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FBI may have more info on Lynch/Clinton 'tarmac meeting' than it let on

The FBI is reopening a records request seeking information about a June 2016 meeting between former president Bill Clinton and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

A records request regarding the tarmac meeting between former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton is being reconsidered by the FBI, according to Fox News.

The airport meeting between the husband of then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who was under investigation by the FBI for her use of a private email server as secretary of state at the time, and Lynch, an Obama appointee, led to Republican complaints about the investigation potentially being compromised.

The intelligence organization said in October it had no documents related to the meeting, which took place in June 2016.

The request was initially submitted by Jay Sekulow, the president of the American Center for Law and Justice. Sekulow said he was encouraged by the reopening of the case, but had a hard time believing new documents had just been discovered out of nowhere. In a statement, Sekulow accused the FBI of having been caught hiding the truth.

"It is unbelievable that the FBI bureaucracy still only admits that some documents 'may exist,'" the statement reads. "We know they exist."

The ACLJ recently released 400 emails they previously received about the meeting, which according to Fox News include information about Lynch using an email alias to discuss the secret meeting, as well as indications that there was concern about the optics of the meeting among Department of Justice staff members.

Initial reports about the meeting claimed that it was not pre-planned, and that the two caught up after realizing they were sitting on the same tarmac, according to The Washington Post. Lynch has said the encounter was social, and that no details of the investigation were discussed.

Sekulow, who is a member of President Donald Trump's legal team, said the ACLJ plans to continue pressuring the FBI for information about the meeting.

"We will press on in our legal fight to ensure that the details of the secret Clinton-Lynch meeting and the subsequent cover-up and withholding of information from the public comes to light," Sekulow's statement reads. "We will continue to legally hold the FBI’s feet to the fire and demand an expeditious and thorough search for all documents responsive to our request. We know they exist, and we’re willing to go to court to get them if necessary."

Former FBI Director James Comey has said the meeting between Lynch and Bill Clinton was a turning point in the investigation and led to his revelation to Congress 11 days before the election that the bureau would reopen the investigation into Hillary Clinton.

Hillary Clinton has cited Comey's letter to Congress as having played a large role in her election loss to Trump.

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