Feinstein's call for Lynch investigation 'refreshing'
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 13, 2017,
Jun 13, 2017, 6:47
The former FBI director's revelation makes clear that, in the heat of a presidential campaign, the sitting president's attorney general attempted to interfere with an investigation into the Democratic Party's candidate for president of the United States.
"It won't get much attention, but that was pretty damning", said CNN's John King of Comey's testimony about Lynch.
"And that confused me and concerned me", Comey said. "I would have a queasy feeling too", Feinstein told CNN.
"I think we need to know more about that", the California senator said.
But the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee says it's a question worth examining.
Michael Mukasey, the attorney general under George W. Bush, said on Friday that Lynch essentially turned the Department of Justice into "an arm of the Clinton campaign".
Last week, Comey told the committee that Lynch directed him to call the email investigation a "matter". "And there's only one way to know about it and that's to have the Judiciary Committee take a look at that". Republican members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, from left, Sen. John McCain asking the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director a confusing set of questions that left journalists and pundits scratching their heads. He said her request would match the wording of Clinton's campaign.
Lynch, a President Obama nominee, ultimately had to distance herself from the FBI probe after meeting with former President Bill Clinton on a tarmac in Phoenix during the height of the election campaign and email investigation. We were getting to a place where the attorney general and I were both going to testify and talk publicly about it.
When exactly did Lynch ask Comey to downplay the Clinton investigation?
"That was one of the bricks in the load that I needed to step away from the department", Comey said.
But according to his testimony, his decision last July had to do with the obstruction of justice allegations made against the Clintons - namely that Lynch, who had purview over the FBI during their investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails, had met with Bill Clinton at a time when it was still possible that the investigation could result in Clinton being indicted. I am so sorry the Federal Bureau of Investigation workforce had to hear them.