Conservative group asks for probe of Lynch-Clinton meeting
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A conservative watchdog group is asking the U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General to investigate this week's meeting between former President Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch. 


Judicial Watch filed the complaint with the IG Thursday, writing that Lynch's meeting with Clinton "creates the appearance of a violation of law, ethical standards and good judgment," in light of the department's investigation in Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonShelby endorses Shalanda Young for OMB director should Biden pull Tanden's nomination Jennifer Palmieri: 'Ever since I was aware of politics, I wanted to be in politics' Cruz: Wife 'pretty pissed' about leaked Cancun texts MORE's use of a personal email server while secretary of State.

"Attorney General Lynch’s decision to breach the well-defined ethical standards of the Department of Justice and the American legal profession is an outrageous abuse of the public’s trust," read the complaint. 

"Her conduct and statements undermine confidence in her ability to objectively investigate and prosecute possible violations of law associated with President Clinton and Secretary Clinton." 

The private meeting between Lynch and Clinton, which lasted about 30 minutes, was described as an unplanned social visit on an airport tarmac in Phoenix. Lynch said Tuesday the two discussed Clinton's grandchildren, travels and golf. 

Judicial Watch also noted it has sent Freedom of Information Act requests "about this scandalous meeting." 

“Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s meeting with Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonMellman: White working-class politics Judge rejects Biden request for delay in Trump environmental rollback case Considering impeachment's future MORE severely undermined the already low public confidence in her agency’s criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton,” stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

Judicial Watch has also filed several open records lawsuits against the State Department seeking the emails Hillary Clinton turned over.