary Clinton was interviewed about her private email server

Attorney General Loretta Lynch Speaks At White House Conference On Historically Black Colleges And Universities
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March 15, 2017

Judicial Watch, a government watchdog group, has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice after the agency failed to respond to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request related to the infamous tarmac meeting between then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton just days before Hillary Clinton was interviewed by the FBI about her private email server.

The lawsuit was filed in the United States Court for the District of Columbia and seeks to retrieve records the group attempted to gather through a June 2016 FOIA request. According to U.S. Postal Service records, the agency received the request in early July. In December, request numbers were assigned to the FOIA. However, the agency did not determine if they would accept or deny the request within the allotted amount of time applicable under FOIA.

Judicial Watch is attempting to gain any and all records and/or transcripts of the June 28, 2016, meeting between Lynch and Clinton, any and all records of communication sent to or from officials in the Office of the Attorney General regarding the meeting, communication sent to or from officials in the office of the deputy attorney general, and any references to the meeting contained in day planners, calendars, and schedules in the office of the attorney general.

"The infamous tarmac meeting between President Clinton and AG Lynch is a vivid example of why many Americans believe the Obama administration’s criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton was rigged," Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, said of the lawsuit. "Now it will be up to Attorney General Sessions at the Trump Justice Department to finally shed some light on this subversion of justice."