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Attorney General Loretta Lynch said on Sunday she regrets secretly meeting with former President Bill Clinton last June because of the negative impression it gave some voters.

“I do regret sitting down and having a conversation with him because it did give people concern. And as I said, my greatest concern has always been making sure that people understand that the Department of Justice works in a way that is independent and looks at everybody equally,” Lynch said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

The Obama official said it has been “painful” for her to see how the infamous airport tarmac meeting played out during the height of an FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.

“It did make people wonder: Is it going to affect the investigation that’s going on? And that’s not something that was an unreasonable question for anyone to ask,” Lynch added. “I wish I had seen around that corner and not had that discussion with the former president, as innocuous as it was, because it did give people concern.”

Ten days before the election, FBI Director James Comey announced new developments in the Clinton probe and that it would be re-upping its investigation into the Democratic nominee. The weekend before the Nov. 8 election, Comey said it was a false alarm.

Outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has blamed Comey for costing Clinton the election.

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