James Comey had his big TV interview this weekend but before he went on the air, Loretta Lynch dropped a bombshell. The two of them are now telling contradictory versions of how the Hillary email scandal was handled.
The Hill reports:
Lynch defends handling of Clinton probe ahead of Comey interview
Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Sunday again defended her handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while Clinton was secretary of State, hours before ex-FBI Director James Comey gave his first television interview since testifying about their conversations on the matter.
In his new book, Comey wrote that Lynch instructed him to refer to the FBI’s investigation into the Clinton emails as a “matter” instead of an “investigation.” He testified the same thing to Congress last year, adding that he felt “queasy” following the exchange.
In a statement on Sunday, Lynch said the Justice Department’s handling of the investigation was no different than its approach to other matters.
Here’s Lynch’s entire statement:
“Everyone who works for the Department of Justice has an obligation to protect the confidentiality and integrity of the work of the Department. That is why, at the critical early stages of this case, I followed the Department’s long-standing policy of neither confirming nor denying the fact of an ongoing investigation,” Lynch said in a statement obtained by CNN.
“This policy both predates my tenure in the Department and will live on long after the current debate is over,” she continued. “Any suggestion that I invoked this bedrock policy for any other reason is simply false.”
Lynch just threw Comey under the bus, after Comey threw McCabe under the bus to the DOJ IG. This is starting to get interesting… https://t.co/2mD7gYTq6H
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) April 16, 2018
"If he [Comey] had any concerns regarding the email investigation, classified or not, he had ample opportunities to raise them with me both privately and in meetings. He never did." -Lynch.
— Nick Short 🇺🇸 (@PoliticalShort) April 15, 2018
The plot thickens!