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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arby63's picture

She needs to be prosecuted or assassinated.

RightLineBacker's picture

I think the Clinton Crime Syndicate has already decided the matter.

Another fatal robbery where nothing of value is taken.

khakuda's picture

And remember Seth Rich wasn't working for the DNC.  He was just a boy, standing in front of a girl, asking her to love him.

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

Don Trump Jr is tweeting on dad's behalf today.  Interesting stuff:

Herdee's picture

Comey " the nut job", YOUR FIRED!!!

Jethro's picture

LOL....fucking lawyer speak. A "matter" huh? So is it safe to say that "matter" is a property of a Clinton?

falak pema's picture

They've haven't got around to "anti-matter", but it won't take long with the Duck's "fake news"  mantra.

The Persistent Vegetable's picture

Lets have us a compromise. How about we throw all these assholes from both parties in the clink?

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

nothing that matter, in DC ,is done in public..

we are seeing the deep state in action..the gop is of course going along with this witch hunt (gop chairman saying this investigation is just getting started)..

well gop senators how much time can you waste on this?? :while health care, taxes, a sick economy and border security are pushed into the closet??

another poster stated this silly nonsense,  is the End of Dems and GOPe party..lets hope about an American Party, that works on jobs and the economy??

disgusted with both of our ruling parties yet??.I am.

Cordeezy's picture

Lol so much for the Democrats Star Witness

moneybots's picture

 Lynch told Comey to call it a “matter,” Comey said, “which confused me.”


How could it have confused Comey? It is rather obvious what Lynch was doing.

Lostinfortwalton's picture

I think James went off the reservation there. His handlers prolly went apeshit.

Lostinfortwalton's picture

Collusion definition: "Secret agreement or cooperation especially for an illegal or deceitful purpose." Uh, Loretta turn yourself in or the FBI will send Lon Horiuchi after you. His eyesight is not what it used to be.

VWAndy's picture

 The new and improved bread and circus now served up with unlimitted kool aid. You even get to pick your own flavor! Its so awscum I can hardly believe it!

deplorable nation's picture

Way to go Kamala Harris...razor-sharp questioning that did not produce one answer or any follow-up! But you do look pretty hot (as Barry Obama can testify). Next time cross your legs or something, like Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct.

VWAndy's picture

 She sold her soul to Obomba I think back when I had a shot at the civilian grand jury.

falak pema's picture

in Zh parlese is she a pussy or a kunt? 

You guys only think black n white.

turkey george palmer's picture

Hey look...Comey is in the game. He is a operative within the Clinton crime syndicate. Spitting out Lynch like that could be from Hillary Clinton. Comey would never utter any word that would surprise the CCS, CLINTON CRIME SYNDICATE. What ever happens CCS is having a hard time financially as incoming funds are not enough to pay off all the loose ends.  People are aware they can still make trouble but it's getting warm for them as loyalty is disappearing. Lynch may disappear if the CCS, panics.


esum's picture

comey and mueller ...... political scumbags 

neither has any credibility and were both PATHETIC FBI DIRECTORS...

now COMEY/CLINTON and MUELLER/BUSH ... PUPPETS going after trump

LET'S SEE SOME FACTS or shut the fuck up with the never ending POLITICAL LIMBO...



iClaudius's picture

Surely they now have reason to publish the tapes of the Lynch - Clinton meeting.

Gallumhrasha's picture

Im wondering how long shit run around shit will last. It cant last the whole 4 yearpresidency? unless their end goal is to impeach trump ASAP and then get world ender Pence in

gmak123's picture

This is utter miscarriage of justice. America has become worst then third world countiries

MrBoompi's picture

I'm sick of using four letter words when talking about Comey, who assisted in the coverup of Hillary's crimes.  In fact, he's been covering up for the Clintons for a long time.  He should be in a prison cell right next to them.  

hooligan2009's picture

hey, "weasel" has six letters!

issimo's picture

Does Comey not understand that he may now be part of an investigation into abstruction of justice by Obama officials?  His lawyer needs to explain the 5th Amendment to him.  Thank goodness this guy was fired.

J Jason Djfmam's picture

Always feeling queasy and confused.

Unfrozen Caveman Ex-FBI Director.

rockstone's picture

"Lynch told Comey to call it a “matter,” Comey said, “which confused me.”

Right. "Confused". If Trump doesn't lock this fuck up and go after Lynch, he's one of them.

Any doubts are settled now.

silverer's picture

“...which confused me.”

Sounds like a recent Ohio State grad scratching for some safe space.

Pasadena Phil's picture

He had no problem zeroing his feelings into interpreting the purported "loyalty and honesty" as a patronage threat. His "spidey sense" was all a-tingle over that. But as a trained FBI investigator and lawyer, he couldn't find his way to seeing the obvious about why a fellow attorney would be quibbling over a word THAT critical to the case. 

I think this one is going to mushroom very soon. Why wouldn't there be a separate investigation on this now? Will Loretta and BJ Clinton be subpoenaed to testify on what they said (and agreed to) in that Phoenix airport conversation? Just imagine how Comey would feel if Congress or the WH directed the DOJ to investigate. Comey would clearly be called again to testify under oath before Congress (please, no leaks the day before next time).


arby63's picture

If someone isn't thrown in jail within the next 6 months then we should see the Capitol and burn it to the ground.

We are on our own. No law exists.

silverer's picture

Ebonics has infiltrated the legal system.

Mike Rotsch's picture

Textbook Democrat fail.

They repeatedly demand a Trump investigation, and what do they get?  They get the whole enchilada!  This ought to learn them a thing or two about putting this guy before a hearing in the future, because I'm sure he has way, way more to say than just this.

Meanwhile, this sets the stage for a "Clinton Emails Matter" campaign.  I hope someone in the Trump administration jumps on it.  Write the quote, cite Comey, then cross his name out and under it, cite Lynch.

Lostinfortwalton's picture

So Trump ASKS Comey if he could wind up the Flynn investigation, but Lynch TELLS Comey how to refer to the Clinton investigation.

Abaco's picture

And Comey salutes Lynch and carries out her wishes without  a peep.  The dude is a slimeball

junkyard dog's picture

No one must have read the script. They prepared for the show all week. Who is it that does not understand the directive-do not mention the word Clinton. The democrats and deep state will now accuse Trump of confusing Comey, again, to side track investigations into their Russians/Flynn/voyeur in the foyer/ fantasies.

It is a pretty sure bet that the republicans will have the majority votes in congress as well as the 2/3 needed to grease the wheels during 2018. That being said (see, I can write like an idiot also), how do we get Trump to actually help the middle class without bending over for the insurance industry?

Think about this, the advertising industry can destroy any programming, in 24 hrs., that goes against its wishes. We can destroy the advertising industry by cancelling our cable and satellite subscriptions. It will only take 1 month before the industry will ask us what we want to resubscribe. All we have to say is, lower taxes and lower insurance premiums- this time. Next time, it will be free cable and satellite if ads make up more that 10 minutes of a 30 minute program.

arby63's picture

Fuck all your goddamn pop-up ads ZH. This site is useless mobile anymore.

XWeatherman's picture



Get a pop- or ad-blocker.  I get no ads here.

iamrefreshed's picture

Comey is likely to shoot himself in the head...twice.

az_patriot's picture

The stupid liberals and Democrats don't realize that since Trump would certainly have had the constitutional power to pardon Flynn (and therefore end the criminal investigation of him) he CERTAINLY had the authority to request the director of the FBI to end his investigation of Flynn.  This is all a fucking circus.

franzpick's picture

Call it a 'Matter':  It's a LibTard thing.  Black lives are not beneficiaies of inalienable, constitutional rights: Black lives just 'matter'.

ZIRPY's picture

Why did Comey not want to die on Clinton Hill, but was willing to die on Trump Hill?

Because on Clinton hill, you really die!

Cordeezy's picture

so Lorretta Lynch colluded with Comey and the Clintons?  that is shocking



Stan522's picture

There seems to be more obstruction coming from the obamas White House than Trump, and why didn't Comey report this at the time?

hooligan2009's picture

this is a key point.

has trump been scrutinized, with "lack of memos" or "memos" from security services staff leaked in a proportionate manner?

or is this a distraction from rampant corruption within the white house and the democratic party?

or is this a distraction from the murders of DNC staffers that "leaked" - like Seth Rich

or is this a distraction from the clinton crime syndicate and child trafficking ring - pizzagate.

or is this a distraction from clinton placing US lives IN HARMS AY because of her stupidity, carelessness and arrogance - factors symptomatic of the hierarchy in the DNC, including Podesta.

in other words.


this is the swamp and it is what has put the US 20 TRILLION IN DEBT - debt run up to support libtard socialism for as long as libtard socialists can siphon off their ten per cent.

Able Ape's picture

Burp! Fart! Hiccup! Yawn..........

Lostinfortwalton's picture

So, where the hell is Loretta? Where the hell is Barry?