Pelosi: Loretta Lynch Meeting With Bill Clinton Was 'Serendipitous'

Nancy Pelosi
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March 2, 2017

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) said Thursday there is no comparison between current Attorney General Jeff Sessions meeting twice with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. last year and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch meeting privately with Bill Clinton last year as the FBI investigated his wife's private email server.

Pelosi told reporters Thursday at a press conference that Sessions should resign for not disclosing his meetings with the Russian ambassador during his confirmation hearing to become attorney general.

Reporters asked Pelosi how the controversy surrounding the Sessions revelation compared to Lynch's private meeting with Bill Clinton on a plane as the FBI probed his wife's private server to see if she mishandled classified material.

Pelosi said the two situations are completely different, Townhall reported.

Lynch "did not have a major role" in Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign," Pelosi said. "This is a completely different thing."

She appeared to be referring to the fact that Sessions was a prominent campaign surrogate for Trump during the 2016 election.

The House's top Democrat went on to say the meeting between Lynch and Bill Clinton happened by chance and was a pleasant encounter, calling it "serendipitous."

The former president and Lynch met privately on a plane in Phoenix last summer as the FBI was investigating Hillary Clinton's email practices. The FBI recommended days later that the Justice Department pursue no criminal charges against the former secretary of state.

Lynch and Bill Clinton said the email scandal did not come up during their conversation, which they said focused on grandchildren and social activities.