Comey Says He Was Directed by Former AG Lynch Not to Call Hillary Email Probe an ‘Investigation’

Former FBI Director James Comey said former Attorney General Loretta Lynch directed him to refer to the Hillary Clinton email probe as a “matter,” not an investigation.

He said the request “confused and concerned” him and led him to the decision to make his independent announcement last July about the case.

He said another deciding factor was reports about a meeting on a tarmac between Bill Clinton and Lynch.

Comey said he felt obligated to do something “separately” from the Justice Department in order to “protect the credibility of the investigation.”


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