Comey reportedly confronted Lynch over Clinton email probe involvement

14 June 2017 Filthy Criminals Fox

Via Fox

Former FBI Director James Comey reportedly told members of Congress that he had a “frosty” exchange with former Attorney General Loretta Lynch last year when he discussed her possible interference in the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

Circa reported that in a closed session following Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee last Thursday, the fired FBI director told lawmakers he confronted Lynch over a sensitive document reportedly suggesting she had agreed to stop any Clinton prosecution.

During the closed-door conversation, Comey reportedly told lawmakers Lynch looked at the document and then looked up with a “steely silence” — and directed Comey to leave her office.

In the open session before the Intelligence Committee, Comey said that Lynch directed him to describe the Clinton email probe as a “matter” and not an “investigation.” Comey also said that the directive, combined with Lynch’s unusual Arizona tarmac meeting with former President Bill Clinton, led him to make his independent announcement regarding the Clinton email probe last July.

Comey testified that the tarmac meeting was a “deciding factor” in his decision to act alone to update the public on the Clinton email probe—and protect the bureau’s reputation.

“There were other things, significant items,” he added, citing how “the Attorney General directed me not to call it an investigation and call it a matter—which confused me.”

“That was one of the bricks in the load that I needed to step away from the department,” Comey said, later adding he was concerned Lynch was trying to align the DOJ’s comments with the way the campaign was talking about the probe. “That gave me a queasy feeling,” he said.

On Wednesday, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, sent a letter to committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and said the committee will pursue investigations into any efforts to influence FBI investigations.

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    • Rijomi2

      I saw this before and have a problem with Russia had no effect on the election. Why include Russia that actually tried to intefere? Makes it look a rationalization.

  • Rijomi2

    He said most of this in open testimony and surely indicated it was a unilateral discussion.

  • skydove

    Comey seems to have told the president three times that he wasn’t under investigation. He’d expressed concern about being alone with the president before all this blew up. Prior to the private conversation in which the president is said to have expressed a “need” for “loyalty,” the president emptied the room of government officials who had security clearance to hear a POTUS-FBI chief conversation; those officials included the vice president and the attorney general the president had selected. Comey has said that this act bothered him because he didn’t trust the president not to lie about the tete-a-tete later; he said “lie” in his testimony to Congress. He then acknowledged that he’d wimped out by not trying either to pin the president down or to educate him.

    Comey’s poor judgment in his solo crusade of the past year has been exposed and analyzed to death. He can’t take back his words. Let it go. The wish of many millions to see Hillary indicted and made to stand trial is just and public spirited. It’s also a separate issue. This flailing about by Fox, whether voluntary or at direction, is at best unhelpful; at worst, it fuels the criticisms of the president’s opponents to the effect that distraction is one of its most reliable tools.