Republicans Demand Loretta Lynch Testify Over Clinton "Obstruction Of Justice"

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Following former FBI Director Comey's testimony that President Obama's Attorney General Loretta Lynch asked him to downplay the Hillary Clinton email scandal, Senate Republicans are demanding hearings into her involvement in "obstructing justice."

As a reminder, 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.”

Well, as The Hill reports, Senate Republicans want to know...

Sen. John Cornyn (Texas), the No. 2 Senate Republican who is a member of both the Intelligence and Judiciary committees, said it “would be very helpful” for Lynch to testify before the Judiciary panel, which oversees the Justice Department.


“Frankly, a lot of what Hillary Clinton was exposed to by Director Comey’s misconduct and the way he handled that was apparently in response to his lack of confidence in the attorney general, and I think there is a lot we could learn from that,” Cornyn said.


Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) also wants to hear from Lynch and is pushing for the Judiciary Committee to “get more involved.”


“The accusations now that ... the current and former attorney general were political — that has nothing to do with Russia as much as it has to do with how the Department of Justice is being run,” he said. “I want to find out all about that.”


A spokesman for Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the Judiciary Committee chairman, stressed that no decisions have been made and staffers needed to first “gather evidence."


But the spokesman said it was “likely” after Comey’s remarks before the intelligence panel that Lynch’s testimony before the Judiciary Committee “will become necessary at some point.”


Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), the Judiciary Committee's top Democrat, signaled that the panel should look into whether Lynch tried to downplay the FBI’s investigation into Clinton’s email setup.


“I think we need to know more about that. And there's only way to know about it, and that's to have the Judiciary Committee take a look at that,” she told CBS in a recent interview.


A spokesman for Sen. Ted Cruz said the Texas Republican would “absolutely” support Lynch testifying.

Of course President Trump has had plenty to say (tweeting)...

“A.G. Lynch made law enforcement decisions for political purposes...gave Hillary Clinton a free pass and protection. Totally illegal!”

one RNC talking point leaked to a Washington Post reporter this week.

"Why is no one investigating Attorney General Lynch's Department of Justice for obstruction of justice in the Clinton email investigation...


There is compelling evidence to back up the claim that AG Lynch engaged in obstruction of justice."

Though GOP lawmakers have long been wary of Lynch, placing her back in the spotlight could backfire if it also keeps the public's focus on Comey amid continued fallout over the FBI chief's firing in early May.

Of course, we are sure that The Left will see this as nothing but misdirection from the various Russia probes - which are all backed by nothing but innuendo - and "obstruction of justice" enquiries - which are supported by nothing but Comey's testimony - and well it might be. However, in this case, the weight of evidence, circumstantial or not, is starting to get heavy against the holier-than-thou Lynch.

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Jayda1850's picture

Hahaha They will be as successful as the Benghazi hearings...oh wait.

knukles's picture

So what's a matter? 


Get it "matter" as in not investigate, but matter it to death.
Ummm good matter
A little matter here and a little matter there and pretty soon you gotchur self an ass-whopping of matters.

But at this point what does it matter anyway?

Happy Father's Day!

TahoeBilly2012's picture

"What difference does it make?" (tm)*


* "What difference does it make?" is a wholey owned Trade Mark of the Clinton Foundation, all rights are reserved

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Republicans Demand Loretta Lynch Testify Over Clinton "Obstruction Of Justice"

My response: GOOD!!! Time to go after CAREER CRIMINALS beginning with Lynch and Clinton. But let's not STOP there! Let's also, in parallel, look into the SETH RICH matter as well as PIZZAGATE!!! I expect the FBI to work full time on the later!! Sorry, just WISHFUL THINKING!!!!!!

knukles's picture

This could be absolutely Glorious.
Epic Glorious!
Everybody investigating everybody else for anything they make up.

Can you imagine the shit that'll get dredged up?
I mean, stir up the East RIver and you're sure to find some gently used cement overshoes

847328_3527's picture

Cornyn and the other limp-wristed Republicans need to get their ass in gear.

rockstone's picture

Exactly! "Demand"?

Fucking haul the fat bitch in there tomorrow. It's called a subpoena assholes. People issue them for all sorts of dumbass reasons that it's at the point where you don't really need a reason.
She can't say no. Man up, take the heat and use it!

They're already shooting at you for Christ sake.

Chupacabra-322's picture

“These people are playing with matches… I don’t think they understand the scope and scale of the wildfire they are flirting with. They are fucking around with a civil war that could last a decade and cause millions of deaths… and the sad truth is that 95% of the problems we have in this country could be solved tomorrow, by noon… simply by dragging 100 people out in the street and shooting them in the fucking head.”

And lemme tell ya, he had the list… he rattled off 25 or 30 names of well-known, prominent politicians, mostly Democrats, but a few Republicans, several members of the current Cabinet, a couple of Obama’s “czars”, a couple of figures from the Bush administration and the Republican establishment, several media company executives and on-camera newscasters, reporters, and pundits, a couple of people who are active in leftist politics but not in elected office… he had obviously thought about this to some degree already.

drendebe10's picture

Hear, hear!  Some common seense fromtaxicab depressions

Muddy1's picture

Just make sure she testifies under oath.

jcaz's picture

Shee-it,  dey won't find that Negro- Clinton, Inc will either hide her or bury her- probably both......

CultiVader's picture

Fucking do it. The lethality of pragmatics. My kids won't Even know the difference or understand the violence, and their lives would be that much better in the long run.

oDumbo's picture

Fucking evil cunt.  I hope she chokes on her lies and wears an orange jumpsuit for the rest of her pathetic shitty life.

ReZn8r's picture

"95% of the problems we have in this country could be solved tomorrow, by noon… simply by dragging 100 people out in the street and shooting them in the fucking head.

Very good reasoning

JRobby's picture

Something seems amiss? Suddenly GOP balls drop and they are going against the Cartel? Doubtful. 

phatfawzi's picture

Do these fucking morons not know they are in power. For crying out loud you have control of all 3 branches of government. Are you waiting for the dems to start the investigation. 

Mr Hankey's picture

I just know Charlie Brown is gonna kick that ball this time. 

MoreFreedom's picture

I agree, but do the RINOs that control the GOP really want to pursue this?  I have doubts, as many of them are just as against Trump as the Democrats. 


But there are a lot of good questions for Lynch.  So how did the meeting with you and Bill Clinton an an airport tarmac come about?  Did Clinton contact you and if so how and when?  Whom did you inform of the meeting before it happened?  Why did you ask Comey to call the investigation of Clinton a "matter"?  Who else was involved in the decision and why (or why not)?  Who else was informed of this communication?   Why was the Justice Dept. involved in the investigation portion of the server?  Who was involved in the decision to grant immunity deals to all of Clinton's staff? ....

Yog Soggoth's picture

I think Trump got it right with his tweet. If she lies under oath it will come back to bite her and others. Comey knows he is screwed either way and is trying to gain  favor with the new agenda, or at least not commit perjury. Time to destoy the Russia narrative once and for all. At least everyone knows the bad guys plan was to attack Russia and start WW3, so we will see that one coming if they start it up again.

Kayman's picture

Comey didn't leak directly to the NYT "for various reasons".  Like starting with him not having the FBI leaking apparatus available to him once he was fired.

And "for various reasons" Comey is not telling the whole story about the Department of Injustice smothering the Clinton investigation.

knukles's picture

Dangerous grounds to navigate, methinks

Pumpkin's picture

So what's a matter?


Hillary: 'Nuttin's a matter with me, what's a matter with you?"


Corrupt government:  "Oh, well, investigation over then."

Solio's picture

When does "matter" become "anti-matter?"

phatfawzi's picture

when it doesn't matter anymore.


with the exception of a few Repubs there really isn't much of a fucking difference between dems and so called repubs. what a fucking sham. 

bamawatson's picture

wherein rino whore madame trey gowdy-graham took a dive

chunga's picture

They all took a dive*. I demand this too. The red team has the majority, what are they waiting for? Just do it.

*They're now pretending to care about this because they hear drums from restless natives

Lumberjack's picture

The red team may need to change their company colors to pink if they don't get crackin....more than enough to prosecute many.

null's picture

They seem to be waiting for the opposition to take some action which they can co-opt. Makes sense that they cannot be seen as the aggressor. Hearings, Counsel, FEISA ... will eventually stumble onto other stuff, unrelated to current admin, and we all know that it will eclipse anything else.

GUS100CORRINA's picture


CODE NAME for President TRUMP is "KING JEHU"!


JEZEBEL's FINAL DAYS (Figuratively speaking)

30 Then Jehu went to Jezreel. When Jezebel heard about it, they put on eye makeup, arranged their hair and looked out of a window. 31 As Jehu entered the gate, they asked, “Have you come in peace, you Zimri, you murderer of your master?”[e]

32 He looked up at the window and called out, “Who is on my side? Who?” Two or three eunuchs looked down at him. 33 “Throw them down!” Jehu said. So they threw them down, and some of their blood spattered the wall and the horses as they trampled them underfoot.

34 Jehu went in and ate and drank. “Take care of those cursed women,” he said, “and bury them, for they were king’s daughters.” 35 But when they went out to bury them, they found nothing except their skulls, their feet and their hands. 36 They went back and told Jehu, who said, “This is the word of the Lord that he spoke through his servant Elijah the Tishbite: On the plot of ground at Jezreel dogs will devour Jezebel’s flesh.[f] 37 Jezebel’s body will be like dung on the ground in the plot at Jezreel, so that no one will be able to say, ‘This is Jezebel.’”

Arnold's picture

Safe space for the Republicans.
How castrate.

loveyajimbo's picture

If Trump thinks that Lardass Loretta gave Hillapig a free pass, then why does he not instruct Sessions to indict the the malignant shitbag bitch... and her Hubby Bubba and daughter Horseface Hubble as well??? 

The Clinton"foundation" and CGi are RICO-level corruption poster material!

Kayman's picture

The Red Team and the Blue Team have the same paymasters. How does anyone expect them to do the right thing when they are paid to obfuscate and provide cover for all the dirty hands.

Mr Hankey's picture

Good cop-bad cop...both cops& we aren't 

garcam123's picture

Cuntlin probably has a pic of Trump sucking a tranny in Russia........he's struggling with the blowback potential.....HA!

Oliver Klozoff's picture

About f'n time.

Change the narrative, put them on the defensive. Any credible investigation will uncover a stinking pile.

Anarchyteez's picture

Past due. Holy hell wtf have they been doing? NOTHING! Except pissin me off!

otschelnik's picture

Cheryl Mills called the IT guy Pagliano they day after the FBI issued subpeonas for the emails.  She asked if the disks had been erased?  Then when the DOJ gave both Mills and Pagliano immunity - that was the moment i personally realized that the fix was in.  If that isn't obstruction of justice what is? 


chunga's picture

Chaffetz gave Pagliano 2 subpoenas and he ignored them both in September of last year I believe.

Chaffetz sent a letter to Sessions asking him to enforce this almost 6 months ago.


HRClinton's picture

How many times do I have to tell you that Sessions is a Legal Beagle, where we need a Legal Eagle. A Swish, instead of a Swoosh.

Notice that he only goes after the easy targets, at the bottom of the food chain?

Trump needs to set him straight or set him loose. If he doesn't, then we'll know that Trump himself is the problem, and that this is all a Bread & Circus Show. Minus the Bread, unless you count the Bread for Big Biz.

chunga's picture

I understand completely. If Trump is legit he'd better move things along or he will lose his only possible friends, the deplorables.

If he wants to fight I'll do what I can to help. If not fuck him too. I believe the country is at a very critical juncture right now and all the marbles are on the table.

new game's picture

when 92 senators vote for sanctions against russia it becomes obvious that we have a 1 party tyranny.

all this other shit is one uuuuge distraction.

and what is getting done in DC?

TheLastTrump's picture

How long do you imagine it takes to put together an ironclad case against a notoriously powerful & resourceful opponent like Hilary Clinton?


Do you image that one could be announced the new AG, then snap his or her fingers together & la di da...a case?


The deplorables that are sticking with him RFN/ right fucking now will not be easily shook.

Mr Hankey's picture

Why wouldn't a legit opposition have = power& resources?

Rabbi Chaim Cohen's picture

It's called: the endgame of the coup began in 2001 with 911 and was finalized with the last 8 years of BHO and Co.

What was left of the USA is all but gone, our government and media is so well-captured at this point that we can observe all of the corruption and crimes but there's not enough people left to complete the process of investigating, indicting, trying and convicting crimes in our halls of power. They have rendered themselves immune to our rule of law. We elected an outsider President, but the organs of government will not cooperate to allow him to govern. Our country exists to fund globalist Socialism along with it's climate activism and handouts. It is no longer ours as it was intended.

HRClinton's picture

You are correct. It's become a circus of Crime Syndicates - acting globally, and competing for turf & taxes.

If you don't know which Syndicate you belong to, then you're the one paying them and you are their serf, their share cropper, their minion.

Chupacabra-322's picture

The Global Criminal Oligarch Cabal Bankster Intelligence Crime Syndicate.