President Obama’s attorney general Loretta Lynch may have been hoping that her eyebrow-raising meeting with former president Bill Clinton was going to end up a forgotten footnote in history, but former FBI director James Comey hit her harder than anyone has yet on it at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing Thursday.
What Comey said was also bad news for former secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s e-mail server scandal, reviving the public’s attention on it as those on the left eagerly anticipate any Comey revelations that could bolster their calls for President Trump’s impeachment.
According to CNN, Comey was asked by the committee, “Let me go back if I can, very briefly, to the decision to publicly go out with your results on the [Hillary e-mails]. Was your decision influenced by the attorney general’s tarmac meeting with the former president Bill Clinton?”
“Yes,” Comey emphatically replied. “In an ultimately conclusive way, that was the thing that capped it for me — that I had to something separately to protect the credibility of the investigation, which meant both the FBI and the Justice Department.”
When Comey went public with his findings last year, it struck a significant blow to Hillary’s campaign for president. He helped bolster the perception among many voters that Clintons were corrupt politicians, especially amidst accusations of the Clintons illegally using their charitable foundation for their own political gains.
“Were there other things that contributed to that [decision to go public] that you can describe in an open session?” the committee then asked Comey Thursday.
“Probably the only other consideration that I guess I can talk about in an open setting is that at one point the attorney general [Lynch] directed me not to call it an ‘investigation,’ but instead to call it a ‘matter,’” Comey admitted after some thought, “which confused and concerned me.”
“But that was one of the bricks in the load that led me to conclude that I have to step away from the [State] Department if we’re the close this case credibility,” he added.
In other words, Comey denounced Lynch as untrustworthy in regards to the Hillary investigation, sending a clear signal of affirmation to Lynch and Hillary critics who have long accused Lynch and Obama of working with the Clintons to help Hillary get elected.
Comey followed up that statement about Lynch’s meeting with Bill, according to Fox News, by saying it “gave me a queasy feeling.”
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