Trump: Clintons 'control' the Justice Department

Trump: Clintons 'control' the Justice Department
© Greg Nash

Donald TrumpDonald TrumpCheney says a lot of GOP lawmakers have privately encouraged her fight against Trump Republicans criticizing Afghan refugees face risks DeVos says 'principles have been overtaken by personalities' in GOP MORE on Thursday accused Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats worry negative images are defining White House Heller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll MORE and her husband, former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonBudget impasses mark a critical turning point in Biden's presidency Five takeaways from Arizona's audit results Virginia governor's race enters new phase as early voting begins MORE, of controlling the Justice Department and said they made an offer to Attorney General Loretta Lynch to avoid prosecution for Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. 

"They control, incredibly, the Department of Justice. And they even secretly meet with the attorney general of the United States in the back of her airplane while on the runway," Trump, the Republican nominee for president, said of the Clintons during a fiery speech in West Palm Beach, Fla.

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“They met for 39 minutes, most likely it was to discuss her reappointment in a Clinton administration as the attorney general, just prior to making a decision over whether or not to prosecute Hillary Clinton,” Trump said. “That’s what happened, that’s called real life, and that’s pretty sad."

Bill Clinton's meeting with Lynch on an Arizona runway — which Hillary Clinton’s campaign described as a chance encounter between friends — sparked a political firestorm. 

Republicans denounced the meeting and demanded that Lynch recuse herself from the email case. Both Lynch and Bill Clinton said in the days after the meeting that they regretted it but denied discussing the investigation.

During the speech, which mainly centered on rebutting the four women who have accused him of unwanted touching, Trump portrayed the Clintons as part of the rigged global machine working to keep his campaign down.