A prominent lawyer who worked for former Attorney General Loretta Lynch drafted talking points regarding her secret tarmac meeting with Bill Clinton, sending that information over to the FBI to help bury the controversial story just weeks before the 2016 general election.
According to emails released by the American Center for Law and Justice, the Attorney General’s top lawyer, identified as Paige Herwig, helped edit Obama administration statements relating to the tarmac meeting.
Herwig currently serves as deputy general counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee, the body now probing President Trump’s relationship with Russian officials.
The documents show that DOJ officials began to edit and produce talking points regarding the Lynch-Clinton meeting just two days after news of the secret discussions made national headlines.
“Our talkers on this are below, along with the transcript of the Phoenix presser, where she was asked about this,” said the director of public affairs for the Justice Department. “Happy to discuss further by phone. Please let me know if you get any questions about this. Thanks.”
DOJ officials also asked their FBI counterparts to “flag” stories regarding the meeting that were “gaining traction” around the country.
The “tarmac meeting” between the former Attorney General and Bill Clinton raised serious ethical and legal questions over the FBI’s prosecution of Hillary’s private email server; prompting legislators to question the impartiality of the bureau’s investigation.