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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chiquita's picture

he comes across as a person who values his professionalism and impartiality well above partisan shenanigans 

 

Sorry--what I see is a slimey bastard who has a very clear agenda all around--looking out for his own ass.  Comey had no problem doing all the bidding for Obama's administration.  He did not do his job within his capacity as the FBI director to pursue investigations in many different "matters" that occurred in the last 8 years (or his part of those).  He claims to have been uncomfortable with Lynch's actions and her request to call the Clinton email investigation a matter rather than what it was.  If he had a problem with it, then he should have been less worried about his job and more forthright about the law.  It was not his job to pronounce Clinton's innocence or to be the judge and jury on that investigation.  His position allowed for him to present findings and if there was not going to be impartiality on Lynch's part, he could have suggested a special prosecutor be appointed or requested a grand jury.  If Lynch still persisted in closing the matter, it would have blown back on her and Obama.  Comey totally overstepped because he would get the least amount of blow back on it.  

His copious note taking appears to be very convenient--he only appears to do it when he has to cover his ass or he has to make something up later for whatever situation sounds good.  Who is going to question it if there's nobody else present to dispute his account of the meeting or when he wrote up his notes.  It's all he said/he said.  My money is not on someone who has thrown his lot in with a bunch of liars who have already proven they can't be trusted.  He was fired for cause and asking him what he thinks that is makes these hearings seem ridiculous.  Of course he will think it's due to an investigation that is antagonizing the President.  However, without having any inside knowledge, I'd put my money on the fact that Trump saw just how untrustworthy and self-serving Comey actually is.  That, along with the mistake of not just letting Comey go as soon as he was inaugurated, was better late than never--Comey had to be let go so whether it was first thing or a couple months into it was inevitable.  

If Comey is a team player, the only team he's ever consistently played on is for the Clintons.  Look at his history going all the way back to Whitewater.  His absolution of Clinton in the email investigation may have cost her the election, but she's not wearing an orange jumpsuit so he sure as hell looked out for her best interests, no?  He's not a good guy.


BorisTheBlade's picture

Ouch. That sounds like a verdict. And I gotta admit, I am a shitty devil's advocate.

fockewulf190's picture

"During his previous Senate Hearing in May of 2017, he denied being pressured to drop or halt any INVESTIGATION, BUT..."

Yeah well, if it isn't called an "investigation" anymore, and it's now called a "matter" well, shit, just shut the bitch down! So Comey went to the public and did just that! Motherfucker, what changing one word can do!

ReZn8r's picture

Kill them all, every fucking one of them! Start with the mulattos.

Sweet Chicken's picture

You should have far more upvotes. :/

MEFOBILLS's picture

Fucking lawyers – Comey, Hillary, 0bama! Every time, every fucking time they say one thing, but it means something else!

 

Lawyers are taught to win in court, and to use the law as their weapon.  No discussion on morality in that paradigm.

The founders set the country up for CITIZEN STATESMEN, where people form normal walks of life were to enter into politics, and only for a short time.... no career politicians.

They especially didn't mean career lawyer politicians.  And for sure, they didn't mean dual shitizens.

The U.S. is WAY OFF TRACK.

GreatUncle's picture

The real point is can the US get back to what it was supposed to be or is it now an elite slave paradise?

I don't think so and certainly not without war.

Great Deceivah's picture

But but.. it thought nigger Loretta and Pedo Bill were just talking about their children, and playing golf and the weather 'n shit.. 

consider me gone's picture

Ooohh. I made the same mistake. It's like algebra. The devil is in the details.

null's picture

Not one of the three you mention was actually a "lawyer" recently. Only Comey has ever actually worked as one and who knows when that was (whitewater don't count).
Get some narrower brushes please ...

Antivenom's picture

However he stated that Loretta had him publically MISLEAD the public that Hillary wasn't under criminal investigation, but was looking into a "matter"...as if that fuckwad didn't realize he was feeling queasy because he was a political whore...doing another whores bidding.

dhengineer's picture

Or zoo chimps flinging their poo at each other between the bars of their cages...

So the affirmative-action AG just got caught defending the Depends-wearing pant-suiter... hmmm, that wasn't supposed to happen.  Somebody got off script here.  Hope Comey has a nail-gun-proof hat to wear home tonight...

ReZn8r's picture

I hope he don't. I hope someone follows him home and nails him to a giant billboard. With lots of lights shining on him.

lester1's picture

Comey admitted to a felony!!

 

When Jim Comey gave his memos to a third party friend, he committed a felony. Those memos actually belonged to the FBI and we're FBI property because he wrote them on his classified laptop and while on duty as director!

 

18 USC 793 subsection F

hedgeless_horseman's picture

He committed a felony!!!  

 

However, in United States of America, "All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others."

 

Animal Farm, George Orwell, Signet Classics, page 134.

drendebe10's picture

Fukda more equal animal turds. Fukemall

rosiescenario's picture

Well, if he had done that outside the Beltway you would be right.

Eyes Opened's picture

As he had No Intenttm  no felony was committed , Mr. Comey ? You're free to go....

VWAndy's picture

 Moving the goalposts. Just so you know they are in constant motion.

  All of this should have been handed over to a civilian Grand jury along with Seth Rich,Hilleries server,Debbie Wassername,Fast and frivolous,Pizza gate,Bengazi,Afgan poppies and on and on. The very notion that anyone could investigate themselves honestly is straight up fraud.

swmnguy's picture

OK, who's going to convene this Grand Jury?

There's the rub.

GreatUncle's picture

The very notion that anyone could investigate themselves - and why it will stay as it is until enough of the oridnary people revolt.

Long mercenaries in trenchcoats to keep a population in line for now.

HRClinton's picture

18 USC 793 subsection F

(f) Whoever, being entrusted with or having lawful possession or control of any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, note, or information, relating to the national defense, (1) through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of his trust, or to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, or (2) having knowledge that the same has been illegally removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of its trust, or lost, or stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, and fails to make prompt report of such loss, theft, abstraction, or destruction to his superior officer-

Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.

 

swmnguy's picture

What does this have to do with "the national defense?"

Antivenom's picture

You are referencing a law clearly tied to DEFENSE, military operations...

SDShack's picture

Not only did he leak his own memo, he actually committed perjury. In his previous Senate testimony while still FBI Director, Sen Grassley specifically asked Comey if he had ever leaked any information. Comey said "No". Grassley then asked Comey if he directed anyone at the FBI to leak information, and Comey again said "No". Comey also testified that Lynch never influenced him concerning the Clinton "matter". Clear perjury by Comey on the record based on today's testimony.

Bigly's picture

+1

I see you said the same but better. I agree

swmnguy's picture

Comey didn't "leak" any information.  He gave it to somebody else who leaked it.  Clever.  And it wasn't somebody at the FBI.  And Comey says Lynch never did "influence" him; merely tried to synch up semantics with him.

These people are all lawyers.  You have to understand how lawyers understand and respond to questions.  This is why legal documents are so difficult for the layperson to understand.  They're incredibly specific, and the white space on the page is more telling than the black text.

SDShack's picture

I understand EXACTLY how lawyers think. That's why I know nothing will come of this other then just more huffing and puffing on all sides. The bottom line is this... right or wrong. To answer that I will use Comey's own Hitlery logic... the logic of intent. Based on Comey's actions and statements, there is no doubt as to his intent. His intent was soley to protect his ass, his job, and therefore his perks... nothing else. He therefore refused to fulfil his oath. If he had any integrity, he would have either taken action years ago against any number of 0zer0 and Clinton criminals, or he should have resigned in protest. To do neither proves his corruption.

Now being held accountable under a new administration, he again doubled down on his own selfish ambition, and was correctly fired for incompetence. But that still wasn't enough. He had to triple-down by trying to exact revenge against Trump who correctly held him accountable. Comey's actions, and now his own testimony today show he is corrupt to the core, and has been for years.

Antivenom's picture

Comey woke up in the middle is the night and decided to "get his side of the story out".

INTENT.

he contacts a trusted friend a former FBI agent, and the 2 arranged for the "getting his side of the story" out.

Comey admitted Daniel Richman still had memos.

My bet...

Daniel Richman and Comey crafted the letters after the firing...for CYA purposes.

Comey is whining and protesting too much...he knows his office was tossed, randsacked while he was in California during his firing...and that they have the goods on him.

Bigly's picture

I am seeing at least two felonies. Yours plus perjury where he had previously said he was never pressured AFTER he previously indicated he was. One of those times under oath, he lied 

swmnguy's picture

The exact phrasing of the questions asked each time is where the Devil is.

Bigly's picture

Hmmm

The meaning of the word 'is'?

Those slimebags!!!

consider me gone's picture

Consider Hillary Clinton. Do you really think the law will be applied or even considered? only if it were you or me. 

Not Too Important's picture

Why James Comey's Congressional Testimony Was Postponed To Today - June 8, 2017

50 years ago, on June 8, 1967, 34 American sailors of the USS Liberty lost their lives serving their country. These Americans died when Israel, America's "ally," launched a murderous attack using US-supplied weapons on the virtually unarmed American intelligence ship. First the Israelis sent jets to bomb the ship into the sea, then they sent armed helicopters to kill any surviving sailors outside on the ship's deck or in the water.

To this day, many Americans are unaware that this attack even took place. During the two hour assault there were two different American flags raised yet the attack still persisted. There were numerous US military units in surrounding countries that were scrambling fighter jets, but they were ordered to stand down by their superiors at the Pentagon. 

After the crew was rescued 16 hours later, only after a Soviet destroyer in the vicinity came to their rescue and threatened to shoot down any Israeli jets or helicopters still in the area, they were immediately ordered silent under threat of court martial "or worse" by US Military command.

The effort to suppress all knowledge of this event was directed by Admiral John McCain Sr., Senator John McCain's father.

There will be no anniversary recognition by the US Navy. There will be no anniversary recognition by the US Military as a whole. There will be no anniversary recognition by the US government at all. There will, however, be celebrating in Israel, acknowledging they got away with attacking a US Naval ship in an unprovoked attack.

The men aboard the USS Liberty deserve every recognition who died in service to their country have earned. Not the James Comey circus.
larz's picture

That queasiness was bad gas you duplicitous worm

nmewn's picture

The Federal Bureau of Matters...lol.

Hulk's picture

FBM !!! How appropriate, BM !!!

SillySalesmanQuestion's picture

Lol. The Feral Bureau of Excrement... this shit stinks.

Erek's picture

How about Federal Bowel Movement?

A whole bunch of shit but not a fart in a carload.

GreatUncle's picture

Do they have a "depends" dept. yet?

Hikikomori's picture

None of this testimony will have the slightest effect on the I'm With Hers, who are convinced that feelings are facts.  Logic does not work with such people.  The mass hysteria will continue through all eight years of the Trump Presidency.

consider me gone's picture

That is the truest thing I will read today on this whole "matter."

wisehiney's picture

Scumbag comey very nearly choked me to death on this chicken sandwich when he said...

"We are still the Shining City On The Hill...."

And just when I had stopped gasping and choking, he hits me again with....

"Important for the children......."

I highly recommend not watching this ass while eating. 

Queasy!

DuneCreature's picture

Fuck, I missed the good parts.

I always enjoy a good Slippery Jim money shot.

Live Hard, They Just Aren't The Same On Review And Re-Play, Die Free

~ DC v6.5

rosiescenario's picture

His vaginitis came out of remission....