WASHINGTON (Talk Media News) –As questions swirl around a meeting between Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former president Bill Clinton on Monday, the White House is standing by Lynch’s ability to oversee the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email use.
“The president’s view that this is an investigation that should be conducted without any political interference and that is her expectation as well,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Thursday.
Earnest largely skirted questions on the optics of the visit, but pointed to Lynch directly acknowledging the meeting when asked about it on Wednesday.
“Public trust would be eroded if people were not making an effort to make clear that these investigations should not be influenced by politics,” Earnest said.
Lynch and the former President met aboard Lynch’s plane after the two coincidentally found their planes sharing the tarmac at an airport in Phoenix, Arizona.
The Attorney General has told reporters the 30-minute meeting was social in nature and that the investigation was not discussed.
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump criticized the meeting during an interview with conservative radio host Mike Gallagher, describing it as “so horrible.”
“It was really a sneak,” Trump said.
The meeting has also been criticized by Democrats, including Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), who told CNN Lynch should have postponed the meeting until after the election.
The Justice Department is currently investigating whether or not Clinton’s use of a private email server jeopardized sensitive information.