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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incharge1976's picture

His statement about Lynch was only said to make him look better when saying Trump made him feel uncomfortable. It's said to make him look like he is a standup guy with no bias whatsoever. 

 

Berspankme's picture

Precisely. It was very self serving. Hey look I am the good guy here. Fucker is a pussy- queasy, uncomfortable, sounds like Mr Rogers.

SDShack's picture

Yes, I am the good guy with no integrity what so ever. I allow Lynch and Clinton to influence me, instead of resigning in protest because I love all the perks of my job. I was so queasy over private conversations I had with Lynch and Clinton, that I didn't write down the conversations, but I did with Trump. I leaked information to damage Trump, but not to exonerate him. My testimony today proves I perjured myself in my previous Senate testimony because Trump fired me... and on and on and on. Comey may have TRIED to make it look like he was the good guy, but the facts show he is as corrupt as any slimeball in DC.

ClickNLook's picture

His facial expression gave him away on that one.

He is not good poker player.

consider me gone's picture

Because he knows the libs are untouchable in any case.

Yen Cross's picture

   I don't mean to hijack this thread, but Tyler didn't mention the shitty US macro this morning.

  The only reason I am is because the fucking Dow is up 70+ points based on the testimony of some barking lap dog.

 

  05:30       USD         Continuing Jobless Claims     1,917K> slightly better     1,920K     1,919K    

05:30       USD         Initial Jobless Claims     245K<shitty     240K     255K    

05:30       USD         Jobless Claims 4-Week Avg.     242.00K <shitty        239.75K

 

* Also deserves shitty mention

      USD         Bloomberg Consumer Confidence     49.9         51.2    
      USD         Natural Gas Storage     106B     98B     81B   

wisehiney's picture

Looking to buy any nice dip in TLT.

spastic_colon's picture

how many dow points is GS and IBM today??

GreatUncle's picture

Short lived wait till Corbyn is PM tomorrow.

Al Huxley's picture

I think Comey's out of his league.  Surrounded by wolves on all sides, he doesn't have a fucking chance, he's not a natural born liar.

jmack's picture

He is a natural born weasel, though.

GreatUncle's picture

Better to have a bet on how long he lives ... whats the odds?

Soul Glow's picture

Did McCain just have a stroke on air???

The_Juggernaut's picture

He seemed addled, to say the least.

krispkritter's picture

I have an issue with McStain being on an 'Intelligence Committee'.  Then again 'Senate Intelligence' is pretty much an oxymoron.

blown income's picture

How many pictures does a photographer fucking need

DuneCreature's picture

You know what gives me a queasy feeling, Jim?

This shit:

~~~)))) The Pipe Dream Of Seeing Hillary Rodman Clinton In Jail ((((~~~

Put that in your pipe and smoke it for a minute.

George keeps offering the Killary Pirate Gang (tm) an olive branch.

Now, that may be a ploy of sorts George is trying. ... You don't start negotiating amnesty or immunity unless you think the cops have the goods on you for some crime. ... Apparently no one high up in the gang thinks they are in any Jeb Leprosy Land (tm) yet.

Hope on Hillary For Prison (c) fading? .......... Yeah, like a forest fire in a fifty mile-an-hour wind.

~~~~~~~~~~~~ !?!?!?!?! ~~~~~~~~~~~

Let's check out George at his favorite spook phone booth this morning.

"Hello, is this George Webb? ... Great, what's up, bro?"

Day 228.01 = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WRIA4J20ZI
` (Tracking the bad guys, the good guys and your pet cat too. The NGA IS watching your ass, sucker. ..... Tag, you're it.)

Day 228.02 = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ON97Piha_rk
` (Files everywhere and files can be faked, tampered with and spoofed.)

Day 228.03 = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snR8X0xdPBA
` (AT&T Long Lines of Sucker Tentacles - SIGIT & GEOIT)

Day 228.04 = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6NVte4yYwQ
` (CJIS - We Promis not to abuse our awesome fucking tracking monster machine says - The Crap Clapper)

Day 228.05 = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pm9jzM_PJg
` (Peddling stolen tech to every Tom, Dick and Mohammad)

Day 228.06 = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Bsk_dpOD2E
` (Honey Booboo and the Whole Damn Rabbit Black Hole of Fagitboutit (tm), it's too confusing.)

Day 228.07 = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srx7vp9GVOg
` (The shake down extortion shack - The Federal Court House in NYC)
` (It looks like George may have to do DHS, DoS & ICE's job for them too. .. Too many passports being issued to too many terrorists means someone is asleep at the front gate. OR ... WAIT! .... The terrorists are already manning the gate and letting all of their buddies in too?!? ... Oh, NO! This is getting serious!)

Day 228.08 =

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Meanwhile back at the George's JG Safe Haus Apt in NYC:

OH, Wait! ...... Jason isn't there! ..... Where in the world is Jason Goodman? .... Where could he have GONE??

Rush Hour = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVvcj-Ahn38

Gratitude = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQ0F-x8I3HA

Failing Pile of Garbage = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLhqHA3oLn8

Careful What You Stream.. =https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucuQiPdrD3o

Even Better Than #fakeneas, Virtual News = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCxShjEpudQ

Capture Me in 3D = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7RDtyUhwVs

Gibson = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUdkRIxnDG4

Amnesty International In Brooklyn = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6b0zmAUhbd0

NYC Transit = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42jwW8ESWb4

Federal Plaza = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fIqrxCHiZQ

Justice for Andrew McCabe? = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0n6zOxUGnk

Downtown = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Bc77xvTUg4

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

P-Tech = Your new best buddy. .... That puppy follows you around like you are carrying doggie treats in your back pocket.

Fuck you, Big Brother. ..... I need a second shadow like I need an in-grown infected toenail.

OH, Ok George, I see where you are going with this and so does the NGA. ... THEY ALWAYS SEE WHERE YOU ARE GOING!! ...Don't they? ................. Yep, they sure do. ... No, sneaking off from the Eye In The Bushes (tm) and the one on every lamp post. ....... What? They have an eye in the sky too??

IS THERE NO PRIVACY ANYWHERE ANYMORE???

Nope.

Bonus Back Story Links:

What sorts of things that can be accomplished 'open source' intel gathering. =

The Eyes Have It!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaDZmAFFDJU

Let's see that video footage DC Metro PD. .. We know ya got it on ya. ... GIVE IT UP, Homies!

Live Hard, Geeze, George, You Are Making Everyone Paranoid As Hell Telling Us All How It Really Is Out There On The Streets, Roads, Sidewalks And Hidden Foot Paths, .... nO wHERE tO hIDE!, Die Free

~ DC v6.5

WillyGroper's picture

back biting on all fronts getting nasty, but there is a point, which is why i like to poke holes in allovit.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_V0cHZL2TI

interesting comments too.

there is a noticeable anti-muzzie narrative amongst many of the so called alt.

albert pike's wet dream.

DuneCreature's picture

H. A. is a duffass.

Mis- direction. .. Scare tactics.

There will be plenty more as McCabe and Killary panic.

You can allege anything you want if you have sufficient cause.

It doesn't require an air-tight case at all.

If your suspect is a public figure you can tell everyone they are the devil himself.

On the Muzzie thing - Islam has it in for all non-Muslims. .. It is a fact. It is in the Koran. They teach it to the kids. They also teach the kids to lie about it to 'non believers'.

I have ZERO interest in being nice, tolerant, generous or accommodating to anyone who teaches their kids to want to kill everyone that doesn't believe the way they do. ....

That includes Christian and Jewish sects who outright teach or infer the same thing.

I'm a pagan and I have no intention of wiping out anyone because they don't like Mother Nature but I don't want a bunch of lying Allah fanatics living in my neighborhood either. .... They are dangerous, and I'm not stupid.

But, of course, it is too late to stop them. Thanks to Barry O they are already here and more coming. .. This will be trouble, I assure you.

Live Hard, Goodman Has Been Co-Opted And One Of (((Them))) and (((They))) Engineered The Muzzie Problem To Start With, Die Free

~ DC v6.5

WillyGroper's picture

"On the Muzzie thing - Islam has it in for all non-Muslims. .. It is a fact. It is in the Koran. They teach it to the kids. They also teach the kids to lie about it to 'non believers'."

that's what you believe.  could it be another dogma?  have a quran?  muslim friend?  i'm not saying bad things are not happening with some & no doubt this country has been invaded with cells of them...what i'm saying is not all of them can be tarred with the same brush.  i can't tell you how many here have given their quotes about "infidels" from the quran...that term originated with popery during the crusades, not muslims.  the quran i have states non-believers, nowhere is infidel used.  radicalization here is thru fetullah gulen's schools.  guaranteed.  my friend even told me how they tried to recruit some of their kids & they had nothin to do with it.  grant money is flowing in the direction of the mosques too & they're recruiting newly released black inmates.  they won't even go anymore.  so GW is on the right track there. where's that grant money coming from?  hellary, soros, the big  (O) ?  it is being cultivated by tptb.

gonna email you a pic straight from mecca of 1 of the oldest qurans.  enlarge it...if you catch it, the symbology is going to tell you sumpin as it did my friend who's head went to mush after seeing it.

all religions are bullshit created for division just like "denominations" of money.  damn successful too.  they are corporations to make money no different than ussa inc.  pick 1 & look it up.

h.a. makes some valid points. not saying he's right. 

one thing to consider GW has said repeatedly is dialing "back" the organ trafficking kiddie snatching, there's plenty of money to be made by all.  really?  how much is acceptable?  only unacceptable if they happen to be yours?  moral relativity?  nuh uh, no defense or justification for that whatsoevah.

DuneCreature's picture

Right. ... I'll say it right here.

Gulen is a CIA asset, a major one. ... A CIA money conduit (probably drug running funds. George seems to think so and so do I.) .. The money is squirreled away in Indonesia and Malaysia away from seizure in the US. ....... Mention Gulen around CIA dudes and you start getting sideways threats to shut the fuck up about him. ... We are talking CIA not the freelancer ex-CIA people. ... I don't think ex-CIA folks like Gulen at all. .. As a matter of fact I think they and the Russians warned Erdogan of the CIA coup in Turkey. ..

I think they are also the ones feeding George a lot of his intel (Just a guess, of course, but the pieces fit.).

Never a dull moment watching this mess unfold.

All of the IC spooks need to go. ... Scale back? .. Fuck that.

Big news about THE HAMMER coming out too today. .. Montgomery is suing Comey. .. Good for Dennis. .. Good man.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cexGKpXuOJo

Organized religions give me a headache. ... All of them.

Live Hard, Mother Nature Never Gives Me A Headache, She Cures Them For Me, Die Free

WillyGroper's picture

"I don't think ex-CIA folks like Gulen at all. .. As a matter of fact I think they and the Russians warned Erdogan of the CIA coup in Turkey. .."

i think it was someone here, but at the top they're working together in some fashion...maybe it was Ronald Bernard.   coulda been Sibel as she exposed fg long ago.  doesn't matter, it's the skullduggery being exposed that matters. i'm with you on that.

didja look at that symbology?  my friend had to point out the square & compass.

Great Deceivah's picture

George Webb Sweigert - "I deleted my first 50 videos MYSELF"

( but I lied to my followers for months saying it was a tech glitch )

Clip - https://streamable.com/qx00y

 

George Webb Sweigert, "I am a Berniecrat, and Jewish and always rooting for Mossad"

Clip - https://streamable.com/mm6v3

Bernie Sanders = Mossad?

 

George Webb Sweigert - Wants to go back to 'old business' of taking organs from adults rather than children. Doesn't want to take down the 'whole network'.

Clip - https://streamable.com/fu70s

From -- Day 219.3, published 30.5.17 -- https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BDRRT2AcRUMYouTube

DuneCreature's picture

I'm not saying George is a good guy.

He is or is being helped by the Mossad. .. And they are NOT my definition of the good guys at all. ... They almost single-handedly invented terrorism and false flag kill ops. (Not really, but they took both to new levels of insanity.)

BUT, I want George on the street doing what he is doing because he is exposing a METRIC TON of evil shit to a LOT of people. .. Stuff I've been trying to do for years now with very limited success.

I don't care who he works for. ........ I say, GOOOOOOO GEORGE!

Live Hard, There Are No Good Spooks. They Are ALL Wrecking The Country, But That Doesn't Mean There Aren't Good Things That Can Come From A Spy vs Spy War, Die Free

~ DC v6.5

GreatUncle's picture

Dune, try multiple DMZ routers in a chain and build multiple dead end subnets.

Lets see them break that privacy down.

Then let them follow the dead end trails.

If you make them circular they can never leave!

Starting to Have some fun right now.

farflungstar's picture

This is a colossal asswipe who needs to hide his head and disappear from the news as quickly as possible. 

GeezerGeek's picture

I hear that Kathy Griffin is available to help him 'hide his head'.

blown income's picture

Ya'll watch out for the boggie man in the closet

how_this_stuff_works's picture

And yet Comey clings to a credibility claim.

How is this not a conspiracy? HOW was it that Loretta Lynch made such a request on an individual who was no longer a member of the government but was running for the highest office in the land?

On what legal basis should Lynch have interfered in the FBI looking into "the matter" of Hillary using a nonsecured server?

GeezerGeek's picture

Legal basis? This was the Department of Just Us, remember? What part of Just Us is unclear?

Seasmoke's picture

Intent. Confused. Concerned. Queasy. This is the F.B.I ????? What a joke. 

Hongcha's picture

Agreed; this is more like newspeak isn't it.  Makes one wonder - are there any men in charge here ?  Apparently in other countries, there are.  Maybe we are arriving at a definition of 'Cucked' ...

GeezerGeek's picture

Next he'll be saying that it depends on what the meaning of 'is' is. WeaselSpeak.

Antivenom's picture

Comey is a simpering pussy

Berspankme's picture

Lowrenta probably soaked her depends

insanelysane's picture

I'm pretty sure there are statements by Loretta Lynch saying she had no involvement in Comey's investigation matter into Hillary's emails.  Wouldn't that be perjury?

hooligan2009's picture

perjury is just one of many felonies

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/441675/clinton-foundation-fbi-inve...

a pattern of pay-to-play bribery, the monetizing of political influence, fraud, and obstruction of justice that the Justice Department should be investigating as a possible RICO conspiracy under the federal anti-racketeering laws.

Tenshin Headache's picture

If Sessions has not been "compromised," and I pray he has not, that is exactly what they are doing right now.

lester1's picture

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

NoWayJose's picture

Comey could be jailed for many of his actions.

HRClinton's picture
§793. Gathering, transmitting or losing defense information

...

(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.

 

§793. Gathering, transmitting or losing DEFENSE information

Comey's notes might be FBI Property and there are legal aspects pertaining to that, but §793 does not apply here, because §793 refers to Defense matters.

 

hooligan2009's picture

seth rich

pizzagate

white house leaks

not asked about?

SmackDaddy's picture

Sheeeeeeeeeit.

How about WW1 and WW2?  Aka the Wars for the State of Israel.  Wars we had no business getting involved in.

All this shit going on is "bread and circuses" for people who thing they are too smart for bread and circuses.

hooligan2009's picture

focus... sdjust for wind and humidity

Anarchyteez's picture

Outta sight outta mind.

Fuckin Con-gress.

dexter_morgan's picture

Trying to position himself to avoid the worst of this storm that is coming

https://youtu.be/72t5wDZOZq8

Great Deceivah's picture

George Webb Sweigert - "I deleted my first 50 videos MYSELF"

( but I lied to my followers for months saying it was a tech glitch )

Clip - https://streamable.com/qx00y

 

George Webb Sweigert, "I am a Berniecrat, and Jewish and always rooting for Mossad"

Clip - https://streamable.com/mm6v3

Bernie Sanders = Mossad?

 

George Webb Sweigert - Wants to go back to 'old business' of taking organs from adults rather than children. Doesn't want to take down the 'whole network'.

Clip - https://streamable.com/fu70s

From -- Day 219.3, published 30.5.17 -- https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BDRRT2AcRUMYouTube

GreatUncle's picture

You can only not take sides for so long at some point you will be called out on it.

samsara's picture

"...without grievous damage to the American people’s confidence in the justice system."

That fucking horse is already out of the barn asshole.

Confidence ? You can't get less than zero. How's the pedophile case coming?

Confidence indeed