Skip to comments.Liar, Liar: Lynch Denied Instructing Comey To Downplay The Clinton Email Investigation
Posted on 05/21/2019 4:51:17 AM PDT by Kaslin
A joint task force made up of the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees on Monday released transcripts of various interviews with government officials. One of the transcripts was with former Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Specifically, the transcript reveals that Lynch denied ever directing FBI Director James Comey to refer to the Clinton email investigation as a "matter."
Attorney: Are you familiar with his -- I think he's testified to this -- that you instructed, I believe in September of 2015, Director Comey to call the Midyear Exam investigation a matter?
Lynch: I heard his testimony on it and that was the first time that he had ever indicated to me, in my understanding -- he may have told others -- that he had that impression of our conversation.
Attorney: So you do not believe you ever instructed him to call it a matter?
Lynch: I did not. I have never instructed a witness as to what to say specifically. Never have, never will.
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. 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.
Congressman Jim Jordan further pressed Lynch on her words and whether or not she wanted Comey to call the investigation a "matter."
Jordan: Ms. Lynch, so in Mr. Comey's book he says this: Comey quoted you as saying, "Call it a matter."
He responded, "Why would I do that?"
"'Just call it a matter,' she snapped back."
Is that accurate?
Lynch: I haven't read his book, so I can't say if that's in there or not.
Jordan: I'm reading directly from his book. He said call it a matter -- or you said, "Call it a matter."
His response was, "Why would I do that?"
He said you snapped back with, "Just call it a matter."
Is that accurate?
Lynch: Well, again, leaving aside whether it's in the book or not, that's not my recollection of the meeting. But I can't explain to you why he remembers it that way.
Jordan: Okay. He said this in his book. "The Attorney General seemed to be directing me to align me with the Clinton campaign strategy," he wrote, adding caustically that, quote, "The FBI didn't do matters."
Is that true? Were you trying to align him with the Clinton campaign strategy?
Lynch: I wasn't aware of the Clinton campaign strategy on anything. I had never --
Jordan: So you weren't trying to align anybody with the Clinton campaign strategy?
Lynch: I was not trying to align anyone on any issue with a campaign strategy in this case or any other.
During his testimony in front of the House Intelligence Committee in June, Comey made it evident Lynch instructed him to downplay the significance of the Clinton email investigation, Fox News reported.
"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. That was one of the bricks in the load that led me to conclude, I have to step away from the department if were to close this case credibly.
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 dont call it that, call it a matter.' And I said, Why would I do that? And she said, Just call it a matter.
The email matter. She never told anyone to use the phrase that she uses.
I bet she spoke to Comey and said "email matter" about a thousand times. She may not have TOLD him what to say, but it seems obvious what she wants to call this thing.
She wanted them to testify “fulsomely.”
Never before have I seen that word used in adverb form.
I guess Jimmy did not have a get out of jail free card when the music stopped.
So who is lying, Ms. WeDiscussedGrandchildren&Golf or Mr. PantsOnFire?
Lynch, Clinton, Obama do not put criminal activity in writing....it is all verbal so it can be denied.
That is what we see here.
Here she is admitting that it is/was department policy to with hold information from congress. In other words...lie.
Lynch doesn’t Mind, and Comey doesn’t Matter.
We The People don’t think what mind games you try to play will matter in saving your skin.
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Sounds like these Comey and Lynch colluded as to exactly what they would say.....truth was an option. Only the two of them would know the REAL truth.
They all lie.
They are leftists. They walk. They breathe. Their lips move. They lie.
It feels so weird to say this, but I believe Comey on this “matter”.
Hang her. Failing that, lock her up.
Ill go with her version. To overgeneralize, I find that women tend to remember exact words of a conversation and put that in their memory banks. Men tend to characterize the conversation, pull out some bullet points and remember the conversation the way they translated the words they heard.
In a match of Whos going to prison, me or you my money is on Lynch. She is far better versed at this then Comey. I wish her well in this matter. A striped Comey sounds good.
Because they fear strangers, and the most frightening stranger to them is the truth!
They are both lying. They both discussed and agreed to call it a matter. When the heat started coming down on Comey, he put it all on Lynch. This woman was nothing more than an Obama mouthpiece, thus a Clinton tool, pretty obvious with the tarmac meeting.
hmmm..sounds to me like a couple of weasels using weasel words..
She’s lying to another liar.
I mean, Dig digger
Anyway, Comey has a knack for using unique terms when the facts indicate the general usage term is better. Example- extremely careless should have been gross negligence.
Matter vs investigation
Wonder what he calls toilet paper.
If we could get the inside story on how Comey did this at home with his family it would likely be a real HOOT.
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