Former FBI Director James Comey went to the Senate earlier this month to testify about Russia colluding with President Trump during the 2016 election.
What he ended up inadvertently doing was throwing former Attorney General Loretta Lynch under the bus.
In his June 8 testimony, James Comey — under oath — said Lynch tried to get the FBI to downplay that probe. “At one point, she directed me not to call it an ‘investigation’ but instead to call it a ‘matter,’ which confused me and concerned me,” Comey said before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. “That was one of the bricks in the load that led me to conclude I have to step away from the department if we are to close this case credibly.”
Comey said Lynch’s request “gave the impression the attorney general was looking to align the way we talked about our investigation with the way a political campaign was describing the same activity.”
Pretty nefarious stuff.
Judge Andrew Napolitano, a legal expert for Fox News, said Monday that Comey’s testimony could be highly damaging and could land Lynch in jail for up to 10 years.
“I would actually extend it one step farther. There is enough evidence here, just on the basis of the little snippets given to the Senate Intelligence Committee by former FBI Director Jim Comey, that Mrs. Lynch was either conflicted or working at odds with the Justice Department and in behalf of Mrs. Clinton’s campaign and the DNC when she told them to use different terminology for the investigation,” he said.
This “terminology may be indicative of a mindset on the part of Attorney General Lynch that she was going to do whatever she could to prevent Mrs. Clinton from getting indicted,” Napolitano said.
A Senate probe is now underway. Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, asked Lynch in a letter this week about her communications with then-chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
“During your time in the Justice Department, did you ever have communications with Rep. Wasserman Schultz, her staff, her associates, or any other current or former DNC officials about the Clinton email investigation?” Grassley wrote. He also asked Lynch if “any of your Justice Department staff or your other associates” had similar communications.
Said Napolitano: “It is alleged, this document has not seen the light of day if it exists, that there are one or several emails between Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Loretta Lynch concerning the behavior that Loretta Lynch will take to further the DNC interests while Mrs. Lynch was attorney general.”
If such emails exist, the former judge said that would be “misconduct in office.”
“It’s a felony,” Napolitano said. “Depending upon exactly what they charged her with, it could be five or 10 years in jail. It’s very serious. It’s the equivalent of obstruction of justice. It’s the same allegation they are making about the president.”
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