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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DuneCreature's picture

Always dropping by to cook things down to the essence, aren't you, samsara?

Live Hard, Careful You'll Run Tyler Out Of A Job, Die Free

~ DC v6.5

samsara's picture

Hey DC how you doin?   


DuneCreature's picture

Good. ... Interesting day, huh?

Good to see you are still on it too.

Live Hard, Never A Dull Moment Swimming In The Murky Swamp Water Shark Tank, Die Free

~ DC v6.5

Lostinfortwalton's picture

Where is Loretta? Can't she waddle out to the microphones and enlighten us?

Rakksan's picture

Another of Obama's crooked mulattoes.

fellatio is not fattening's picture

He's tossed them under the bus quick enough, you won't see his face (YEAH) anytime this week to be asked about Comey's statements, not that lying is an issue for him

barysenter's picture

Who interferred with all the 2016 elections? Clintons, Obama, Podestas, Comey, the DNC with the help of scumbagmen like ISI, MI6, Creamer, Brock and SEIU. Where was the FBICIANSA? What a mafia.

Nothing to see here.

rosiescenario's picture

Bernie, any thoughts on election rigging by the DNC?

krispkritter's picture

Crickets.  One of many things he can hear at his new summer home.

barysenter's picture

Bernie was in on it. He was the hatchet man. He took one for the team & 100 Million bones off the books. Mensch.

montresor's picture

Loretta Lynch is an unethical lawyer? What a surprise...  The American people have no confidence in the criminal justice system? What a surprise... Nobody trusts federal law enforcement because they are under the control of unelected bureaucrats? What a surprise...  Federal law enforcement agencies were deployed against innocent Americans solely for political purposes? What a surprise..   The FBI is now viewed as a stasi secret police force under orders from people who seek to destroy the American people? What a surprise...  The FBI doesn't have the balls to disobey an unethical and illegal direct order? What a surprise, a brother needs his pension right? ....  What you are looking at.. Is a country with no government. Institutions, are failing.  The Republic itself, is failing.. It's dying..  All that is left is a struggle for power, control, and the last of the money..  We are really Venzuela dressed in Japanese clothing trying to spend Zimbabwe dollars...  The very worst of every known financial crisis is here.. That will be the story of the Great Collapse..    Could the founding fathers have known that the vagaries of language within the Constitution would give rise to modern disinformation campaigns that sought to undermine and then kill the Republic?  Surely they believed the Republic would be overrun by a foreign military like France, England, Spain, or Portugal.. Could they have known that the Republic would be destroyed by mere implication that their words did not actually mean what they say?  So here we are; wondering if the Republic actually exists or not... Would somebody in Philly please stop by Ben Franklin's grave today and let him know that the Republic died from a cancer of the mind called liberalism..  Tell him we couldn't keep the Republic because the country was stricken by a collective mental cancer that made them long for the tyranny and evil of Kings.. Freedom and Liberty, like most things in America, was simply too much work.. Just send the liberals a check and they'll show up to vote.. Ancient Greek democracies died the same way.. Everyone just voted to give themselves the money...

TheGardener's picture

Good rant but you got that fully wrong : "  the Republic because the country was stricken by a collective mental cancer that made them long for the tyranny and evil of Kings"

God praises the Kings and has you rot in hell.

vegas's picture

Well, she's black and a Libtard, so in today's Bizzaro world, that makes everything Ok, cuz we can't have anything that spoils the narrative now can we? And the chickenshit Comey refused to proceed cuz he didn;t want to be called a racist ... cuz anything against the "holier than thou" black Pols is deemed racist. Welcome to the fucked up world we live in cuz nobody ... especially Repubs ... has the balls to call them out on it. And so, this is what we get at the highest levels of government which is a fucking joke.



williambanzai7's picture

We need to ask Weiner what he thinks about this...

Anarchyteez's picture

Bring them all to the Senate for a good old Spirit Cooking.

lasvegaspersona's picture

Dave Chapelle thinks we should ask what Ja Rul thinks....

GreatUncle's picture

Is he still alive? Thats a hint.

Non-Corporate Entity's picture

Thanks to Comey the term G-Man now stands for Girly Man.

rosiescenario's picture

...and the term "untouchables" is better defined by the Indians (that is the dot type)

charlewar's picture

poor comey must have a bad stomach...he's always queasy...

NoWayJose's picture

Dems will be shutting down Comey real quick if the Republicans keep asking the right questions,

lester1's picture

Why isn't Susan Rich or Loretta Lynch forced to testify?


Black female privilege??

how_this_stuff_works's picture

"Why isn't Susan Rich or Loretta Lynch forced to testify?"

This is so very clever. The person to whom Comey WOULD HAVE reported any attempt to influence the investigation of Hillary Clinton would have been---Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

The fox DOES guard the hen house after all.

farflungstar's picture

Ever see a black woman try and bullshit the cops that dey dindu nuffin wrong? Hilarious.

They'll just blame racism, white privilege, affirmative action, systemic oppression, etc etc.


venturen's picture

so Comey was a yes man? Better watch out....I think Obama's DOJ commited some crimes. President can get away with...AG's nope

bankonzhongguo's picture

This guy is a complete flake.

It really is amazing to see how high these water carriers can climb - only to dissolve under their own freak-show.

The sad part is a special prosecutor should be appointed to investigate the entire prior administration - just based on the head of the FBI comments under oath.

This guy and his brother are old Clinton hacks that knew where a few bodies were buried - 'nuff said.

That won't happen, which really shows how bad things are - and not getting better.

Moar corruption.

JustPrintMoreDuh's picture

Can we just get Civil War 2.0 started already?

Collectivism Killz's picture

Normally, I would criticize such a comment as buying into the usual dialectic. However, as of now, I agree. Please, give me the chance to melt some snowflakes, as they have foresaken our nation to the worst or predators.

Croesus's picture

@ Just Print & Collectivism:

Part of me is really hoping for CW2.0; It would be ugly, and unfortunate, and I would probably be forced to do some things I'd have a hard time living with later, BUT:

As I see it, it is the only way to really fix the problems that got us to this place.

I say that "part of me hopes for it", because at this point, I just want to get it the hell over with.

I'm tired of seeing the good people I know struggling, because their potential futures are being systematically stolen by insatiably greedy and corrupt assholes.

JustPrintMoreDuh's picture

Precisely.  The ugly truth is that the parasitic pyschopaths will NEVER voluntarily stop feeding on the body of humanity. 

GreatUncle's picture

+1 to the futility and continual suffering.

The suffering does not end until the whole situation is called out for what it is.

If anything the continual scenario just extends the suffering.

Lostinfortwalton's picture

I'm with Comey, I have a queasy feeling every time I see a photo or clip of Loretta Lynch also.

Yars Revenge's picture

Thank goodness corrupt baboon Lynch is no longer AG.

Lostinfortwalton's picture

This guy worked under Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch, both with Obama but gets immediately alarmed when working for Sessions and Trump to the point where he starts taking notes?

Cman5000's picture

This is the beginning of what I have expected all along.  They start investigating a bunch of different stuff trying to cast a bad light on Trump and his appointees.  Then those investigations start turning up events implicating Obama and Clinton.  Now what do the Democrats do?  They are really stuck.  It's their investigation but it is starting to run backwards.  And then there is always to popular media and their constant hunt for "news" that makes Trump look bad.  What will they do when the investigations start turning up things that make the Dems look bad?  Will they report it equally, or bury it?

RightLineBacker's picture


There is no "popular media". Just look at the polls.

There is a large contingent of propaganda organizations collectively referred to as the "MSM" that generates lies and fake news.

And there are a very small number of small online news organizations that report the truth. You can easily recognize these organizations because the MSM conveniently tags them for us as "fake news".

rudyspeaks's picture

Again, (and, boy, don't I post this alot) there's ONE political party in America and they do these "fights" (like Pro Wrestling) to keep you believing there's a choice. Consider:

1) The utter politicization of the Justice Department (from the top-down) under Obama, has now been exposed as "fact" if Comey is be believed"                                                                                                                                                                                 Like this is a unique arrangement of the Obama administration! Recall the 9/11 hearings? The committee recommended that the Justice Dept. issue Perjury charges against most of the administraion officials who testified. "NORAD lied to us all day" (Keane) Yet the JD never issued one citation. Nor did EITHER (Bush/Obama) indict a single Bank Swindler.. It's :Duopoly Theater"...for your amusement.                                                                                                                                                                            

VWAndy's picture

 The never ending chain yank.

GreatUncle's picture

Until you put those yanking the chain on a chain or rope will do.

To Hell In A Handbasket's picture

Lynch, being offered up for a lynching.

JackMeOff's picture

Which is worse - the "matter" of a break-in that caused a President to resign or the "matter" of a rigged election that will indict AG Lynch?

Lostinfortwalton's picture

Barry just released a statement before boarding a private jet to Kenya: "There is not a smidgen of evidence Lowretta was in the tank for Hillary"

kenny500c's picture

Right, very Clintonesque, there was not a "smidgen" of evidence, there was entire boat-load of evidence.

Dilluminati's picture

Comey just needs to take a shower, it's sleaze get over it.


rosiescenario's picture

In a time long ago the rubes would visit the carney side we can sit in the comfort of our living rooms and watch it on TV.

CheapBastard's picture

Crooked Loretta Lynch.

williambanzai7's picture

Lynch is the biggest fucking Donkey turd appointed AG since Donkey Turd Holder.