Comey Testifies AG Lynch 'Pressured' Him On Clinton Probe: "It Gave Me A Queasy Feeling"

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In perhaps the most stunning section of former FBI Director Comey's testimony today, he detailed his interaction with then Attorney General Loretta Lynch about his specific language about the Clinton Email "investigation."

For the first time, former FBI Director James Comey, who is testifying today before the Senate Intelligence Committee, said that President Obama's Attorney General Loretta Lynch asked him to downplay the Hillary Clinton's email scandal...

As DailyCaller notes, Comey said Lynch instructed Comey not to call the criminal investigation into the Clinton server a criminal investigation. Instead, Lynch told Comey to call it a “matter,” Comey said, “which confused me.” Comey cited that pressure from Lynch to downplay the investigation as one of the reasons he held a press conference to recommend the Department of Justice not seek to indict Clinton.

Full Transcript...

LANKFORD: Then you made a comment earlier a the attorney general, the previous attorney general asking you about the investigation on the Clinton e-mails saying you were asked to not call it an investigation anymore. But call it a matter. You said that confused you. You can give us additional details on that?


COMEY: Well, it concerned me because we were at the point where we refused to confirm the existence as we typically do of an investigation for months. And was getting to a place where that looked silly because the campaigns we're talking about interacting with the FBI in the course of our work. The Clinton campaign at the time was using all kinds of euphemisms, security matters, things like that for what was going on.


We were getting to a place where the attorney general and I were both going to testify and talk publicly about it I wanted to know was she going to authorize us to confirm we have an investigation. She said yes, don't call it that, call it a matter. I said why would I do that? She said, just call it a matter. You look back in hindsight, if I looked back and said this isn't a hill worth dying on so I just said the press is going to completely ignore it. That's what happened when I said we opened a matter.


They all reported the FBI has an investigation open. So that concerned me because that language tracked the way the campaign was talking about the FBI's work and that's concerning.


LANKFORD: You gave impression that the campaign was somehow using the language as the FBI because you were handed the campaign language?


COMEY: I don't know whether it was intentional or not but it gave the impression that the attorney general was looking to align the way we talked about our work with the way it was describing that. It was inaccurate. We had an investigation open for the federal bureau of investigation, we had an investigation open at the time. That gave me a queasy feeling.

So who was obstructing or trying to interfere there?

Comey said that this troubled him greatly and convinced him, “I have to step away from the department if we’re too close this case credibly.”

Still, we note that despite his admission that the conversation "gave me a queasy feeling," Comey went ahead and followed her orders because "that was not a hill i wanted to die on..."

Under questioning by panel chairman Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), Comey said that he was uncomfortable with the unexpected meeting Lynch had with former President Bill Clinton on an airport tarmac last year. Comey said that meeting convinced him that the independence of the investigation was tainted with regard to the Justice Department and led him to go public with the bureau's findings on Clinton.

Then Comey added in later testimony that "Loretta Lynch had appearance of conflict of interest."

As a reminder, Circa notes that when Comey testified on May 3 before the Senate Judiciary Committee, he was asked about the Lynch meeting.  He told lawmakers "a number of things had gone on which I can’t talk about yet, that made me worry that the department leadership could not credibly complete the investigation and decline prosecution without grievous damage to the American people’s confidence in the justice system.” Bill Clinton met with Lynch in June 2016 at an airport in Phoenix, Arizona. Lynch said at the time that "our conversation was a great deal about grandchildren, it was primarily social about our travels and he mentioned golf he played in Phoenix.”  On March 15, Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, sued the Justice Department for all relevant material related to the Lynch and Clinton Phoenix meeting.

Five things spring to mind:

1) The utter politicization of the Justice Department (from the top-down) under Obama, has now been exposed as "fact" if Comey is to be believed.


2) Why did Comey think that a Clinton "Hill" was not worth dying on, but a Trump "Hill" was?


3) Why didn't Comey "memorialize" this conversation in one of his memos at the time... as he said he did immediately after his Trump conversation?


4) So the only official to "pressure" Comey during his tenure was Loretta Lynch?


5) What would happen if AG Sessions colluded with the FBI Director to alter their statements about a Trump investigation for political reasons?

But hey, let's spend the day ignoring that focusing on speculation about Trump and his "Russian hookers" obsession. We leave you with this...

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TheRideNeverEnds's picture

Matter: an affair or situation under consideration; a topic.

So when will they rename it to the Federal Bureau of Consideration?

Just doesn't have the same ring to it.

logicalman's picture

I'd like to add something.

He was appointed AFTER it came out that HSBC was laundering drug money while he was on the board.

So, Barry appointed someone responsible for criminal actions as head of a 'law enforcement' organization.



AldousHuxley's picture

Forget email servers.....who are behind Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership



Bill Clinton helped start a Canadian charity that effectively shielded the identities of donors who gave more than $33 million that went to his foundation, despite a pledge of transparency when Hillary Rodham Clinton became secretary of state.

The nonprofit, the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (Canada), operates in parallel to a Clinton Foundation project called the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership, which is expressly covered by an agreement Mrs. Clinton signed to make all donors public while she led the State Department. However, the foundation maintains that the Canadian partnership is not bound by that agreement and that under Canadian law contributors’ names cannot be made public. <<<BS excuse

logicalman's picture

Lamp post ornaments would be more appropriate.

Just Another Vietnam Vet's picture



President Trump's attorney Press Conference after the Leaker testifies HOPE is a crime to some.


Nice condensation of  2.5 hours of many nut jobs wanting to smear the President


Number of Times= NINE  the Leaker testifies he could be wrong...........

peippe's picture

well, that's 25 upvotes, 

time for DC to shut down that dog & pony show....

now where's my damn southern wall?

Raincheck03's picture

Between your left and right cheek.

Raincheck03's picture

And being a complete clown who has one singular goal: enriching himself. Impeachment will crush his brand.

Raincheck03's picture

And being a complete clown who has one singular goal: enriching himself. Impeachment will crush his brand.

king leon's picture

I assume the word 'Alleged' doesn't appear in the US dictionary because for the last 7/8 months Russia has been accused day in day out of interfering in the 2016 US elections without producing one shred of evidence. 

Endgame Napoleon's picture

Good point. We were told by the MSM that he is such a fastidious note taker, and that is why we should accept the he said / he said "evidence" about this AND the "matter."

I thought McCain -- shock -- made a good point. He asked why Comey closed the Hillary part of the investigation at one point, or said he did, anyway. It was all part of a supposed Russian election hacking investigation, so if the Hillary part was closed, why was the Trump part still open?

The childless cat lady might have to go see what Deplorables have to say about that. They always diss McCain. McCain may be a GOPe, but he does not like it when they drum up a witch hunt that treats some differently than others. That is unfair. That has been done to him, actually, although it was a long time ago in The Swamp.

Croesus's picture

McCain is a piece of scum, plain and simple. He was a scum 'way back when', just like he's a scum now.

His entire political career is based on phony "war hero" credentials, and his service in both politics and the military was solely due to the Admirals.

He should have been put out to pasture decades ago, preferrably under it.

Erek's picture

Scuttle that bucket of chum!

Son of Loki's picture

"Heroes don't get caught in my book....."


McShame probably turned his entire platoon into the vietcong, he's so low.

Erek's picture

Heroes can sometimes get captured. It's what they do after that what counts.

McShitstain did nothing even approaching courageous let alone heroic.

DaveyJones's picture

McCain was one of the Keating FIve

Which is a lot like the Jackson Five

Only more child abuse

Yippie21's picture

Agree with ya Napoleon.  The "hack" the dems are upset about was at the DNC, no?  The FBI, if looking into Russian meddling, should have an open investigation going on that since that is the concrete accusation that leaks came from.  We all know it was Seth Rich that probably released the DNC stuff, and I've never heard the DNC claim Podesta was hacked... they try not to mention Podesta b/c there was so much dirt in there.

So McCain, whom I do not like, actually hit on something.  It's about Comey's PUBLIC statements and testimony.  How could he and the FBI seemingly be done with the Hillary side of the Russian stuff when that's where all the damage occured, but somehow he's still digging on the Flynn stuff where NOTHING occured... just inuendo and political hatchet job attack to hurt Flynn and Trump. 

The media will spin all this as a good day for Comey and we must persist to get to the bottom of it all.  Clearly, Comey was compromised and had a partisan and outsized opnion of just what his job was and who he worked for.  I hope Sessions is up to doing what needs to be done to those swampers he's worked with for 30 years...

NumberNone's picture

This guy is showing his true colors as a spineless bureaucrat only interested in serving his own self-interest.  Covered up for Loretta Lynch, agreed with Trump that 'Flynn was a good guy' with no confrontation of Trump regarding his ethical concerns.  However if it makes us all feel better, he did run to his car after speaking to Trump, crying like a rape victim about how violated he felt. 


HonoraryCarioca's picture

I bet when Comey became a member of the deep state, he dreamt of all the power and riches he would acquire. I bet he didn't imagine for one monent that he would be called upon to testify under oath to account for his actions, with a President and AG not part of the plot. Not that I feel sorry for him. Not one little bit. 

HonoraryCarioca's picture

I bet when Comey became a member of the deep state, he dreamt of all the power and riches he would acquire. I bet he didn't imagine for one monent that he would be called upon to testify under oath to account for his actions, with a President and AG not part of the plot. Not that I feel sorry for him. Not one little bit. 

Great Deceivah's picture

I wish i could see nigger Loretta's face the moment when scumbag Comey threw her under the Bus on public TV!!

swmnguy's picture

"Where are his private memos on this "matter" with Lynch?"

Has anybody ever asked him for them?  Is she under an official investigation?

Cynicles II's picture

Thus why he wanted it to be public.
Perhaps he did not like being intimidated by the previous admin

lew1024's picture

No, he sacrified Lynch to make the overall story believable. He didn't end "the Russians hacked the election", nor "Trump's people collaborated with the Russians to tip the US elections" theories that are the vehicle to impeach Trump.

Comey is one of the Deep State, a powerful man in the bureaucracy and a direct minion of the oligarchy.  They have not changed their goals, they have to get rid of Trump before he can get investigations going of 9-11, pedogate, Clinton Foundation, ...

I think the Deep State side is losing the game.  Follow the George Webb, Jason Goodman, Trish Nigron series on Youtube for the avalanche about to fall on the DS.

Oldwood's picture

Comey IS bureaucracy.

He is everything we hate about bureaucracy in that all he cares about is himself, his promotion and future, and as for our country, our constitution, our democracy.....he gives not a shit. This IS our government bureaucracy....layers and layers of self serving assholes who's agenda is seldom even tangential to ours.

GreatUncle's picture

The house is the swamp ... nobody realised it until now.

Oh .. er.

Sheesh's picture

Makes me think Trump has something on Comey.

I wonder what was in Comey's computer

dead hobo's picture

Picture this

J Edgar Hoover age 70 (in a dress) vs James Comey in the Thunderdome. Two men enter 1 man leaves. J Edgar would prevail in less than 10 seconds and Comey would choke on panties while crying.

rosiescenario's picture

Here, let me help you with that..."Two girly-boyz nancy-boy leaves"


It appears that the FBI building is a source of vaginitis, a disease causing men to act like women.

Endgame Napoleon's picture

Yea, at one point, he started in with the family vacation stories, bringing in the family touch, not exactly in the same way that Lynch used grandchildren as a shield in "the matter." But still. Women do use kids as very effective shields against repercussions for bad workplace behavior. It works every single time unless the mom is absentee all day, every day. It is hard to pull that one off forever.

dead hobo's picture

J Edgar wore a dress. Comey is a pussy.

TheGardener's picture

Freaking uncurable disease , no man has ever managed in a convincing manner.

Gals in otherwise manable age acting like guys maybe but the penalty is harsh as in no reproduction.

Banana Republican's picture

Does J Edgar get to shave his legs, or will he be going native?

LetThemEatRand's picture

Comey is no dummy.  He's throwing out bits and pieces for both Teams in order to maintain credibility (he even gave a little speech during his testimony about how this must mean he's being honest).  Ultimately, he's also throwing Trump under the bus.  

As for the testimony about Lynch's meeting with Bill Clinton, he said that Lynch asked him to call it a "matter," not an investigation.  He said he thought that was bad and that forced him to make a public statement in order to show the independence of the agency.  Of course no one asked the follow up question, "and the public statement you made was that Hillary did not break the law.  Did that have anything to do with Lynch leaning on you?"   He was never asked but would deny that his decision to close the investigation of Hillary had anything to do with Lynch's meeting with Bill.  

Comey has an agenda today and it's clear as day to me he wants to see Trump suffer a long impeachment attempt by the Blues.  Every word he says is carefully crafted to create the appearance of objectivity while he sticks in the knife.

nmewn's picture

Exactly right. 

Lowrenta meeting with Bill...WHILE...his wife Hillary is under an airport tarmac...having prohibited reporters access...WHILE...the meeting is taking place is NOT obstruction of justice. And Lowrenta DIRECTING him to use the same language  (a mere, matter) as the Alinsky Nuuuz and the Hillary campaign is using is NOT obstruction of justice. 

But hoping the Flynn "matter" (lol) gets over quickly is?

chunga's picture

This is all common knowledge. What are concerned citizens and taxpayers supposed to do if none of this occurs to a single one of our "representatives"?

Bonus question: If Trump doesn't play all his cards and get's his ass impeached, who's fault is that?

nmewn's picture

Far moar important is Comey admitted he's "a leaker" when he mansplained that he sent "his memos" to a Columbia professor for the expressed purpose of it/them being leaked into the Alinsky press.

Oh my  ;-)

DaveyJones's picture

pussies and liars and bears, oh my!

both political commentary

and an X rated version of Julie Garland

nmewn's picture

All we are winged monkey's, we are in the land of Oz  ;-)

Hata Mari's picture

MSM is now spinning it that only one memo .. an unclassified one .. after the White HOuse security meeting, is the one he sent to the friend.

I watched the testimony. He most definitively referred to 'memos' .. he was asked if he thought his friend still had these 'memos' and would be willing to surrender the 'memos' to the Committee.

Just gotta love how the 'fact-checkers' are altering the facts.


Endgame Napoleon's picture

Wow, this is another good analysis. Z-Hedge has some smart people. Funny that the MSM never comes up with anything that makes this much sense. How much do they pay them?

Onan_the_Barbarian's picture

Same as all the other Russian agents.  A bottle of Stoli every week and 40 acres in Siberia when it's all over.

rtb61's picture

Comey like all other political appointees never had to be particularly smart, just particularly corrupt, one that would hold loyalty to those who appointed him above loyalty to state or the majority of it's citizens. So why was a lawyer appointed to head the FBI instead of an experienced investigatory agent, an FBI agent. Why was not the most senior and experienced FBI agent appointed to the role, an establishment stooge through and through, who let off the Clinton Crime Clan, his true role, to make sure none of the establishment ever gets prosecuted.

Only main stream media, establishment media, give him any real role beyond being just another corporate stooge corrupting government agencies.

centerline's picture

I dont disagree as to his motives.  But, I would suggest that his attempts to play both sides from the middle has worn so thin that he looks like a total flake now.  Clearly caught up in the politics and conflicts of interest.

Damned if Lying Lynch shouldn't be indicted though.  He really torpedoed that sack of shit.  Wont hold my breath on anything happening.  At least not now.

GreatUncle's picture

It is that train wreck that never happens.

Comey rules, do not jump off the train and do try to extend it until after you are gone.

y3maxx's picture

 Because Hitlary's email server was completely unprotected, it would not be unsurprising that there were other countries, not just russia, screwing around with the election.

rosiescenario's picture

Macedonia, for example...

drendebe10's picture

Comeover has as much credibility as a plastic turd floating in the toilet in a diarrhea ward

BorisTheBlade's picture

One has to appreciate that he was and still is between rock and a hard place on this one. His very appearance speaks of that. Even with that in mind he comes across as a person who values his professionalism and impartiality well above partisan shenanigans trying to affect his judgement and actions. Not saying he is a saint, none in the high positions of power are, but he was grilled by both sides during the last year and I'm sure he personally has gone through hell and all of that happenned in the public view with tremendous prssure being applied. Not easy by any measure to go through such experience and come out on the other end maintaining self respect and composure the way he does. Professional guy.