After an ill-advised confab with Bill Clinton that he initiated, Attorney General Loretta Lynch took full responsibility for the meeting.
People have a whole host of reasons and questions about how we in government do our business,” Ms. Lynch said. “I understand that my meeting on the plane with former President Clinton could give them another reason to have questions and concerns.”
While she insisted that the meeting was a purely social encounter, Ms. Lynch said, “I certainly wouldn’t do it again."
Lynch also stated that she would defer to the FBI's recommendation when it came to the decision whether to prefer charges against Hillary Clinton.
Without question, Lynch handled this as well as she could. She admitted error. She did not pass the buck and she provided a specific remedy for the error. Even more instructive than Lynch's classy response is what she did not do.
1) She did not blame partisan politics for the issue being raised. 2) She did not insist that she's an honest and trustworthy person or that 3) nobody has shown a connection between her meeting with Bill Clinton and any favors she did for anybody. 4) She did not insist that she complied with all the rules in effect at the time. 5) Likewise, she did not claim other Attorneys General did exactly what she did and nobody raised a ruckus. 6) She did not send out surrogates to attack the media.