Trump: Clintons 'control' the Justice Department

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

Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future MORE on Thursday accused Democratic presidential nominee 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 and her husband, former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonTrump on his 'chosen one' remark: 'It was sarcasm' Kentucky basketball coach praises Obama after golf round: 'He is a really serious golfer' Democratic governors fizzle in presidential race 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.