Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and other lawmakers are calling for an investigation into former attorney general Loretta Lynch for misleading the public by instructing that the former FBI director James Comey refer to the Hillary Clintons email investigation as merely a “matter.”
In Comey’s recent hearing, he said that Lynch directed him to refer to the investigation into the former presidential candidate’s use of a private email server as a “matter” instead of using the term “probe” or “investigation” – without giving Comey a reason why.
Comey said this made him feel “queasy” and that he felt like Lynch was “looking to align the way we talked about our work with the way the political campaign was describing the same activity, which was inaccurate.”
Lynch’s request is why Comey ultimately decided to hold a press conference announcing the results of the Clinton email investigation.
Feinstein, a democrat from California, stated over the weekend that Lynch’s actions need to be looked at.
“I would have a queasy feeling, too,” said Feinstein in Sunday morning interview with CNN. “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.”
Michael Mukasey, a former attorney general under George W. Bush, said Lynch’s behavior shows that the Department of Justice was under the Clinton camp’s control at the time.
“What makes it egregious is the fact — and I think it’s obvious that it is a fact — that the attorney general of the United States was adjusting the way the department talked about its business so as to coincide with the way the Clinton campaign talked about that business,” said Mukasey. “In other words, it made the Department of Justice essentially an arm of the Clinton campaign. That is a betrayal of the department and of its independence to illustrate that clearly that the attorney general was essentially in the tank for Secretary Clinton.”
Sen. Graham of South Carolina is also alarmed by Lynch’s actions to downplay the Clinton investigation.
“I want to hear from Loretta Lynch. I want Comey to come to our committee,” said Graham on CBS’ Face the Nation this Sunday. “This should be in the Judiciary Committee. If the attorney general’s office has become a political office, that’s bad for the American people.”
Apparently, Comey confronted Lynch twice on her election interference, both meetings ended abruptly and cold.
“Comey told lawmakers in the close door session that he raised his concern with the attorney general that she had created a conflict of interest by meeting with Clinton’s husband, the former President Bill Clinton, on an airport tarmac while the investigation was ongoing,” writes Circa News. After the FBI Director presented a piece of evidence to Lynch “Comey said “the attorney general looked at the document then looked up with a steely silence that lasted for some time, then asked him if he had any other business with her and if not that he should leave her office,” said one source who was briefed.”
While politicians in both parties are demanding an investigation into Lynch, Nancy Pelosi doesn’t see the former Obama attorney general’s suspicious meeting with Bill Clinton as “such a big deal.”
“I think that President Clinton was probably paying a courtesy visit. Two people are in the same place you say hello. It was unfortunate because it was misinterpreted as for what it was–‘matter’, ‘investigation’–I don’t know that it’s such a big deal,” said Pelosi.
Author’s note: Besides distracting the public, Comey’s hearing did bring this matter back to light. Even Democrats are skeptical of Lynch’s intentions. Obviously, Lynch was trying to protect Clinton and her election chances. She didn’t care about putting Comey in an uncomfortable situation. What else did she try to hide from the public to protect Clinton? This issue shouldn’t be overlooked.