by Pam Martens and Russ Martens, Wall Street On Parade:
Facts matter, especially when one is trying to drill down to the truth. But despite dozens of news articles from major media outlets on the private meeting between Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport last week, the facts have typically been reported wrong and serious questions left unanswered.
The well worn media narrative has now evolved that both Clinton and Lynch were in Phoenix on the same day for scheduled events. That’s wrong. Bill Clinton was in Phoenix on Monday, June 27, to meet with real-estate developer Jim Pederson and others. (Pederson was Chair of the Arizona Democratic Party from 2001 to 2005. According to Federal Election Commission records, Pederson gave nearly $7.3 million to the Arizona State Democratic Central Committee from 2001 to 2006.)
While Clinton was in Phoenix on Monday, Loretta Lynch was giving a speech in Baltimore, Maryland at a National Summit on Youth Violence Prevention, according to her public schedule and a news report in the Baltimore Sun.
Loretta Lynch flew into the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on Monday evening after her Baltimore speech and the evening before she was to meet with local Phoenix officials on community policing on Tuesday, June 28. The fact that Lynch arrived the night before she was actually due in Phoenix, then held a private meeting on her plane with Bill Clinton, while his wife is under an active Justice Department criminal investigation for her use of a private email server that transmitted classified material while she served as Secretary of State, raises more questions.
By Wednesday, June 29 at 7:41 p.m., when the details surrounding the meeting should have been clearly established, Devlin Barrett of the Wall Street Journal was apparently being misled by his sources, which one would assume to include the Justice Department, on the date of the encounter. Barrett incorrectly reported the following:
“Attorney General Loretta Lynch met privately with former President Bill Clinton in Arizona on Tuesday, but Ms. Lynch told reporters that the two didn’t discuss the investigation into his wife’s email use as secretary of state.”
To fly to a city the evening before your event costs the taxpayer. Your entourage has to be put up in a hotel and fed. In addition, for reasons that are yet to be explained, the Attorney General was traveling with her husband while she was on official business scheduled for a regular day of the workweek.
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