Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort Says Bill Clinton's Meeting With Loretta Lynch May Have Influenced Email Investigation

Paul Manafort says it may have influenced FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton.

“Is that what the delegates here think, that Hillary Clinton should be in jail?” Stephanopoulos asked Manafort this morning on “GMA.”

“Yeah,” the longtime Republican strategist replied with a laugh.

He then added: “I think that what people in this hall feel is that she should be prosecuted for alleged crimes that this FBI director sort of listed very clearly and then chose not to prosecute.”

Earlier this month, FBI Director James Comey announced that his agency would not recommend that charges be brought against Hillary Clinton after a yearlong investigation into her handling of classified information while serving as secretary of state.

“Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case,” Comey said in a July 5 news conference.

“In looking back at our investigations into the mishandling or removal of classified information, we cannot find a case that would support bringing criminal charges on these facts.”

A day later, the U.S. Department of Justice, which had the ultimate say when it comes to prosecuting the presidential hopeful, declared that its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email setup had been formally closed without any criminal charges.

The announcement came just days after Lynch had an unplanned meeting with Bill Clinton aboard her plane on the tarmac at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. Lynch said the investigation was not discussed but admitted that the meeting had “cast a shadow” on the process and raised questions.

"Certainly, my meeting with him raises questions and concerns," Lynch said at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado on July 1. "It has now cast a shadow over how this case may be perceived, no matter how it's resolved. ... [But] it's important to make it clear that that meeting with President Clinton does not have a bearing on how this matter is going to be reviewed, resolved and accepted by me."

She added, however: "I certainly wouldn't do it again."