Don Lemon Falsely Claims Loretta Lynch Recused Herself From Clinton Email Probe

• March 3, 2017 9:21 am


CNN host Don Lemon falsely claimed Wednesday night that former Attorney General Loretta Lynch recused herself from the federal investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server.

Fellow network colleague Dana Bash interjected to correct Lemon, according to the Washington Examiner.

"We have to remember, Loretta Lynch recused herself from any decision regarding Hillary Clinton because of that meeting of Hillary Clinton and Loretta Lynch, who was attorney general at the time, on the tarmac," Lemon said on his show.

His comments came in reference to calls for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from any investigation into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 election and potential contacts between the Donald Trump campaign and Russian officials.

The calls were a response to the revelation Wednesday night that Sessions did not disclose two meetings he had with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. last year as a senator on the Armed Services Committee.

Sessions said Thursday afternoon that he would recuse himself from any probe related to the 2016 election, including those involving Russia.

The panel on Lemon's show briefly continued the conversation on Sessions until Bash, a CNN correspondent, spoke up on the host's remarks.

"Loretta Lynch, she did say she wouldn't be involved in the decisions, but didn't completely remove herself from the investigation, which could be an example of why [the Trump White House] potentially need to do it differently this time," she said.

Lemon clarified that he misspoke and was referencing Bill Clinton's private meeting with Lynch on a plane last summer.

"Yeah, I may have misspoken. I meant Bill Clinton on the tarmac," Lemon said, ignoring his comment on Lynch's recusal.

The Lynch-Clinton meeting came days days before the FBI recommended that the Justice Department not pursue criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for potentially mishandling classified material with her email server.

Lynch never recused herself from the investigation into Clinton's private server. Instead she decided to accept the recommendation given to her by the FBI.

Days before the FBI's announcement, Lynch said in an interview that she "will be accepting [the agency's] recommendations," indicating she did not recuse herself.