During his much-anticipated testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey made a claim that highlights the hypocrisy of the Democrats’ accusations against President Trump. Barack Obama’s Attorney General Loretta Lynch, said Comey, attempted to pressure him to portray the investigation into Hillary Clinton as simply a “matter” rather than a true “investigation” — as it of course was.
“At one point, the Attorney General [Lynch] told me not to call it an investigation but instead to call it a ‘matter,’ which confused and concerned me,” the former FBI director told the committee Thursday. “But that was one of the bricks in the load that led me to conclude I have to step away from the [Justice] Department if we’re to close this case credibly.” Watch below:
This is not the first time Comey has mentioned that Lynch tried to get him to downplay the Clinton investigation, but in the midst of the Democrat/media frenzy over Trump’s alleged pressuring of Comey to drop the Flynn “matter,” the former FBI director’s statement made under oath exposes the egregious double standard in a glaring way.
“This comes on the heels of Comey saying he largely scrapped the Clinton investigation because of Lynch’s private meeting with Bill Clinton,” notes Erick Erickson. “That sounds way more like obstruction of justice than Trump just asking Comey if he might wind down the Flynn investigation when Comey did not do so afterwards.”
In yet another example of the Democrats’ hypocritical double standard, as former Bush White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer notes, while the Democrats and their colleagues in the media cry “obstruction” over Trump’s request for “loyalty” from Comey, they didn’t seem to have any problem with Obama AG Eric Holder calling himself Obama’s “wingman”:
Lynch was not the only unexpected casualty of the day. Also caught in the line of fire was the establishment media for its increasing reliance on unnamed sources, whom Comey explained often simply do not fully understand the information they are illegally leaking. In particular, the New York Times came out of the hearing with its credibility diminished after Comey blew up its Feb. 14 “bombshell” on the potential collusion of Trump’s associates with Russian agents, a report he agreed was “almost entirely wrong.”
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