A lawsuit against the Justice Department has revealed new details about the infamous tarmac meeting between then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton.
Due to a Freedom of Information Act request from the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), the DOJ released 413 pages of documents related to the June 27, 2016 meeting.
The documents revealed that reporters were reluctant to cover the the meeting, and also that Lynch used an alias for official DOJ emails, including those related to the meeting.
Jay Sekulow, an attorney for President Trump and chief counsel for the ACLJ, said the documents also show that there were email exchanges between the FBI and the DOJ, and the DOJ and the White House, regarding the controversial meeting.
“We do know that this reached the FBI, the Department of Justice. At the Department of Justice, went as high as the attorney general. At the FBI, at least to the chief of staff to [then-FBI Director] James Comey,” Sekulow said. “And we now have an email that goes from the Department of Justice to the White House, to the press secretary there.”
He added that one of the individuals in the emails is Paige Herwig, who was a counselor to Lynch at the time. He pointed out that Herwig is now a top attorney for Democrats in the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is currently investigating Lynch.
Sekulow also noted that the documents are heavily redacted, including an email of “talking points” to be used in response to media inquiries about the meeting.
He said they are going to go back to court to get the unredacted documents, and he believes they will get them because there is no basis on which the documents should have been redacted in the first place.
“Then we’re going to take all this information and hand it over in a chronology to the Senate Judiciary Committee, who’s conducting the investigation,” he said.