Loretta Lynch, former Attorney General, says the remarks fired FBI Director James Comey gave during his testimony regarding the Clinton email probe is a contradiction to what really happened.
During her interview with NBC’s Lester Holt, Lynch stated that Comey did not have any concerns with referring to the bureau’s probe into Hillary Clinton’s private email server as a “matter” rather than an “investigation.”
This is contrary to Comey’s testimony in June 2017, when he refers to Lynch’s request as giving him a “queasy feeling.”
“At one point, the attorney general had directed me not to call it an investigation, but instead call it a matter, which confused and concerned me,” Comey told lawmakers at the time.
“I remember specifically talking with him, as we talked about sensitive things on a number of occasions,” Lynch said. “We often would have to discuss sensitive matters, sensitive issues … And this was a very sensitive investigation as everyone knew.
“And the issue when he and I sat down at that time, which I think was early in the fall of 2015, was whether or not we were ready as a department to confirm an investigation going on, when we typically do not confirm or deny investigations into anything, with rare exceptions.”
“So Comey says you wanted to call it the Clinton matter, he wanted to call it the Clinton investigation, to the extent though that he noted it, that it bothered him, did he go to you and question your credibility with regard to the Clinton case?” Holt asked.
“I can tell you that it was a meeting like any other we had had where we talked about the issues. We had a full and open discussion about it and concerns were not raised,” Lynch said during her interview.
Here is the interview: