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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Erek's picture

Maybe they are running?


dexter_morgan's picture

So, what the hell is this testimony all about? It sounds like a man either wanting to do some prison time, or worse yet be Arkancided by the crime family.

What am I missing, other than it seems people regularly perjure themselve without recourse in DC, but I'm a bit taken aback by some of the things revealed.

I wish he would have implicated Eric Dick Holder too, but patience grasshopper........

Or, was Trump correct, and this guy is some sort of NUT JOB?


Village-idiot's picture

He sounds to me like a cornered rat who has finally realized who his true enemy is.

He finally realizes he has to say something to try to exonerate himself or history will judge him very harshly.

He has finally decided, although he is cornered and liable to get suicided, he'll take the scum down with him.

It looks like he is throwing in the towel to try and make a deal.

We can only hope so.

dexter_morgan's picture

That is my thought also. If all this Seth Rich stuff is coming down like I've heard it is, be is much better on the side of Trump than Hillary. Plausible deniability? A immunity deal to spill his guts?

Should be interesting going forward.

European American's picture

Comey:"As FBI director, I don't always overlook criminal activity, but when I do...

It's because I found my suicide note while going through Hillary's emails."

joeyusa's picture


Newspeaktogo's picture

I love a really good shit show. Never seen so much shit flying high and low. Seems to have missed the Donald altogether. Lots of it went directly into the Democrats face and they forgot to duck.

GreatUncle's picture

At the moment put your finger in the air and see which way the shit if flying.

You just got an amputated finger from all the shit.

But why all the shit?

Something big is coming/

enough of this's picture

Comey admits he went along with Loretta Lynch in downplaying the Clinton investigation by referring to it simply as the "Clinton matter."  In other words, he willfully participated in a criminal coverup.  Later on, Comey become the point man in obstruction of justice by personally exonerating Clinton. 

Here's what Comey should have done had he the courage to stand up to Obama and Lynch.

Re-open the Clinton case, the Lois Lerner case, the Fast and Furious case, and any other case that the FBI politicized.

venturen's picture

well your testimony makes me sick

VWAndy's picture

 See this is why I always keep a popsickle stick handy. If you hold it up to the screen just so. You can see what these talking heads would look like on a stick. Its one of my tricks to stay semi sane.

GracchusBrothers's picture


I do the same with a piece of string with a hangman's noose at one end.

Inthemix96's picture

Are you not entertained bitchez?

Are you not impressed with the 'Intelligence' of those that rule you, that continually keep you distracted with fucking bollocks like this?  Instead of hanging the fucking child raping cunts in the streets, like the fucking dogs they are.  Are you not entertained then?

We Englishers go to the polls today to select either the man dressed as a woman, or the communist.  Both provided by those that supply the entertainment, they laugh at you with, that we call life.  These cunts now know that you lot are cottoning on, and dont know what the remedy is.  They dont know what to do because the narrative has been lost.

This fucking absurd theatre is the only distraction the cunts can come up with to continue the deceit.  That doesnt work no more.

Do your bit bitchez.

Lawful Rebellion.  Consent, is completely, irrevocably, withdrawn.

Its speeding up folks, you know it is.

Tick.  Tock.


GreatUncle's picture

Yup and by not voting I did not give consent to some fucker somewhere getting blown to bits.

By not voting I did not give consent to thieving fucking assholes.

CBA after that democracy is an illusion to keep you enslaved.


aloha_snakbar's picture

Just call it a matter.


as in it does not matter...

aloha_snakbar's picture

Cant we just skip all of the scripted drama and jump right to Commies execution?

GreatUncle's picture

Just remeber a gun and two bullets for the double tap to the head.

Hey make a movie, try and get a deal cheaper than the Scalia movie.

But of course all FBI patriots know exactly what happened from the Podesta emails don't you?

onwisconsinbadger's picture

Comey reported to Lynch. Lynch was his boss. Drumpf was not his boss and still Drumpf was in contact with Comey in 4 months more than previous 8 Presidents combined meeting with FBI director. Why ?

sniffybigtoe's picture

Er, because Sessions was either not in office yet, or had recused himself from the "Russia" investigation.

incharge1976's picture

You have to be one of the dumbest turds on the internet. 

GunnyG's picture

Your IQ must be one of the lowest on the planet. Do try to keep up moron.

Aristofani's picture

So let me get this straight?

You say the AG lynch told you do something dodgy, which made you queasy, but which you did anyway.

And you also say that you believe trump implied something dodgy to you, which you didnt follow through with.

You just hung yourself and lynch sonny.

Sid Davis's picture

I hope the commitment to his duty by Sessions gives him a queasy feeling and prompts him to bring charges against Hillary, Bill, and Chelsea for their pay for play scheme, bring charges against Hillary for her illegal server, and bring charges against Comey for leaking privileged communication, and against Obama and Lynch for illegally spying on the US citizens. Maybe Hillary and Chelsea could share a cell with Reality Winner; three emotionally disturbed birds of a feather.

Trump really needs shut down the NSA and transfer only a small part of the trustworthy staff to other essential spy agencies. This he could do tomorrow, provided he keeps a large military contingent to guard him against their attempt to eliminate him.

TheAntiProgressive's picture

This should be a question for ALL Dems on all the talk shows.  So now that you have totally imploded over Comey what is your next invented, made out of thin air distraction?

BustainMovealota's picture

And there will be.  The whole point of this cluster fuck is to slow the roll of the Trump Train.  Bog him down in this made up bullshit so he can't move or move fast enough.

Give us Stirling Engines's picture

Comey admitted he gave a memo to a friend who leaked it to the press. He considered the memo his own memo as a citizen, not as a classified FBI document that belongs to the FBI. Seems pretty open and shut to me on that regard.

Wexx's picture

He said under oath that he typed these memos on his FBI laptop. Was his laptop classified? Most likely. Therefore anything, even if it was his favorite pie recipe it is AUTOMATICALLY classified because the hardware is classified. He leaked these memos and said under oath one was classified so he commited a crime(s) and should be arrested and charged. His actions border on sedition.

FoggyWorld's picture

Plus because the subject matter dealt with the President of the United States that memo to self almost perforce should have been marked classified.   Comey learned all the tricks of the game by watching the Hillary email debacle unfold.   The sensitivity of the material pushed it into the classified zone but Comey decided not to follow the rules.   Makes it worse really.

And Reality Winner is looking at 10 years in the slammer.

Ban KKiller's picture

All I know is that Fight Club loves preparing "food" for Mnuchin. His picture is up in all the fancy kitchens. There is a prize for the most creative "ingredient". 

Comey has some wonderful meals as well. These two guys don't even look at their servers...ha! 

dexter_morgan's picture

Damage control and looking to future investigations in which he hopes to not be included.

Wahooo's picture

Fire half the FBI. Send a message.

Occams_Razor_Trader's picture

What a freeking puss- put a pair of dumbo ears, and half AA skin - and you have the limp wristed Obumbler.

So tell us Ms. Comey- how did the mean old President Trump make you feel?





He's a snowflake.

Robert of Ottawa's picture

Nothing gives this creature of Clinton a queezy feeling. As someone at work noticed out loud before the TV in the corridor "He's just making it up"

Smilygladhands's picture

So. Is Comey a hero or a zero to left now? Its hard to keep up with the emotions of the common pussyhat

KweeBohNoh's picture

No one is appointed to high office that cannot be controlled, blackmailed.
Comey and Lynch are a couple of the many Clinton Syndicate bitchez.
Stevie Wonder sang the theme:  "Signed, sealed, devilered.  I'm yours!"

Berspankme's picture

Curious how such an obvious pussy becomes head of FBI? The guy is admiitedly a coward, certainly not a favorable trait for an FBI man. 

LOL123's picture

Ahhh pretty sure Comey just told us his investigation was scripted by the Clintons and Lynch enforced it.... Nothing new but at least it's on the public record now..... Interference with an investigation but not by President Trump!

LOL123's picture

Ahhh pretty sure Comey just told us his investigation was scripted by the Clintons and Lynch enforced it.... Nothing new but at least it's on the public record now..... Interference with an investigation but not by President Trump!

LOL123's picture

Ahhh pretty sure Comey just told us his investigation was scripted by the Clintons and Lynch enforced it.... Nothing new but at least it's on the public record now..... Interference with an investigation but not by President Trump!

LOL123's picture

Sorry about the repeats.... Although it is worth repeating. Technical difficulty....mybe google was trying to redirect comment .. Psych!

TeethVillage88s's picture

No Investigation over Pentagon Spending and Privatization of the US Military Bases & Functions?

- $1 Trillion Annually spent on MIC, VA, State Dept, International Assistance, DHS, (Winslow Wheeler, the Atlantic 2011, 2012)
- Privatize Air Traffic Control sounds like a Win for Neocons
- Privatize the Post Office also a win for Neocons & Democrats
- Private Federal Reserve
- Powerful Private TBTF Banking Oligarchy (world powerhouse)
- Many Utilities are Private, Telephones, Cellphones, Internet
- Private Contractors Edward Snowden, Reality Winner (17 Spy Agencies)
- Is Guantanamo run by Navy entirely, or partly privatized?
- Private US Prisons (for Profit Prison Planet)
- Bill & Hillary used Black Prisoners in Governor's Mansion

How about we Privatize 9th Circuit Court or does it scare you to think how political it is already?

Joebloinvestor's picture

HAHAHA Blowing up in the commucrats faces.

TeethVillage88s's picture


Stefan Molyneux? @StefanMolyneux Mar 5
Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch calls for more 'marching' and 'blood' in the streets. Seriously.

TeethVillage88s's picture

Hey Loretta Lynch you say we are losing rights, but you were part of the system that approved of the loss of rights since 911.

You did not perform your duty, you didn't fight for Individual rights or the rights of those droned by Obama Admin, you didn't fight for US Individual/Civic Rights like Privacy and freedom from govt devices put into our computers or cell phones... you were the system and all you did was political maneuvers for your own career and to get ahead. You were narcissistic about taking care of yourself.

Loretta Lynch, what did you do with your time as AG?

Could you not have read the US Constitution while DOJ AG? Globalism is Sedition in the least. Opening Borders and Immigration to people who don't have birth records, school records, police records, modern tracking of crimes in their country, adequate police forces to capture criminals in their how country... this is sedition. There is no Vetting.

TeethVillage88s's picture

Like all Govt Offices DOJ & FBI are very political.

Q: Does anyone think the DOJ or FBI would perform with less Politics if they were privatized?

Hell, No. You have to keep tabs on them, monitor their activities, use oversight, put rules in place to narrow activities, audit them, use performance statements to get the kind of work from them that is best for the USA.

ronaldwilsonreagan's picture

Imagine that those dirty Clinton's trying to manipulate justice like a common ordinary Trump.

milo_hoffman's picture