Former FBI Director James Comey revealed in Senate testimony Thursday that then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch directed him to describe the Hillary Clinton email probe as a “matter” and not an “investigation.”
He also said that the directive, combined with Lynch’s unusual Arizona tarmac meeting with former President Bill Clinton, led him to make his independent announcement regarding the Clinton email probe last July.
Comey said that tarmac meeting was a “deciding factor” in his decision to act alone to update the public on the Clinton probe — and protect the bureau’s reputation.
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Comey admits leaking his Trump memo to the press
Former FBI Director James Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee that he personally directed the leak to a reporter of a memo he kept regarding that detailed a conversation he had with President Trump.
Comey admitted that leak after Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, asked him why he kept those memos, and then asked if he ever shared any of them outside the Department of Justice.
“My judgment was, I needed to get that out into the public square, and so I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter,” Comey said. “Didn’t do it myself for a variety of reasons, but I asked him to, because I thought, that might prompt the appointment of the special counsel.”
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Comey Can’t Answer Rubio On Why He Didn’t Alert Anyone If He Was Concerned
“At the time, did you say anything to the president about, ‘That is not an appropriate request,’ or did you tell the White House counsel, ‘That is not an appropriate request, someone needs to go tell the president that he can’t do these things?'” Rubio asked.
“I didn’t, no,” Comey said.
“Why?” Rubio pressed.
“I don’t know,” Comey said.
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