Former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before Congress this week continues to reveal a plethora of “Huh?” moments surrounding his dealings with not only the Trump administration, but with the Obama crew before it.
With the liberal media wanting, hunting, hoping and praying for Comey to reveal that Trump specifically called him off the “Russia-connection” case, conservatives equally wondered whatever happened to any investigation into Bill Clinton’s ‘chance’ meeting with Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch while his wife was the subject of an active investigation? Or whatever happened to any investigation into why Hillary deleted 33,000 emails and then had her email server wiped?
In sworn testimony this morning, Comey shed some light on the topic. The Washington Free Beacon reports:
Former FBI Director James Comey said Thursday that then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s instruction last year to call the Hillary Clinton email investigation a “matter” “confused” and “concerned” him.
Sen. Richard Burr (R., N.C.) asked Comey if his decision to make public remarks about the Clinton email investigation last July was influenced by Lynch’s private tarmac meeting with Bill Clinton in the midst of the probe.
“Yes. In an ultimately conclusive way, that was the thing that capped it for me, that I had to do something separately to protect the credibility of the investigation, which meant both the FBI and the Justice Department,” Comey said.
“Were there other things that contributed to that that you can describe in an open session?” Burr asked.
Comey said the one he could speak out about was an unusual directive from Lynch.
“At one point, the attorney general had directed me not to call it an investigation but instead to call it a matter, which confused me and concerned me,” Comey said. “But that was one of the bricks in the load that led me to conclude I have to step away from the department if we’re to close this case credibly.”
Why would the head of the Department of Justice instruct the head of an investigation agency to say “matter” rather than “investigation?” Could it have something to do with influencing public perception?
[Note: This article was written by Derrick Wilburn]