The FBI blocked journalists from taking videos and pictures outside the secret airport meeting between former President Bill Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
“The former president steps into her plane, and they then speak for 30 minutes privately,” ABC 15 reporter Christopher Sign said about the Phoenix meeting. “The FBI there on the tarmac instructing everybody around ‘no photos, no pictures, no cell phones.’”
That doesn’t sound legal for FBI agents to block the press from filming outside a government meeting that’s clearly in the public’s interest, and the fact they did reveals the meeting wasn’t as innocent as the Obama administration wants you to believe.
“With the FBI swooping in and preventing video evidence, is there any doubt in your mind this meeting was planned well before hand, and not some random event like Bill Clinton said?” a forum commenter at Godlike Productions pointed out. “In other words, Clinton used his influence to arrange this meeting with Lynch days before and making it look happenstance.”
The FBI order may have even violated 18 U.S. Code § 242, deprivation of rights under color of law, and it points to a conspiracy to subvert investigations targeting the Clintons because it’s not the FBI’s job to block journalists – or even private citizens – from filming public officials who are meeting in an official capacity.
Interestingly, a day after the secret meeting, Lynch’s Justice Dept. blocked the timely release of emails between the Clinton Foundation and Clinton’s State Dept.
“Department of Justice officials filed a motion in federal court late Wednesday seeking a 27-month delay in producing correspondence between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s four top aides and officials with the Clinton Foundation and Teneo Holdings, a closely allied public relations firm that Bill Clinton helped launch,” the Daily Caller reported. “If the court permits the delay, the public won’t be able to read the communications until October 2018, about 22 months into her prospective first term as President [if she’s elected.]”