Hillary Clinton: Bill Clinton-Loretta Lynch Plane Discussion "A Short, Chance Meeting" That "Was Purely Social"


CHUCK TODD: Let me ask you this, your husband made an unannounced visit to the attorney general on the tarmac in Arizona. I’m curious of your initial reaction when you found out the news

HILLARY CLINTON: Well, I learned about it in the news and it was a short, chance meeting at an airport tarmac and on both of their planes, as I understand it, were landing on the same tarmac at about the same time and the Attorney General's husband was there. They said hello. They talked about grandkids, which is very much on our minds these days, golf, their mutual friend and former attorney general Janet Reno. It was purely social. They did not veer off of speaking about those kinds of, you know, very common exchanges.

CHUCK TODD: You didn’t view as what he did as inappropriate?

HILLARY CLINTON: Well it was a short, chance meeting that occurred, and they did not discuss the Department of Justice’s review. And I know that some, nonetheless have viewed the meeting in a different light, and both the Attorney General and my husband have said they would not do it again, and the bottom line, for me, is I respect the professionalism and integrity of the officials at the Department of Justice handling this process. I was pleased to have a chance to sit down and answer their questions today to try to help to bring this review to a conclusion.

CHUCK TODD: So you don’t, do you understand why many in the public, many, some of them are political opponents of yours, some are supporters, who thought that was a bad decision by your husband, that that was a mistake and he should have known better?

HILLARY CLINTON: Well I think, you know, hindsight is 20/20. Both the Attorney General and my husband have said they wouldn’t do it again, even though it was from all accounts that I have heard and seen, an exchange of pleasantries. But obviously no one wants to see any untoward conclusions drawn, and they’ve said, you know, they would not do it again.

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