Comey: AG Lynch Asked Me Not to Call the Clinton Email Probe an Investigation

Monica Sanchez | June 8, 2017
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This was not the scandal the media was looking for. 

Fired FBI Director James Comey at the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Thursday said that former Attorney General Loretta Lynch had once directed him not to call the Bureau’s probe into Hillary Clinton’s emails an investigation.

He said that the direction “concerned” him.

The former FBI director said his decision to reopen the Bureau’s probe into Clinton's emails just days ahead of the election was influenced by Lynch’s shady tarmac meeting with Bill Clinton.

“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,” said Comey.

“There were other things that contributed to that,” he went on. “Probably the only consideration I guess I can talk about in an open setting [is] that 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."

“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,” he added.  

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