March 03, 2017
Oh, Don Lemon. July 2016 wasn’t that long ago.
Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch did not recuse herself last year from the federal investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server. Lynch also did not meet with Hillary Clinton on a tarmac as federal agents reviewed the former secretary of state’s emails.
Watching CNN Wednesday evening, however, you’d think exactly the opposite.
“Loretta Lynch recused herself from any decision regarding Hillary Clinton because of that meeting of Hillary Clinton and Loretta Lynch, who was attorney general at the time, on the tarmac,” Lemon said during a panel discussion.
His remarks came in reference to recent calls for AG Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from an investigation into Russia’s alleged involvement in the 2016 election. The calls come on the heels of reports claiming the former senator failed to acknowledge during his confirmation that he reportedly spoke twice last year with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
The CNN panel, which included the network’s chief political correspondent, Dana Bash, CNN executive editor Mark Preston and CNN contributor Margaret Hoover, nodded along at first, and they continued their discussion of the Sessions controversy.
Bash eventually interjected to correct Lemon, saying, “Loretta Lynch, she did say she wouldn’t be involved in the decisions, but didn’t completely remove herself from the investigation, which could be an example of why [the Trump White House] potentially need to do it differently this time.”
Lemon still appeared not to understand his major mistake.
“Yeah, I may have misspoken. I meant Bill Clinton on the tarmac,” he said, correcting the lesser of his two flubs.
Bash added, “No, you’re right. You were absolutely right.”
Come on, fellas. This isn’t ancient history.
Just so we’re clear here: Loretta Lynch met privately with former President Bill Clinton during the height of the email server investigation. Lynch had no such one-on-one meeting with Hillary Clinton.
Further, Lynch never formally recused herself from the investigation. She said only that she’d accept whatever the FBI recommended.
“I fully expect to accept their recommendations,” Lynch said in an interview. “I will be accepting their recommendations.”
The FBI recommended that no charges be brought against Clinton, and the matter was dropped.
Lemon doesn’t appear to have ever corrected his mistake regarding the Lynch recusal that never happened. A CNN spokesperson did not respond to the Washington Examiner’s request for comment.