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 ClintonMonica Lewinsky responds to viral HBO intern's mistake: 'It gets better' 40-year march: Only one state doesn't recognize Juneteenth Fire-proofing forests is not possible MORE this week.
"I don't think it sends the right signal. I think she should have steered clear even of a brief, casual, social meeting with the former president," Sen. Chris CoonsChris Andrew CoonsCentrists gain leverage over progressives in Senate infrastructure battle The Hill's Morning Report - After high-stakes Biden-Putin summit, what now? Tensions grow between liberals and centrists on infrastructure MORE (D-Del.) said on CNN's "New Day."
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 ClintonWhite House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine Monica Lewinsky responds to viral HBO intern's mistake: 'It gets better' Virginia governor's race poses crucial test for GOP 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 CornynThe Senate is where dreams go to die Federal government to observe Juneteenth holiday on Friday Joe Manchin keeps Democrats guessing on sweeping election bill 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?"