An Arizona reporter is saying that FBI agents on the tarmac during the troublesome private meeting at the Phoenix airport between Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton were instructing everyone to put away their phones and take no pictures.
Appearing on Fox News's O'Reilly Factor, ABC 15 reporter Christopher Sign said:
“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.'”
The alleged "impromptu" meeting was brushed off as no big deal with Lynch describing the conversation in this way:
"Our conversation was a great deal about his grandchildren. It was primarily social and about our travels. He mentioned the golf he played in Phoenix, and he mentioned travels he'd had in West Virginia.
"There was no discussion of any matter pending for the department or any matter pending for any other body. There was no discussion of Benghazi, no discussion of the State Department emails, by way of example."
So, grandchildren and golf, not ongoing investigations. Nothing to see here. But why no pictures if it's a casual conversation? And as Larry O'Connor pointed out at HotAir, "[I]t 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."
O'Connor also added that it's not just the federal investigation into Hillary Clinton that proves troublesome for this meeting but "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."
And isn't it convenient that the Justice Department announced that it is delaying the release of thousands of Clinton Foundation e-mails for the next 27 months the day after this secret meeting? That would be well into Hillary's presidency if elected, as TR's Tiffany Gabbay noted.
Keeping trust between the federal government and American citizens is not a high priority for the Obama administration -- the promised "most transparent administration in history."