Matthew Yglesias: Aren’t Trump’s summits with Rosenstein like the Lynch/Clinton tarmac meeting?

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has been meeting with President Trump often enough to set off some connection in Matthew Yglesias’ brain. Aren’t Trump’s fairly frequent summits with Rosenstein questionable, at least if you consider that curious meeting between Bill Clinton and sitting Attorney General Loretta Lynch on the tarmac at an Arizona airport while his wife was under investigation “wrong”?

Heck, Bill Clinton is still offended by the suggestion that anything untoward was discussed:

Bill Clinton “offended” by accusations he was trying to influence Loretta Lynch https://t.co/RPfT1wfal2 pic.twitter.com/FOLEXooZB3

— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) June 14, 2018

But isn’t one of these things not like the other?

Because the chief of police meeting with his deputy is just like the spouse of a suspect meeting in secret with the person investigating them. https://t.co/TA2CahWESG

— Robert Barnes (@Barnes_Law) June 14, 2018

Rosenstein works for Trump. It’s a boss-underling meeting.

Bill Clinton was not only not in government then, but married to someone under criminal investigation by the DOJ.

— Honey Badger (@SalsaPrice) June 14, 2018

I’m not sure but I think that Trump might be POTUS https://t.co/fKGQld8WWS

— Dr. Richard Harambe (@Richard_Harambe) June 14, 2018

I usually agree with you, Matthew. But here’s the difference:
Clinton was not the sitting president when he met with Lynch and his wife was under investigation..

— RealTrumanDem (@RealTrumanDem) June 14, 2018

Uh @realDonaldTrump is the President, while @BillClinton was out of office, and his wife @HillaryClinton was being investigated.

— Glen Walker (@glenwalkerktla) June 14, 2018

this might be difficult to follow, but @realDonaldTrump is the President and Rosenstein is Deputy AG. Bill Clinton was NOT President, but was instead campaigning for his wife. Let me know if you get all that

— Brian Wise (@Brian_A_Wise) June 14, 2018

She was under investigation. He is not.

— Marie Ryan (@dmtryan) June 14, 2018

Cognitive dissonance alert https://t.co/OaIDACTPRQ

— Brendan Nyhan (@BrendanNyhan) June 14, 2018

if you need that explained to you then you need help

— Bullplop (@BryantBullplop) June 14, 2018

Lol. One of the better false equivalences floating around today https://t.co/xj9km6M7Gy

— Dragon Energy Enthusiast (@UnrealElijah) June 14, 2018

Ridiculous man https://t.co/ekmfYyEf8K

— Siami 🚂💨🇺🇸 (@Lillepschun) June 14, 2018

I am sure in your head this sounded like a super hot take.

— Judson McCulloch (@JudsonMcCulloch) June 14, 2018


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— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) January 23, 2018

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