Labor Secretary Tom Perez says Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonMcConnell proposes postponing impeachment trial until February The Hill's Morning Report - Biden takes office, calls for end to 'uncivil war' The Memo: Biden strives for common ground after Trump turmoil MORE’s meeting with Loretta Lynch was a random twist of fate.

“This was, as I understand, a chance meeting where they ran into each other on the tarmac of an airport,” he said in clip previewing this Sunday’s “Meet the Press” on MSNBC.


“This wasn’t a, ‘I called you up and can we meet next Wednesday at 3 o’clock?’” Perez added. "It was a chance meeting at the airport. I think it’s really important for your listeners to appreciate this was not something that was planned in advance.”

Perez said Clinton tracking down Lynch is merely the former president’s friendliness.

“Anyone who knows Bill Clinton knows if he runs into someone at the airport by chance he’s going to come up and say hello to them,” he said.

Perez added the huddle does not compromise Lynch’s role as President Obama’s attorney general.

“I have great respect for Loretta Lynch,” he said. "I’ve known her for many years. She’s a person of great integrity and I trust her. It happened and she spoken, I think, very clearly about what she intends to do.

“[I have] tremendous respect as someone who worked at the Justice Department in both a career capacity and a non-career capacity, I have great respect for the dedicated career professionals at the Department of Justice.”

Clinton and Lynch on late Monday met privately at the Phoenix international airport. Lynch insists the chat remained largely personal, focusing on topics including families and recent travels.

But critics argue it suggests the Department of Justice (DOJ) will not conduct its investigation of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSamantha Power's Herculean task: Turning a screw with a rubber screwdriver Beau Biden Foundation to deny lobbyist donations, make major donors public Whoopi Goldberg wears 'my vice president' shirt day after inauguration MORE’s email server fairly. Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton’s wife, is under scrutiny for using a personal storage device as secretary of State.

Perez, meanwhile, is often floated as potential running mate for Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.