Report: FBI ordered journalists not to record Clinton-Lynch meeting

A reporter for the Phoenix ABC outlet was on The Factor last night and told of his experience trying to cover the Bill Clinton-Loretta Lynch meeting.

At the end of the interview (video below), the reporter, Christopher Sign, let drop a very interesting piece of information:

“The former president steps into her plane. They then speak for 30 minutes privately. The FBI there on the tarmac instructing everybody around ‘no photos, no pictures, no cell phones.'”

If the meeting was filled with talk about Brexit and grandkids, why would the FBI forbid picture taking or recording the encounter in any way?

Hot Air:

First of all, it isn’t the FBI’s job to tell journalists or private citizens they can’t take photographs of a former president and the Attorney General. What were the agents going to do, arrest people for taking a picture or video?

Also, if there was nothing wrong with the meeting and it was totally innocent, why were federal agents instructed to demand no one take a picture?

Finally, let’s stop focusing on the fact that this meeting was inappropriate because Clinton’swife is under investigation by Lynch’s Justice Department. I mean, that’s bad, but it’s actually letting Lynch and Clinton off the hook a bit. By focusing on the appearance of conflict becauseHillary Clinton is being investigated, we are willfully overlooking the very real conflict in the fact that Clinton himself is under investigation, as the Grand Poo-bah at the Clinton Foundation. (Fox News)

The FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of private email as secretary of state has expanded to look at whether the possible “intersection” of Clinton Foundation work and State Department business may have violated public corruption laws, three intelligence sources not authorized to speak on the record told Fox News.

This new investigative track is in addition to the focus on classified material found on Clinton’s personal server.

“The agents are investigating the possible intersection of Clinton Foundation donations, the dispensation of State Department contracts and whether regular processes were followed,” one source said.

Yes, the investigation into the intersection of Clinton Foundation donations and the State Department slimes Hillary Clinton since it happened during her tenure as Secretary of State, but what about Bill Clinton? If the State Department and Hillary Clinton acted improperly or illegally by commingling staff and by granting favors to Clinton Foundation donors, isn’t the Clinton Foundation, and Bill Clinton equally guilty of wrongdoing?

Bill Clinton, one of the most powerful private citizens in the world and the subject of a Justice Department investigation, hops aboard the plane of the most powerful law enforcement official in the US, attorney general of the United States Loretta Lynch, and the press is kept from recording the moment by armed federal agents? 

Donald Trump weighed in:

"I think it's the biggest story, one of the big stories of this week, of this month, of this year," Trump declared. "I've been talking about the rigged system, how it's rigged and, you know, this is terrible ... You see a thing like this and even in terms of judgment, how bad of judgment is it for him or for her to do this? I mean, who would do this?"

Who would do this? People who believe the law only applies to the "little people" and who have no shame whatsoever in using the full power of the federal government to protect themselves from scrutiny. 

For once, there is as much outrage on the left as there is on the right over this meeting. No one believes that they only talked about Clinton's golf game and grandchildren. In a normal American presidential administration, Lynch would have been fired so fast she wouldn't have time to clean out her office.

But this is a White House that eschews accountability more than any other modern presidency. Lynch is a loyal soldier and if the blowback becomes too great, she'll resign. But expect the White House to continue pushing the grandchildren narrative about the meeting.

From now on, any action taken by the AG and the Department of Justice in connection with anything having to do with the Clinton's will be suspect.