Rep. Doug Collins released more transcripts this week regarding the DOJ’s actions during the 2016 presidential election; revealing former Attorney General Loretta Lynch said she “never” instructed James Comey to refer to Hillary’s email probe as a “matter.”
“Today I’m releasing the remaining interview transcripts from @JudiciaryGOP’s investigation into decisions made at the Department of Justice and FBI,” posted Collins on social media.
Today I’m releasing the remaining interview transcripts from @JudiciaryGOP’s investigation into decisions made at the Department of Justice and FBI. To read the transcripts, visit https://t.co/EcAYT7JPdA. pic.twitter.com/kYy9YKSIZI
— Rep. Doug Collins (@RepDougCollins) May 20, 2019
Lynch disputes having directed Comey to characterize Clinton email probe as "a matter" https://t.co/d0Cd5qenyo
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) May 21, 2019
“So you do not believe you ever instructed him to call it a matter?” one lawmaker asked Lynch.
“I did not. I have never instructed a witness as to what to say specifically. Never have. Never will,” fired-back the former Attorney General.
Lynch’s comments directly refute Comey’s Congressional testimony.
QUESTION: And then you made a comment earlier about the Attorney General, previous AG [Lynch] asking you about the investigation on the Clinton emails, saying that you were asked not to call it an ‘Investigation’ anymore, but to call it a ‘Matter.’ And you said that confused you. Can you give us additional details on that?
COMEY: Well, it concerned me, because we were at the point where we refused to confirm the existence of an investigation –as we usually do– for months,. And it was getting to a place where that looked silly, because the campaigns were talking about interacting with the FBI in the course of our work.
The Clinton campaign at the time was using all kinds of euphemisms, ‘security review,’ ‘matter.’ Things like that.
For what was going on. We were getting to a place where the Attorney General and I were going to have to testify and talk publicly about it, and I wanted to know if she would 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 [Lynch] said just call it a ‘Matter.’
REPORT: Loretta Lynch Aide Sent Talking Points to FBI over Tarmac Meeting
A prominent lawyer who worked for former Attorney General Loretta Lynch drafted talking points regarding her secret tarmac meeting with Bill Clinton, sending that information over to the FBI to help bury the controversial story just weeks before the 2016 general election.
According to emails released by the American Center for Law and Justice, the Attorney General’s top lawyer, identified as Paige Herwig, helped edit Obama administration statements relating to the tarmac meeting.
Herwig currently serves as deputy general counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee, the body now probing President Trump’s relationship with Russian officials.
The documents show that DOJ officials began to edit and produce talking points regarding the Lynch-Clinton meeting just two days after news of the secret discussions made national headlines.
“Our talkers on this are below, along with the transcript of the Phoenix presser, where she was asked about this,” said the director of public affairs for the Justice Department. “Happy to discuss further by phone. Please let me know if you get any questions about this. Thanks.”
DOJ officials also asked their FBI counterparts to “flag” stories regarding the meeting that were “gaining traction” around the country.
The “tarmac meeting” between the former Attorney General and Bill Clinton raised serious ethical and legal questions over the FBI’s prosecution of Hillary’s private email server; prompting legislators to question the impartiality of the bureau’s investigation.
BOMBSHELL: DOJ Finds Comey ‘DEFIED AUTHORITY’ as FBI Director
A watchdog agency for the Department of Justice has concluded that former FBI Director James Comey “defied authority” during his time as the head of the agency, reports those with inside knowledge of the upcoming report.
According to ABC News, sources are saying an early draft of the report by Inspector General Michael Horowitz used the term “insubordinate” while describing Comey’s tenure at the nation’s premier law enforcement agency.
The report goes on to slam former Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s behavior surrounding the DOJ’s probe into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.
It remains unclear when a full draft of Horowitz’ report will be released to the public.
President Trump demanded the release of the material on social media Tuesday, asking “What is taking so long with the Inspector General’s Report on Crooked Hillary and Slippery James Comey?”
“Hope report is not being changed and made weaker!” he added.
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