trump goes over the top

UPDATE Jun 13 8:50 am EST. Trump chimed in on Twitter:

Here is the article constantly cited, tho I think we had it before

Comey got ‘steely silence’ from Loretta Lynch about Clinton email probe
John Solomon, Sara Carter, Circa.com, Jun 13 2017

James Comey has privately told members of Congress that he had a frosty exchange with Obama AG Loretta Lynch last year when he confronted her about possible political interference in the Hillary Clinton email investigation after showing Lynch a sensitive document she was unaware the FBI possessed, according to sources who were directly briefed on the matter. During his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee last Thursday, Comey alluded to the exchange after publicly discussing an encounter with Lynch, where she ordered him not to refer to the criminal probe of Clinton’ handling of classified emails not as an “investigation” but rather as a “matter.” He suggested it smacked of political spin rather than the way professional law enforcement officers talk. Comey testified:

That concerned me because that language tracked the way the campaign was talking about the FBI’s work and that’s concerning.

Comey said the conversation occurred well before the email probe was shut down and shortly before both Comey and Lynch were expected to testify in Congress and possibly field questions about candidate Clinton’s email issues. He said her request gave him a “queasy feeling.” On CNN Sunday, Dianne Feinstein said:

I would have a queasy feeling too, though, to be candid with you I think we need to know more about that and there’s only one way to know about it and that’s to have the Judiciary Committee take a look at that.

In multiple private sessions over the last few months, Comey has told Congress critturs about a second, later confrontation with Lynch shortly before the email probe was shut down. Comey told the critturs in the closed-door session that he raised his concern with AG Lynch, that she had created a conflict of interest by meeting with Clinton’s husband, the former President Bill Clinton, on an airport tarmac while the investigation was ongoing. During the conversation, Comey told the awestruck critturs that he confronted Lynch with a highly sensitive piece of evidence, a communication between two political figures that suggested Lynch had agreed to put the kibosh on any prosecution of Clinton. One source who was briefed Comey said:

The AG looked at the document then looked up with a steely silence that lasted for some time, then asked him if he had any other business with her and if not that he should leave her office. He took that interaction and the fact she had met with Bill Clinton as enough reason to decide he would not allow the DoJ to decide the fate of the case and instead would go public.

Another source said:

That tarmac meeting was the public excuse for not going to Lynch, when all along there was other evidence that was more concerning to Comey.

Comey announced his assessment that while Clinton had been reckless, he did not believe he could prove intent to commit a crime on Jul 5 2016, a decision that resulted in discord among the bureau’s agents who investigated Clinton. The sources said that Comey’s testimony in private conflicted with recent reports in the news media suggesting the FBI had intercepted an email between Demagog Party chair Wasserman Schultz and a third party. Those media reports suggested that the information about the email was more than likely fake and a ruse possibly planted by the Russians. The WaPo story suggested the dubious email is what motivated Comey, who still was not sure of the intelligence, to come forward with his findings in the Clinton investigation and shut down the case. One source said:

Comey’s account to Congress does not sync with those media reports.

In public, Comey also seemed to suggest as much, saying some of the reports about why he went public with the email case findings were “nonsense.”

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