What is the take away from the attorney general of the United States meeting privately with the husband of someone accused of an unparalleled breach in national security while the investigation is ongoing? That’s not just the appearance of impropriety, that’s the very definition of “conflict of interest.”

And that very thing happened this week between AG Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton. The two “just so happened” to be at the same Phoenix airport at the same time when word got to Clinton that Lynch would be arriving. He waited for her to land and then boarded her private plane, where they held an “impromptu” meeting on the tarmac for thirty minutes.

Lynch, traveling with her husband, described the conversation to reporters, hoping to stave off any suspicions:

“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, we’re supposed to take her word for it? But let’s say it’s true and all they talked about was grandchildren and golf. That would matter very little as any lawyer will tell you that this type of meeting is textbook conflict of interest and could severely alter the outcome of a court case.

One reporter for CBS News, Paul Reid, reacted strongly to the news, calling the meeting “shocking, absolutely shocking:”

“The most high-profile national security investigation under the attorney general is the investigation into whether or not classified information was mishandled in connection with Hillary Clinton’s server. Now, President Clinton and his foundation are also tangentially involved in that investigation, so the appearance of impropriety is just stunning.”

As RedState noted, Lynch violated her own department’s code of ethics. The DoJ’s “General Principles of Ethical Conduct” includes one rule found in the handbook that was clearly violated: Number 14:

14. Employees shall endeavor to avoid any actions creating the appearance that they are violating the law or the ethical standards set forth in this part. Whether particular circumstances create an appearance that the law or these standards have been violated shall be determined from the perspective of a reasonable person with knowledge of the relevant facts

5 C.F.R 2635.101 (b)

Appearance of Impropriety

An employee shall endeavor to avoid any actions creating the appearance that the employee is violating the law or the ethical standards set forth in this part.

5 CFR 2635.101(b)(14)

There is corruption at every turn with the Clintons and it seems as though high-level Democrats have no problem stooping to their level. A meeting like this should’ve never happened and it says a lot about the character of the people who would so easily cast aside the trust of the American people.

About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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