Report: FBI ordered no coverage, videos or pictures of Clinton/Lynch meeting

ClintonOn Thursday, Christopher Sign, the reporter with ABC15 in Phoenix, Arizona, who broke the story of Bill Clinton meeting with Loretta Lynch, told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly that FBI ordered reporters to not take photos or video of the meeting.

“The former president steps into her plane. They then speak for 30 minutes privately,” he said.  “The FBI there on the tarmac instructing everybody around ‘no photos, no pictures, no cell phones.’”

Here’s a video of that segment:

Hot Air’s Larry O’Connor noted:

First of all, it 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. What were the agents going to do, arrest people for taking a picture or video?

Also, if there was nothing wrong with the meeting and it was totally innocent, why were federal agents instructed to demand no one take a picture?

Finally, let’s stop focusing on the fact that this meeting was inappropriate because Clinton’s wife is under investigation by Lynch’s Justice Department. I mean, that’s bad, but it’s actually letting Lynch and Clinton off the hook a bit. By focusing on the appearance of conflict because Hillary Clinton is being investigated, 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.

But why would the FBI issue such an order?

The arrogance of all this is just unreal…


Of course, now we learn that Lynch is reportedly announcing that she’s stepping back from the case and will defer to the FBI.

How convenient.  I get the feeling Rush Limbaugh was probably more right about this meeting than anyone knows…



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