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Attorney General Loretta Lynch says she 'regrets' tarmac meeting with Bill Clinton

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 28: U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Loretta Lynch testifies during a confirmation hearing before Senate Judiciary Committee January 28, 2015 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Lynch will succeed Eric Holder to be the next U.S. Attorney General if confirmed by the Senate. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Attorney General Loretta Lynch now says she regrets her tarmac meeting with former President Bill Clinton in Arizona last summer, which came just days before the FBI cleared Hillary Clinton from any criminal wrongdoing in her use of a private email server.

The suspicious meeting — which no one knows what was actually discussed — was a concern for many. Because even if Lynch and Clinton weren't talking about Hillary's email scandal, the optics were extremely bad for the sitting attorney general.

Still, many contend that Clinton was making a final plea to Lynch to ensure that the outcome of the investigation would be in Hillary's favor.

But Lynch said on CNN "State of the Union" Sunday that the regret she feels over the meeting is because of the concern it gave many people.

"I do regret sitting down and having a conversation with him, because it did give people concern. And as I said, my greatest concern has always been making sure that people understand that the Department of Justice works in a way that is independent and looks at everybody equally," she said.

"And when you do something that gives people a reason to think differently, that's a problem. It was a problem for me," the attorney general added. "It was painful for me, and so I felt it was important to clarify it as quickly and as clearly and as cleanly as possible."

Watch Lynch's interview with Jake Tapper below:

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