Donald TrumpDonald TrumpRobert Gates says 'extreme polarization' is the greatest threat to US democracy Cassidy says he won't vote for Trump if he runs in 2024 Schiff says holding Bannon in criminal contempt 'a way of getting people's attention' MORE says he’s still reeling from the news Attorney General Loretta Lynch privately met with former President Clinton.
“When I first heard that yesterday afternoon, I actually thought they were joking,” he said Thursday on Fox News’s “Hannity.”
“I said, ‘No way, there’s just no way that’s going to happen,’” Trump told host Sean Hannity. "And it happened. I’m just flabbergasted by it. I think it’s amazing. I’ve never seen anything like that before.”
Lynch had what she said was an impromptu meeting with Clinton for about 30 minutes Monday evening at the Phoenix airport.
The rendezvous came hours before the House Select Committee on Benghazi released its report on the 2012 terrorist attacks in Libya and amid a DOJ investigation into Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits Biden sends 'best wishes' to Clinton following hospitalization The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - Jan. 6 panel flexes its muscle MORE's use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of State.
The 800-page report heavily criticized Hillary Clinton, Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonFormer President Clinton discharged from hospital The root of Joe Biden's troubles Bill Clinton expected to be released from hospital on Sunday MORE’s wife, for her handling of the incident.
Lynch said Monday before the summary’s release her visit with Bill Clinton involved no discussion of Benghazi or other political topics.
“Our conversation was a great deal about grandchildren, it was primarily social, about our travels, and he mentioned golf he played in Phoenix,” she said.
“There was no discussion on any matter pending before the Department [of Justice] or any matter pending with any other body, there was no discussion of Benghazi, no discussion of State Department emails, by way of example, I would say it was the current news of the day, the Brexit decision and what it would mean.”
Critics have pounced on the chat, however, arguing it casts doubt on whether the DOJ can fairly investigate Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
Trump called the encounter “horrible” earlier Thursday, adding it casts doubt on the pair’s judgment.
The White House on Thursday defended Lynch’s meeting with Clinton, saying President Obama and his attorney general remain committed to a fair DOJ email probe.
“I think the bottom line is simply that both the president and the attorney general understand how important it is for the Department of Justice to conduct investigations that are free of political interference,” press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.