Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Sunday said Congress should look into former FBI Director James Comey’s revelation that former Attorney General Loretta Lynch asked him to downplay the nature of his investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.
James Comey testified the ex-attorney general Loretta Lynch requested that he call the the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails a “matter.”
Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday, noting that Lynch’s request made him feel “queasy.” Feinstein said she would have had “a queasy feeling, too.”
In an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Feinstein, the committee’s top democrat, said she didn’t know if Lynch was providing cover for the Clinton campaign, but said the request would have given her “a queasy feeling, too.”
“I think we need to know more about that,” the California senator said. “And there’s only one way to know about it, and that’s to have the judiciary committee take a look at that.”
Feinstein was firm, however that an investigation into Lynch’s conduct with the Clinton campaign should be separate from the current Congressional investigation into potential ties between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia.
“I don’t think we should mix the two,” Feinstein said. “I don’t know whether it’s obstruction of justice. I don’t intend to draw any conclusions until investigations are finished,”
Comey stated that when he asked Lynch if she was going to authorize him to confirm the existence of the Clinton email investigation, her answer was, “Yes but don’t call it that.
Call it a ‘matter’.” When Comey asked why, he said, Lynch wouldn’t give him an explanation. “Just call it a matter,” she said.
Comey said that it made him very uncomfortable as it was NOT the truth.
“I don’t know whether it was intentional or not but it gave the impression that the Attorney General [Lynch] was looking to align the way we talked about our work with the way the political campaign was describing the same activity, which was inaccurate,” Comey added.
When asked by Texas Sen. John Cornyn if it would be fair to say Lynch had a “conflict of interest” in the Clinton email investigation, Comey answered in the affirmative. “That’s fair,” he said.
When Obama and the Clintons lose Diane Feinstein, it is significant. This could be a huge turning point. Feinstein is one of the most powerful leaders the Democrats have and she comes with incredible credibility.
This could very well be the crack in the door that swings it wide open.
The Comey hearings told us more about the Obama Justice Department than it did the Trump administration. Comey testified that Trump did not obstruct justice, but that Lynch did.
I may disagree with Feinstein most of the time, but she has proven over the decades to prefer honesty and integrity over partisan politics. She is also a bulldog. When she bites, she does not let go.
I have no doubt that she already has her team doing their own digging. We know that the more she digs, the more she will find.
Dianne Feinstein loves her party and she is smart enough to know that this whole issue is damaging. I expect that she will be uninvited to any further Clinton and Obama Christmas parties!