Comey Testifies AG Lynch 'Pressured' Him On Clinton Probe: "It Gave Me A Queasy Feeling"

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...

Comments

Looney nuubee Thu, 06/08/2017 - 12:28 Permalink

  I think I know why Comey is so cocky during today's testimony. During his previous Senate Hearing in May of 2017, he denied being pressured to drop or halt any investigations, BUT… he was asked about the pressure from the DOJ and not the White House. Here’s the part of the transcript with that exchange: HIRONO: So if the Attorney General or senior officials at the Department of Justice opposes a specific investigation, can they halt that FBI investigation? COMEY: In theory yes. HIRONO: Has it happened? COMEY: Not in my experience. Because it would be a big deal to tell the FBI to stop doing something that -- without an appropriate purpose. I mean where oftentimes they give us opinions that we don't see a case there and so you ought to stop investing resources in it. But I'm talking about a situation where we were told to stop something for a political reason, that would be a very big deal. It's not happened in my experience. Up until now, I could’ve sworn that I heard the fucktard denying any requests by the White House to drop a case. Fucking lawyers – Comey, Hillary, 0bama! Every time, every fucking time they say one thing, but it means something else! Looney

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Tarzan Yog Soggoth Fri, 06/09/2017 - 06:47 Permalink

Funny how he shows loyaly to Lowrenta and the Clinton coup's "matter", and feigns concern that Trump wanted loyal honesty! Comey is likley a pedophile covering the tracks of his gang! PIZZAGATESETH RICHBeranton J. Whisenant Jr May I repeat myself.....Can someone besides Professor Dershowitz please explain to the American People, The President is the FBIs BOSS!!! Just like the Congress can impeach the President for chewing gum, He can fire that liar for any damn reason he pleases!  In adition, he can DIRECT the FBI to start or stop any investigation he pleases, or pardon anyone he pleases! Trump is guilty of not following Washington protocal, their traditions.  It has nothing whatsoever to do with law!!  Funny how Washington works, just like the synagogue of Satan, who wear their laws on their sleave, but worship their secretive satanic traditions. There's a circus in town, it goes on nite and day, 24-7, and Comey is currently the biggest clown in the show!  While we brain wash the nation, while we train our kids to kill, while we foment the next great world war, the masses are entertained with the greatest show on the planet, a true circus of distractions! All that was done and said in those meetings have one purpose, all the Russia bullshit, the Trump bashing, the tweet saga, all of it is to distract from the criminal military actions of our Government! While we sit, with popcorn in hand, watching this circus, on the other side of the world, we're killing women and children to protect the assets of Billionaires.  You and I send a third of our labor to washington, so Billionaires don't have to pay for their muscle, so kings, queens, princes and oligarchs can rape the world on our dime! Party on dude......eventually, the chickens will come home to roost - the bread will dry up, and the circus will cease.  Then we the people will be left naked, poor, and exposed to the wrath of the world.  America is going down!!! Can someone besides Professor Dershowitz please explain to the American People, The President is the FBIs BOSS!!! Just like the Congress can impeach the President for chewing gum, He can fire that liar for any damn reason he pleases!  In adition, he can DIRECT the FBI to start or stop any investigation he pleases, or pardon anyone he pleases! Trump is guilty of not following Washington protocal, their traditions.  It has nothing whatsoever to do with law!!  Funny how Washington works, just like the synagogue of Satan, who wear their laws on their sleave, but worship their secretive satanic traditions. There's a circus in town, it goes on nite and day, 24-7, and Comey is currently the biggest clown in the show!  While we brain wash the nation, while we train our kids to kill, while we foment the next great world war, the masses are entertained with the greatest show on the planet, a true circus of distractions! All that was done and said in those meetings have one purpose, all the Russia bullshit, the Trump bashing, the tweet saga, all of it is to distract from the criminal military actions of our Government! While we sit, with popcorn in hand, watching this circus, on the other side of the world, we're killing women and children to protect the assets of Billionaires.  You and I send a third of our labor to washington, so Billionaires don't have to pay for their muscle, so kings, queens, princes and oligarchs can rape the world on our dime! Party on dude......eventually, the chickens will come home to roost - the bread will dry up, and the circus will cease.  Then we the people will be left naked, poor, and exposed to the wrath of the world.  America is going down!!!

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fleur de lis MagicHandPuppet Thu, 06/08/2017 - 15:53 Permalink

Comey was, is, and will always be a cunning weasel who was hedging his bets throughout the election and afterwards. He knew very well that he was covering for Hellish until the NYPD raid on Wiener put him in a position where he could no longer protect her to the same degree.Even with his negative statements about Hellish's emails he still went easy on her, since he would have to face her wrath if she took the White House.Not that she was in any way grateful for his protecting her from near destruction.She was the one who went behind his back will piles of emails he never knew about, and still he let her off the hook.Hedging his bets. When Lynch told him to ease up on Hellish he played dumb because he knew the Clinton tentacles would reach him.Hedging his bets.They must have had something on Lynch to put her up to Comey, so she was hedging her bets, too.Then when Trump spoke to Comey about Flynn he feigned surprise and confusion again, as if someone as ruthless as himself would not know how to state a procedural response.He could have taken action at that point but he did not.Hedging his bets again.Comey was playing a high stakes game all along, as perverse as anything the DC Swamp ever spewed out.He knew Hellish had violated all manner of email requirements and let her go.He knew that Huma's son was in the care of a pervert and let that go, too.He fancied himself the Master of the Information Universe, with everyone on a short leash.Played everyone like a piano.A real virtuoso.Hedging his bets.Played both ends agianst the middle -- actually all ends against the middle -- had everyone checkmated and they never suspected a thing.Yet he would have us believe that he was astonished and baffled and confused when he heard this or that.For the most part he threw in his lot with Hellish, which is fitting since they both sup from the same trough.Wiener threw him off a bit but left him relatively unscathed, although it angered Hellish and earned him disdain on all sides.No matter, he was still hedging his bets.He must have locked horns with Trump in a way yet undisclosed for such a public firing.It was this that prompted him -- his ego after such humiliating treatment by Trump.At that moment all his bets got called in and he lost them all.But he had one ace left -- revenge and destruction.That's all this is about.He would destroy the entire Administration to get even, oblivious to his own complicity.he has dropped the mask, and has shown himself to be an overpaid .gov guttersnipe.Comey never gave a damn about America, it was always his demented ego and his manipulative bets.Nothing was really new today, we may as well get used to this shit show for the rest of the year, footing the bill afterwards.Comey and the Deep State will be out getting drunk, and they'll make us pick up that tab, too.   

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chunga fleur de lis Thu, 06/08/2017 - 16:41 Permalink

My hunch on investigation # 2 only lasting 8 days is; that's how long it took to seize the Weiner laptop, positively destroy all copies, then threaten and/or kill everyone that saw it.Supposedly he skipped by Lynch and went to the frauds in congress with the announcement. I'll be very disappointed if this ends with just "slamming" NYT and a wrist-slap for Comey about leaks. There is way moar going on here, the leaks are like Monica's blue dress.

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Yog Soggoth chunga Thu, 06/08/2017 - 22:35 Permalink

That would be true under Obama. They did delay Sessions for as long as possible. Even if what you propose, (severe penalties), were partial fact, then that would give the NYCOPS political leverage to save a flashdrive or two. I forgot to add that Comey might have had on of those copies in his office while he was in Nevada.

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Goldilocks fleur de lis Thu, 06/08/2017 - 19:27 Permalink

Martin Heinrich: As we look at testimony or as communication from both of you, we should probably be looking for consistency?James Comey: Well, in looking at any witness, you look at consistency, track record, demeanor, record over time, that sort of thing.umm, "I'm fine. I just ah ... threw up in my mouth a little bit."DodgeBall Threw Up https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-NrPOMBKnw (0:13)

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Buck Johnson Bastiat Thu, 06/08/2017 - 14:23 Permalink

Of course the he lied or is obfuscating.  This guy is confused about what Lynch said but wasn't when the president of the US was always wanting to talk to him about the investigation with Russia and his people?  Right Comey, right.  It sounds like to me you knew that Obama and his cohorts are out of power and not nearly a threat as Trump and his and that is why your getting amnesia about Trump and his people.

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Cynicles II Buck Johnson Thu, 06/08/2017 - 15:38 Permalink

"This guy is confused about what Lynch said but wasn't when the president of the US was always wanting to talk to him about the investigation with Russia and his people?"Seeks to sink the prior admin while making it clear Trump was a good kid - thus increasing his chances for kind treatment for his dubious crime(s).That is exactly the reason he just created wrote down his notes way back then.  

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oDumbo wee-weed up Thu, 06/08/2017 - 14:02 Permalink

oDumbo dancing in the streets with gorilla applauds.  oDumbo, lynch, holder... why did the federal government instruct the IRS to start a fascist holy war against Republican non profit corporations before the 2012 election?  Why did the federal government decide to use its fascist democratic muscle to ruin the lives of communities and families who were simply supporting Romney for President?  Why is this OK with you, mainscum media?  

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SWRichmond y3maxx Thu, 06/08/2017 - 12:58 Permalink

It seems to me that there would not be a Russia problem had Hitlary email servers not had been so easily accessable by russia and other countries....and if the dems hadn't employed the Awan family...and if Podesta's email password hadn't been "password"...and if the taxpayers' erstwhile "representatives" hadn't repeatedly demonstrated sufficient stupidity to pay for a "dossier" about Trump hiring Russian hookers to piss on a bed.Hillary's email server - not her faultHillary's loss to Trump - not her faultPodesta's email hack - not his faultAwan brothers compromising dozens of Dem representatives - not Wasserman's faultand on and on

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Son of Loki knightowl77 Thu, 06/08/2017 - 15:21 Permalink

So, Bill Clinton ordered Obama's Attorney General, Lorretta Lynch, to drop the investigation of Clinton's crimes (EmailGate).Then, Loretta Lynch obeyed Bill Clinton and ordered FBI Director, James Comey, to drop the criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton's numerous violations of federal law including exposing Top Classified documents. Indictments should be forthcoming!

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