‘That Gave A Me Queasy Feeling’: Comey Uncomfortable With Lynch Directive To Call Hillary E-Mail Probe A ‘Matter’

Former FBI Director James Comey gave his blunt reaction at Thursday’s congressional hearing regarding his earlier disclosure about the then-attorney general, Loretta Lynch, directing him to call the probe into Hillary Clinton‘s e-mail scandal a “matter,” instead of an investigation. “That gave me a queasy feeling,” Comey said. Senator James Lankford had noted that the former official “made a comment earlier about the…previous attorney general asking you about the investigation on the Clinton e-mails — saying that you had been asked not to call it an investigation anymore, but to call it a ‘matter.’ And you said that ‘confused’ you.” The Oklahoma senator then asked, “Can you give us additional details on that?” Comey replied by outlining that “it concerned me, because we were at the point where we had refused to confirm the existence, as we typically do of an investigation, for months; and Continue reading "‘That Gave A Me Queasy Feeling’: Comey Uncomfortable With Lynch Directive To Call Hillary E-Mail Probe A ‘Matter’"

James Comey Admits on Hillary E-Mail Probe: Bill Clinton/Lynch Meeting Influenced Me

Former FBI Director James Comey confirmed on Thursday that the controversial June 2016 meeting between former President Bill Clinton and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch influenced his decision-making in the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation. Senator Richard Burr, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, asked the former federal official, “Let me go back, if I can very briefly, to the decision to publicly go out with your results on the e-mail. Was your decision influenced by the attorney general’s tarmac meeting with the former president, Bill Clinton?” Comey repeated his answer from a May 2017 hearing: “Yes, in a 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.” Senator Burr followed up by wondering, “Were there other things that contributed to Continue reading "James Comey Admits on Hillary E-Mail Probe: Bill Clinton/Lynch Meeting Influenced Me"

Charles Krauthammer: ‘Looks Pretty Improper’ That Trump Asked Comey About Investigation

Charles Krauthammer is a lion in the world of conservative politics. As such, his words on major news stories come with much more gravity than your typical pundit of any philosophical leaning. So tonight was an interesting night to learn how Mr. Krauthammer would react to the bombshell firing of former FBI Director James Comey. One of the many news items that came out today regarding this ever-evolving story-cum-scandal is President Trump’s admission that he asked Comey whether or not he was being investigated, something that runs counter to the original reporting of the Comey sacking led by the White House Press Department. Simply put, Krauthammer stated that, while he didn’t think it illegal for a sitting President to ask an FBI Director about an on-going investigation, “it looks pretty improper,” adding that the accepted standard for such behavior for an FBI chief is that he or she is “not Continue reading "Charles Krauthammer: ‘Looks Pretty Improper’ That Trump Asked Comey About Investigation"

James Comey Goes Off: Loretta Lynch’s Meeting with Bill Clinton ‘Was the Capper for Me’

During today’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on FBI oversight, FBI Director James Comey provided a very telling and revealing moment when it came to why he decided to hold a press conference last summer regarding his recommendation not to charge Hillary Clinton with anything related to her private email server. At that presser, while recommending no charges, Comey was highly critical of the former Secretary of State over her handling of classified information. “What I struggled with in the spring of last year was, ‘How do we credibly complete an investigation of Hillary Clinton’s e-mails if we conclude there’s no case there?’ The normal way to do it would be to have the Department of Justice announce it,” the FBI chief explained. However, as Comey noted, Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s meeting with Bill Clinton on a tarmac last June changed everything, and made it to where he felt it Continue reading "James Comey Goes Off: Loretta Lynch’s Meeting with Bill Clinton ‘Was the Capper for Me’"

Legal Group Files Lawsuit Against DOJ Over Loretta Lynch Plane Meeting with Bill Clinton

lynchIn the ongoing saga of the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton‘s emails, one of the key sticking points for conservatives has been that now-infamous plane meeting between Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former president Bill Clinton That meeting––which both Lynch and Clinton came to regret––came days before FBI Director James Comey held that press conference announcing no charges would be brought in the Hillary Clinton email investigation. Donald Trump and plenty of others (including people on the left) criticized that meeting, mostly on the optics, but Trump himself has taken to citing that meeting as evidence of the rigged, corrupt system. Well, now, the American Center for Law and Justice is filing a lawsuit [PDF] against the DOJ seeking all relevant records having to do with that meeting. They initially filed a FOIA request to obtain this information, but as it says in the lawsuit, “The Defendant Continue reading "Legal Group Files Lawsuit Against DOJ Over Loretta Lynch Plane Meeting with Bill Clinton"

DOJ Reportedly Warned Comey About Sending Out That FBI Letter

james-comeyOfficials from the Department of Justice have anonymously told multiple news outlets that FBI Director James Comey was warned that sending out that letter about new pertinent emails regarding Hillary Clinton would be in violation of department policy. One anonymously told The Washington Post, “Director Comey understood our position. He heard it from Justice leadership. It was conveyed to the FBI, and Comey made an independent decision to alert the Hill. He is operating independently of the Justice Department. And he knows it.” Meanwhile, both CNN and ABC News are reporting that this warning even came from the top––both AG Loretta Lynch and Deputy AG Sally Yates strongly objected to this. They were clearly frustrated with this politically-tinged disclosure so close to election day, but as Comey explained in his internal letter yesterday, he felt it was best in the name of transparency. There’s also this little Continue reading "DOJ Reportedly Warned Comey About Sending Out That FBI Letter"

Report: FBI Agents Privately Believe Lynch, Clinton Struck ‘An Inside Deal’

Loretta LynchAccording to The New York Post, FBI agents who worked on the Hillary Clinton email investigation are privately upset with the decision not to charge her and are quietly alleging that Attorney General Loretta Lynch must have struck a deal with her husband Bill Clinton during their private meeting. The Post cites anonymous sources in the FBI who claim that agents investigating Clinton were subject to higher-than-usual scrutiny. Agents had to sign “Case Briefing Acknowledgment” forms, non-disclosure agreements keeping them from speaking to anyone about the case unless called to testify. As a result, agents cannot go public with their opinions of the case, whether they agree with the final result or not. Some of those agents privately tell the Post that they are “disappointed” with FBI director James Comey‘s decision not to recommend charges. Some were even more vocal: “FBI agents believe there was an inside deal put Continue reading "Report: FBI Agents Privately Believe Lynch, Clinton Struck ‘An Inside Deal’"