Former FBI director James Comey defended the FBI’s botched investigation of the Hillary Clinton email scandal, according to transcripts of his closed-door testimony before Congressional lawmakers.
While Comey conceded that the Hillary email probe was “unusual,” he claimed her case was “not prosecutable” or “substantive.” And that’s why he did not recommend that charges be filed against the former Obama Secretary of State for her gross mishandling of classified intel on her private, unsecured email server.
“There’s no serious person who thinks there’s a prosecutable case there,” Comey said on page 84 of the 235-page transcript.
Comey also admitted that he was concerned about the appearance of impropriety regarding the infamous 2016 tarmac meeting between then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton.
Comey said he thought his boss, Loretta Lynch, should have recused herself from the Hillary email investigation after that. According to the transcript:
“I was very concerned by the appearance of that interaction. I remember being concerned about whether she should remain involved, especially after the tarmac visit.
But before I had an opportunity to discuss that with anyone at DOJ, the Attorney General announced that she would not recuse, but would accept my recommendation and that of the career prosecutors.”
In his anti-Trump memoir, Comey claimed that in 2015, Lynch ordered him and the FBI to refer to the Hillary email investigation as a “matter” and not an “investigation.”
At the time, Comey noted that Lynch’s euphemistic word choice mirrored the same terminology used by Hillary’s campaign, as BizPac Review reported:
“The attorney general seemed to be directing me to align with the Clinton campaign strategy. Her ‘just do it’ response to my question indicated that she had no legal or procedural justification for her request.”
In July 2018, bombshell revelations from the IG report of DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz (an Obama appointee) suggests that the 2016 tarmac meeting between then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton was coordinated — contradicting their claims that the meeting was accidental and coincidental.
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In 2016, Lynch — the U.S. attorney general under Barack Obama — secretly met for 30 minutes with Bill Clinton on an airport tarmac in Arizona.
At the time, then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was being investigated by the FBI over her 30,000 deleted emails and her destroyed government-issued phones, which she and her team smashed with hammers.
Several days after the tarmac meeting, the DOJ (which was headed by Loretta Lynch) decided not to file any charges against Hillary for her unauthorized use of an unsecured, private email server to conduct government business and her mass-deletion of 30,000 emails.
But James Comey still insists that the Hillary email investigation lacked substance and was “not prosecutable.” Okay, sure.
President Trump ripped Comey on Twitter, citing his selective amnesia and his mountain of lies.
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