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Previewing another Clinton presidency.

July 1, 2016

This column is seldom in complete agreement with Donald Trump about anything.

That changed yesterday, when Mr. Trump said he was “completely flabbergasted” upon learning that former President Bill Clinton and AG Loretta Lynch met privately for half an hour on her plane.

Picture this. You retain an attorney to represent you in a suit against say, a large corporate adversary.

Just as the matter may be about to get a court date, your attorney welcomes the CEO of the corporation in his/her office who arrives without counsel and they have a private conversation.

How long would you keep your attorney on retainer after that?

Assume that AG Lynch is telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth about what was discussed. After all, we are all supposed to be considered innocent until proven guilty.

Assume even further that no matter what the circumstances, it’s hard to be confronted socially by an ex-president and not at least try to be civil.

Bearing all that in mind, AG Lynch still owed her office and the American public better than this.

Just the fact that Mr. Clinton used the meeting to remind her about their respective similarities (grandkids, health matters etc.) constitutes what could be called attempting to exert undue influence.

This “charm offensive” as the press has taken to calling it is a Clinton stock in trade.

After all, this man is a former president, and his wife might be the next president, meaning that AG Lynch’s future job prospects, whether in or out of government, are on the line.

Even if your total exposure to the law is watching old Perry Mason reruns, you have to see what’s wrong with this picture.

This was Bill Clinton at his power wielding finest.

To think that these two lawyers didn’t know better is to stretch the bounds of credulity past the breaking point.

Some bar associations might even consider this grounds for convening a disbarment or censure hearing.

Even if AG Lynch formally recuses herself, and she hasn’t done so to date, the damage is done.

Welcome to a preview of what the next four years will be like if Hillary Clinton wins.

If you think John Koskinen and Jeh Johnson  are arrogant now, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

From → op-ed

2 Comments
  1. Well, he initiated the Mafia move, and she didn’t know it was coming. I don’t see it as a meeting between two lawyers who knew better. It’s Bill Clinton not respecting boundaries and exploiting his privileges to try and force a situation to change. Lynch is pretty obviously embarrassed at the appearance of impropriety he caused, but it’s not all that easy to tell former Presidents to “Get off my plane!” And I don’t think it says a damn thing about Hillary’s likely administration, except that she will be living with the same unleashed dawg she has for a lifetime. That’s her choice, and I don’t envy it.

  2. Hear, Hear! But I will say that she could have taken the whole meeting off the plane and done her visiting in front of witnesses. There’s something almost too pat about all the whole “impromptu” thing.

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