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.

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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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rbianco3's picture

Sessions is a real patriot as many know but he needs an 'alpha-male' training course.

He's one of those guys that would wait at the bar for an hour before getting the attention of bartender.

Last of the Middle Class's picture

Every time the Senate pulls off one of these million dollar propaganda cluster fucks they end up taking it in the ass with no vaseline. Comey can't talk because he'll expose more Obama, Lynch, and whomever's silent coup d 'etat plans to destroy what once was a functioning government. Those guy, all of them are vile and to be despised for attempting to alter function of a government for nothing more than greed and money. They're a laughing stock stealing massive amounts of money and wonder why flyover America hates their dumb asses. Pitiful.

Totally_Disillusioned's picture

Like all Clinton fixers, Comey is a loser!  Without the machine behind him he's weak, nauseous, confused and upset.  

ParaZite's picture

Can we just call it treason?

#LockThemUp #LockHerUp

africoman's picture

Have anyone noticed and wondered about McCain seemingly confused but deliberate questioning of Comey on the hearing?

Here is some excerpt:

Mr. McCain, 80, Republican of Arizona, said he believed there was a “double standard” because an investigation into the use of a private email server by Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president, was completed in July, while an investigation into Russia’s meddling in the presidential campaign continues.

“It’s hard to reconcile: In one case you reach a complete conclusion, and the other side you have not,” he said.

He added: “She’s one of the candidates, but in her case you say there will be no charges, and in the case of President Trump, the investigation continues.”

 

***********What was John McCain up to? Obviously, he isn't just on Comey he had another target, In my opinion, he tried to inflame the Russian investigation in meddling USA election was a fact and yet we/U$A aren't bombing them because you Comey failed to conclude the FBI investigations like you did for Hilary private server....

*****Did he succeed? no, he failed because Russian hacking fuss is a double edge sword when they put more lies about it without evidence, it exposes them and opens many questions and damage credibility, while irritating Russians and free citizens like me.

Such a disgrace fag, sitting in a high place to insult a justice***********

 

Northern Flicker's picture

Comey's strategy:  say a few things to make himself look honest so he could sell "the Russians did it (hack)," despite showing no evidence for same. If no hack, then there would be no need for a Special Counsel, and he knows Mueller will forment more problems for Trump - possibly dragging things out for years. Liar. Trump needs to step out in front of this.

rbianco3's picture

Is it possible Comey let Trump fire him so that he'd be put on the stand? Wishful thinking huh?

This would force him to say what happened with traitor Lynch and the Clinton/Obama conspiracy thereby saving him from murder like others that harm the Clintons or Obamas. This is war and the Clintons, Bush's, Obama's started it.

rbianco3's picture

Has anyone noticed many of the anti-Trumpers, McCain, Graham have changed their tunes recently?

I saw Graham in an interview with Fox News and he defended Trump, but the man looked like he hadn't slept in a week his eyes were all bugged out and red. I almost felt some empathy for him, something I am having a hard time preventing as I get older and wiser (or maybe niave again)

 

Ofay Cat's picture

THIS GIGANTIC ASSHOLE SPENDS FAR TOO MUCH TIME TALKING ABOUT HIS 'FEELINGS' ... JESUS ..... grow the fuck up and be a man. Feelings are for women.

 

When men ran the world ... we had occasional wars and stuff, but things worked pretty well for the most part.

 

Women are now dominating in poltics, education and so on ... now nothing works very well. Too many hurt feelings and withheld entitlements.

 

Not to mention those pesky men who are still trying run the show and make it difficult for the feminists to rule as they want to .... god help us if they ever do.

 

 

ClickNLook's picture

"I can't stop this queasy feelin'
Deep inside of me
Girl you just don't realize
What you do to me"

40MikeMike's picture

Lynch Lynch.

 

Is that a sentence?

 

Her freed slave forbearers must have been confused.

40MikeMike's picture

I've had it with this MSM fantasy world and libs who actually believe that propaganda. I think it time for action...

 

I might be too old to lead the charge but I have absolutely no problem with anyone starting to "eliminate" the media.

 

No one but surviving family members and a few shrill zealots would object once the ball got rolling, so to speak. The deaths of several hundred of the worst lib media would be celebrated by 70% of America, outright. The other 30%, the really hardcore stupid ones, would be too terrified to utter a word. And that minority doesn't matter anyway other than to become indentured servants. That group has a lot of payback coming, in a really, really painful, excruciating way.

 

This is something worth achieving and long overdue.

 

Who would bother (dare) to prosecute ?

 

I think the elimination of this crowd of liars is a necessity.

 

And, a pleasure.

40MikeMike's picture

Begin the long overdue counterattack of the Clinton scum.

 

Prosecute these awful people and ruin their lives. Strive for prison sentences, and if the prosecution is very robust, multiple suicides of the accused. Though hanging these traitors is probably a personal fantasy of mine I think suicides for many is a reasonable goal for a determined bunch of prosecutors. Let that be known to the public from the git go.