Dem: Lynch should have 'steered clear' of Bill Clinton
"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 CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsThe United States broken patent system is getting worse Biden faces scrutiny for his age from other Democrats Democrats press FBI for details on Kavanaugh investigation 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 ClintonTrump takes aim at media after 'hereby' ordering US businesses out of China Trump knocks news of CNN hiring ex-FBI official McCabe Taylor Swift says Trump is 'gaslighting the American public' 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 Hill's Morning Report - Trump hews to NRA on guns and eyes lower taxes The Hill's Morning Report - Trump on defense over economic jitters Democrats keen to take on Cornyn despite formidable challenges 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?"