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Jake Tapper to Loretta Lynch: Didn’t It Cross Your Mind Bill Clinton Meeting Would Be Big Deal?

CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Attorney General Loretta Lynch in an interview this morning both about the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton‘s server and Lynch’s infamous tarmac meeting with Bill Clinton.

Lynch told Tapper that the investigation into Clinton was handled like any other case. But she went on to say, “Unusual circumstances developed. The FBI director has spoken about why he made a decision to go in a particular root and how he made that decision.”

Tapper then brought up her Clinton meeting, and Lynch––who previously expressed regret for it––acknowledged she “regretted” not realizing the can of worms it would open.

Tapper asked, “It didn’t cross your mind that sitting there like oh somebody’s going to make a big deal about this?”

Lynch had this to say in response:

“I wish I had seen around that corner and not had that discussion with the former president, as innocuous as it was, because it did give people concern. It did make people wonder is it going to affect the investigation that’s going on, and that’s not something that was an unreasonable question for anyone to ask. And my view is and always has been that when you are in public life or even in private life and you make a mistake, you own it, and you talk about it right away. You let people know what you’re going to do to deal with the impact of that mistake.”

But Tapper also asked if this meeting had any impact on how James Comey handled the Clinton investigation going forward, saying, “Certainly if Bill Clinton hadn’t gotten on the tarmac that time and gone to you, things might have been different. You would have had more say. You would have been able to control Comey more.
It might have changed the letter that he gave at the end there.”

You can watch Lynch’s response in the video above, via CNN.

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