Loretta Lynch Accuses Comey Of Lying, Says She Didn't Call Clinton Probe a "Matter"
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Representative Doug Collings released transcripts on Monday relating to investigations into the decision made by the DOJ and FBI to exonerate Hillary Clinton.
In the transcripts, there was information relating to the James Comey and Loretta Lynch conversations about the decision to call the Hillary Clinton investigation a "matter."
According to Comey, Lynch told him to refer to the Clinton probe as a "matter" but according to Lynch, she never said that. Someone is lying.
Check out what Fox News reported:
Lynch, who testified that Comey's claim left her "quite surprised," made the dramatic remarks at a closed-door House Oversight Committee hearing last December. A transcript of her testimony was released on Monday by House Judiciary Committee ranking member Doug Collins, R-Ga.
The episode marked the latest public dispute to break out among high-level ex-Obama administration officials, as multiple government reviews of potential FBI and Justice Department misconduct continue.
In a June 17 interview under oath with the House Intelligence Committee, Comey said Lynch had pressed him to downplay the significance of the Clinton email review. He said the moment led him to question her independence and contributed to his decision to unilaterally hold a press conference in July 2016 announcing the conclusions of the probe.
“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 testified under oath. “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.’”
Comey continued: “The Clinton campaign, at the time, was using all kind of euphemisms — security review, matters, things like that, for what was going on. We were getting to a place where the attorney general and I were both going to have to testify and talk publicly about. And I wanted to know, was she going to authorize us to confirm we had an investigation? ... And she said, ‘Yes, but don’t call it that, call it a matter.' And I said, ‘Why would I do that?’ And she said, ‘Just call it a matter.’”
However during her testimony, Lynch denied the accusations from Comey.
"I did not," Lynch said when asked about whether or not she instructed Comey to call the investigation a "matter."
"I have never instructed a witness as to what to say specifically. Never have, never will," Lynch continued. "In the meeting that I had with the Director, we were discussing how best to keep Congress informed of progress and discuss requesting resources for the Department overall. We were going to testify separately. And the concern that both of us had in the meeting that I was having with him in September of 2015 was how to have that discussion without stepping across the Department policy of confirming or denying an investigation, separate policy from testifying.
"Obviously, we wanted to testify fully, fulsomely, and provide the information that was needed, but we were not at that point, in September of 2015, ready to confirm that there was an investigation into the email matter -- or deny it," Lynch also noted. "We were sticking with policy, and that was my position on that. I didn't direct anyone to use specific phraseology. When the Director asked me how to best to handle that, I said: What I have been saying is we have received a referral and we are working on the matter, working on the issue, or we have all the resources we need to handle the matter, handle the issue. So that was the suggestion that I made to him."
Lynch went on to say that she was shocked when Comey came out with the accusation.
"I was quite surprised that he characterized it in that way," Lynch said. "We did have a conversation about it, so I wasn't surprised that he remembered that we met about it and talked about it. But I was quite surprised that that was his characterization of it, because that was not how it was conveyed to him, certainly not how it was intended."
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