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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ClickNLook's picture

The funny thing: everyone will forget about this in a few weeks.

Just like about NSA illegal spying, government shutdown showdown, building 7, lost by pentagon billions of dollars and the most importantly: Mel Gibson's anti-semitic rant.

numapepi's picture

I am waiting for the tsunami of news stories about Loretta Lynch obstructing Justice!

ClickNLook's picture

Don't hold your breath.

Rich from PDT's picture

Comey is your prototypical weak white fag that has destroyed the west!

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Gold Banit's picture

Trump has Comey and the Democrats by the balls, if Trump really wanted too he could put a lot of these scumbags away for a long long time..

FoggyWorld's picture

Then why doesn't he dump McCabe and appoint an Interim FBI Director.   He did say he wanted to clean the swamp but between Trump and Sessions none of that is happening.  Why?

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!"

The Old Man's picture

And as a side note to that..... why the hell isn't anyone connecting the dots? How deep can this shit get before it becomes so obvious to the average "Cheeto Eater" and beer drinker that he's getting fucked sideways? There is no law. There is no Constitutional America. This is all a bunch of bullshit. How much longer can we eat this shit? 


The Old Man

Concertedmaniac's picture

He should of pleaded the fifth, never be your own lawyer first rule lol

Vageling's picture

You're funny! The same guy who decided to act like he was the AG? Speaking on behalf when he said there was no intent? He crossed lines a long time ago. Being just that. A lawyer using his function to survive. He took on too much and went too cokcky. Costed him. Guy thought banksters rules applied. Nope. How do you play the crowd and give them bread and play while pleading the fifth? Especially when you bought the ticket to the "scary ride". CUM-ey did so. His entire rant is highly quenstionable. Any self respecting man makes an instant case out of it. But there is no case is there? 

Concertedmaniac's picture

Yes it was a joke and I agree with you. The guy is up to his ears

RightLineBacker's picture

This hearing was an important moment in American history.

Never before has that much shit been thrown on a wall without any of it sticking.

Democrats can be credited for a new American first moment.

Other than that the Democrats bullshit moment was a total FAIL.


ClickNLook's picture

Putin in a recent interview left a door open for Russian hackers involvement in the US elections:

Or should I say, CIA/NSA left the back doors open.

Cabreado's picture

So ZH commentariat has finally gone full-blown mainstream, and now plays the "political party" game too, eh?

silverer's picture

Eight years of queasy, wasn't it, Comey?

IridiumRebel's picture

George Jefferson and Queasy

truthalwayswinsout's picture

What it is and what is needed is a grand jury and an indictment for Clinton and Lynch and the gang.

The Old Man's picture

Yes. And a prosecutor, judge and jury who can't be coerced, cajoled, paid off, threatened with death or just plain scared to death of not going with the program. Good fucking luck! Justice in America is a money machine. Better get it on streaming live video or nobody will believe you. EVERYBODY should wear body cameras. By an ammendment to the constitution!  BTW.... Whatever happened to Google Glass, those camera/internet eyeglasses? Funny but they seem to have disappeared. I wonder why? We are all suckers. The circus never leaves town.


The Old Man

bugs_'s picture

a queasy feeling like waking up dead in a national park

MagicCooler's picture


I would have asked Comey what the name "Seth Rich" meant to him.

FoggyWorld's picture

A Senator should have asked him that but of course not one did.

ClickNLook's picture

Don't you hate it when it happens?

Madcow's picture

Here are some highlights from today's Comey circus:

Comey's closing argumet beginning at 1:35 deserves further scrutiny -

Cabreado's picture

No answers, no justice until the workings of the Clinton crime cabal (including Comey/Lynch/Obama) are investigated, exposed, and prosecuted.

With a thoroughly corrupt Congress, that's not even a pipe dream...

Analyzing Comey testimony without consideration of background entanglements (hence behavior) is pretty stupid stuff.
(But I see the world seems to be entertained, regardless)

The People need to Focus -- on a thoroughly corrupt and defunct Congress.

And that ain't happenin' either.

This is not an "event" -- it is a dynamic, and a trend, and left unchecked guarantees no good outcomes.
But entertainment and tunnel vision prevails...

mary mary's picture

Because, underneath all those layers of dirt and sleaze, James Comey is just a New Age Sensitive Guy.

FoggyWorld's picture

Who perforce lacks a moral compass.

Horse Pizzle's picture

Comey leaked classified material to NYTimes.  Felony. 10 years hard time.

FoggyWorld's picture

No because he leaarned from the Hillary debacle not to mark the document classified even though it should have been used given the sensitive naure of the contents.   Weasel just begins to cover him.

MagicCooler's picture

In sworn testimony a few weeks ago, Comey strongly suggested that the primary reason he held that truly bizarre press conference last July declining to recommend Bill Clinton's wife for prosecution as a result of the email investigation was his misgivings about collusion between Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton's wife's campaign.

Today, he admitted that Lynch had instructed him to match his language pertaining to that investigation to that being used at the time by the Clinton campaign.

This is the FBI Director, folks!

He knew that there was a strong likelihood Lynch was running interference for Bill Clinton's wife.  Why in the name of Sweet White Christ didn’t he investigate that?

And to anyone who thinks Lynch was acting without at least the approval of Barry “Boom Boom” Obama – hey, I have some swamp land in SE Chicago for ya…

Tell me again, why isn't Bill Clinton's wife, Stumpy Lynch, Barry Soetoro Muhammad, and even Slick Willy all in Federal prison right now?

ClickNLook's picture

The government appears incompetent simply because they are just some actors pretending to lead the nation while the real deep government does its thingy.

ClickNLook's picture

It looks like McCain is ready to jump the camp, or least to draw a line between himself and the crooked Hillary.

It is like trying to hide a fully grown RhINO under a newspaper.

Vageling's picture

This is all? Cumey! Mister mascara. Fucking leech. Pointless to begin with. He said, and he said... But what was said is not illegal. Bottom line. Cumey! got fired! And the President has that authority. All I see is Cumey! dancing the macarena. Nice show fool! Bit too overdone. 

Pumpkin's picture

I'll be glad when all these shit bag satanists go to hell.


"It Gave Me A Queasy Feeling"

But he feels so confident Trump was telling him what to do??  WTF ever.  Go to hell Comey!

Davidduke2000's picture

The funniest part was the senile mccain, he was as confused as pelosi, he was talking fucking nonsense , luckily he is on the way out.

robertocarlos's picture

Yes but you could see where McCain was going with his questions. Why was Hillary cleared and Trump not cleared with regards to Russians.

ClickNLook's picture

He was to earn points for the next election, to pretend he is objective.

Ariziona may lose cream of the cream of electorate in next 3 years: illegal immigrants, so needs to start thinking about it.

Betrayed's picture

I'm to the point where this Dog and Pony show is nothing more than a charade. Zionist diversion and distraction to keep those of us who voted for Trump from pressing him as to why the promise's made to voters have been Flipped. It provides a good excuse. Doning asbestos. The Trump believers of which I once was get pissy when someone expresses this viewpoint .

Thom Paine's picture

At the beginning of the hearing I thought Comey was about to stand up and sing Amazing Grace, then engage in some sort of group masturbation with the panel, with tears.  

This guy was the head of the FBI??  More like a sensitive lettuce.

And the fake dossier on Trump, Comey played that, but wouldnt say anything, acting like they were taking some of it seriously when he knows the FBI and Clintons colluded to produce it.   Well with the New FBI head Trump CAN instruct him to investigate everything about that 'dossier' .  lol


And Comey throws Lynch under a bus - showing this guys is entirely out for himself, the ultimate weasel if there were one.

And the notion that Trump sacked him to halt the Russian investigation is total bullshit because Comey knows -  Trump can order him to stop any investigation wihtout having to sack him. So if Trump wanted the investigation to stop he would have just told Comey so, and if he wanted then Gag Comey on it.  

But all in all this is Trump's fault - he could have easily sacked Comey on day one because of the lack of confidence in him by the Democrat side and their supporters, as the FBI head needs to be free from suspicion of bias and that suspicion was there with at least half the country at the time. And also because Comey was always Clinton boy and always going to be trouble for Trump.  

AND of course Trumps tweet on the sacking of Comey just helped create an another issue for himself. Trump should run his tweets through and adviser first.

Zorba's idea's picture

So, Comey's whole load of "bricks" and all he could build is a brick shit house..heh. Well we know what to do with that... 

highwaytoserfdom's picture


Federal  Bureau Matter

Fu#king Bowel Movement..   

Frankie the pedo protector declared Fake News a sin
"the sickness of coprophagia"       

All starting to make sense now FBM....      

Thom Paine's picture

If this were a criminal trial Comey would have to treated as a hostile witness.

He was unceramaniously sacked when out of town, then attacked after.

He of course is a disafected former employee who of course will be hostile on his former employer.

Thom Paine's picture

It would be totally hilarious if Trump now releaseda tape of the meeting showing that Comey lied to the committee.

Comey would be in deep shit for lying on two seperate occassions.


Andyway - Trump must order a full exapnsive investigation into all aspects of the fake dossier created on him during the election campaign - that would be fascinating and have dozens of people running for cover.


  • AND of course a Grand Jury on the DNC assasination of Seth Rich
S Spade's picture

Comey is the FBI's Lois Lerner

TeethVillage88s's picture


1) They get Sovereign Immunity 2) You can't touch them at all... the people can never rise up and actually find James Comey 3) Status Quo is the system we get always & forever 4) He could say anything stupid, weak, imbecilic, or drunkenly... they don't care to prosecute him NOR hold him accountable (He is a Political player like they all are in Congress, it is a game)

FoggyWorld's picture

What are Sessions and Co. being paid for then?

moorewasthebestbond's picture

I get a queasy feeling from all the dual-citizen oligarchs running the federal government.

Ross123's picture

If this charade proves anything it is President Trump was abosolutely correct to fire Comey.