During his testimony before the Senate committee investigating Russian interference, former FBI Director James Comey said that Loretta Lynch pressured him to use the Clinton Campaign’s language in order to manage the optics of the FBI’s active investigation into Clinton’s email server.
Instead of using the phrase “investigation,” Lynch asked Comey to instead say that the FBI had opened a “matter.”
It concerned me, because we were at the point where we had refused to confirm the existence of an investigation, for months. And it was getting to a place where that looked silly, because the campaigns were talking about interacting with the FBI.
The Clinton campaign at the time was using all kinds of euphemisms; security review, matters, things like that – for what was going on.
Was she [Lynch] gonna to authorize us to confirm that we had an investigation? And she said “Yes, but don’t call it that. Call it a ‘matter.’ And again, you look back in hindsight – you think, ‘should I have resisted harder? I just said, ‘alright, this isn’t a hill worth dying on.'”
It gave me a queasy feeling.
So the sitting Attorney General of the Untied States instructed the head of the FBI to use specific language that would help a candidate running for president.
The FBI director was uncomfortable with this because the language differed from FBI nomenclature, and perhaps because it could be considered influencing the election – yet Comey decided it ‘wasn’t a hill worth dying on.’
One wonders if Comey’s recommendation not to prosecute in the Clinton email investigation last July also not a hill worth dying on?
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) June 8, 2017
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