(National Sentinel)Â Corruption: What a difference a change in presidential administrations can make.
Last October the FBI told the American Center for Law and Justice, aÂ conservative legal watchdog organization, that it had no actionable records regarding former Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s meeting last summer with ex-President Bill Clinton at the height of the bureau’s investigation into his wife’s mishandling of classified material on her home-brewed email server.
But, theÂ Washington Free Beacon reports, that turns out to be untrue: There likelyÂ are records to be had, according to a recent letter the bureau sent to the legal group:
The agency told the ACLJ in October of last year, when the FBI was still under the direction of James Comey, that it had no records related to the infamous meeting between Lynch and Clinton on the Phoenix tarmac.
The letter reopening the FOIA dated Aug. 10 came after [the ACLJ’s Jordan] Sekulow pointed out in an appearance on Fox and on the ACLJ’s website that it had recently received documents from the Department of Justice (DOJ) showing that FBI emails and other agency documents exist about the tarmac meeting.
Critics of Comey’s handling of the agency’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email abuses point to the tarmac meeting as a turning point in the probe. After the late June meeting created a media firestorm questioning whether Lynch could remain impartial in the probe, Lynch announced that she would accept Comey’s determination on whether or not to indict Clinton based on the FBI’s email findings.
Just days later, Comey held a press conference announcing that the investigation determined that Clinton had been grossly negligent but her actions were not criminal.
“It is clear that there were multiple records with 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 of an ongoing FBI criminal investigation reached the highest levels of the FBI,” Sekulow wrote on this website.
He also said the FBI’s claim last fall that no responsive documents existed is a “direct contravention to the law” and the ACLJ will continue its legal battle to “hold the FBI’s feet to the fire and demand an expeditious and thorough search for all documents responsive to our request.”
“We know they exist, and we’re willing to go to court to get them if necessary,” he said.
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