First year students in every law school are required to study the Code of Professional Conduct, sit through lectures designed to impress upon them the need for strict adherence to the rules and the dire consequences for violation, including and up to disbarment.

The rules comprise a sizeable portion of the bar examination in every state, and new attorneys raise their right hands and swear an oath to obey the Code when they are sworn in to their state bars.

It would be natural to expect a graduate of Yale Law School who taught law and served as his state’s attorney general, and a Harvard Law School graduate, who was a federal prosecutor before going on to serve as Attorney General – the head of the Department of Justice – might be well versed on those rules.

That might be true unless the two were President Bill Clinton and current Attorney General Loretta Lynch who either suffered amnesia about their professional oaths or just don’t care.

Within the Code is the simple guideline governing interaction between attorneys and judges and anyone who might be connected with a case they are involved with as a witness or party.

The standard, that “even the appearance of impropriety must be avoided,” is considered essential to insure the faith of the people in their legal system.

Lynch is responsible for making the final decision on any recommended action against Hillary Clinton or the Clinton family foundation upon the conclusion of the FBI investigation that has taken more than a year to pursue.

So when Bill Clinton delayed take-off from a tarmac at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport to wait for Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s jet to arrive so they could have a chat, Democrats and Republicans alike were taken aback.

The “chat,” which Lynch said was “primarily about grandchildren and the president’s golf game,” lasted a half-hour, but the fallout from the encounter dominated the news for the rest of the week as pundits and politicians discuss the appearance of impropriety it created.

As calls for Lynch to recuse herself from her decision making role in any case involving the Clintons increased, Lynch assured the public that she and Clinton did not discuss the investigation on her jet, adding that she will be unbiased in making the decision.

One would have thought – and hoped – that such an assurance would be a given and not in need of reiteration.

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