Dem: Lynch should have 'steered clear' of Bill Clinton
A Democratic senator said Thursday that Attorney General Loretta Lynch should not have held a private meeting with former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonLarry Hogan's hopes Davis: Supreme Court decision is bad news for Trump, good news for Vance McCain's reset: US-Vietnam relations going strong after 25 years MORE this week.
Coons said he has been "impressed" by Lynch and her work since taking over the helm of the Justice Department last year, despite her meeting with Clinton.
"She has generally shown excellent judgment and strong leadership of the department, and I'm convinced that she is an independent attorney general," he said.
Lynch raised eyebrows when news emerged Wednesday that the attorney general, who is overseeing the investigation into Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrat Dana Balter to face Rep. John Katko in NY House rematch GOP lawmaker: Don't believe polls showing Trump behind Biden Kyle Van De Water wins New York GOP primary to challenge Rep. Antonio Delgado MORE's use of a personal server while secretary of State, met with Bill Clinton.
The pair met Monday night at the airport in Phoenix, with Lynch telling reporters that the pair discussed grandchildren, describing it as "primarily social."
Lynch said the pair did not discuss the Clinton email investigation or the House Benghazi panel's investigation, which was released the following day. 
Still, the meeting continued to raise conflict of interest questions. Sen. John CornynJohn CornynMJ Hegar wins Democratic battle to challenge John Cornyn The Hill's Campaign Report: Key races take shape in Alabama, Texas, Maine 5 key races to watch on Tuesday MORE (R-Texas) tweeted Thursday morning that Lynch should "avoid even the appearance of conflict." 
Pundits also ripped the meeting, with MSNBC's "Morning Joe" co-host Joe Scarborough saying the pair showed "extraordinarily bad judgment" and co-host Mika Brzezinski asking sarcastically, "And they didn't talk about it?"