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How the private meeting of Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton was exposed

Phoenix reporter acted on tip from trusted source
Posted: 7:45 AM, Jul 02, 2016
Updated: 2016-07-02 12:06:13Z

Amid an ongoing investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of email and hours before the public release of the Benghazi report, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch met privately with former President Bill Clinton.

The private meeting took place on the west side of Sky Harbor International Airport on board a parked private plane. It was discovered that the meeting was happening when a trusted source contacted a reporter at ABC15 , an E.W. Scripps Company television station.

The reporter, Christopher Sign, was able to get verification from a second source, then acted on the tip. Sign told Fox News' Bill O'Reilly , "Naturally, my jaw dropped."

Former President Clinton was visiting the Phoenix area and arrived to Sky Harbor Monday evening to depart.

Sources told ABC15 Clinton was notified Lynch would be arriving at the airport soon and waited for her arrival.

Lynch was arriving in Phoenix for a planned visit as part of her national tour to promote community policing.

ABC15 asked Lynch about the meeting during her news conference at the Phoenix Police Department.

"I did see President Clinton at the Phoenix airport as he was leaving and spoke to myself and my husband on the plane," said Lynch.

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The private meeting comes as Lynch's office is in charge of the ongoing investigation and potential charges involving Clinton's email server.

The private meeting also occurred hours before the Benghazi report was released publicly involving Hillary Clinton and President Obama's administration.

Lynch said the private meeting on the tarmac did not involve these topics.

"Our conversation was a great deal about grandchildren, it was primarily social about our travels and he mentioned golf he played in Phoenix," said Lynch Tuesday afternoon while speaking at the Phoenix Police Department.

Sources say the private meeting at the airport lasted around 30 minutes.

"There was no discussion on any matter pending before the Department or any matter pending with any other body, there was no discussion of Benghazi, no discussion of State Department emails, by way of example I would say it was current news of the day, the Brexit decision and what it would mean," she said.