After former FBI Director James Comey testified in an open hearing for the Senate Intelligence Committee he then went on to testify before a closed session of the same committee. In that session, he made some rather interesting comments that… of course, leaked out.
On Tuesday, Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), alluded to those statements and to the fact that less than 20 minutes after the closed hearing someone illegally leaked the privileged information to the press. One of those stories ran on the pages of Circa Tuesday morning and the details delivered there provide even more reason for Congress to begin and immediate investigation into the possible crimes of Loretta Lynch and Hillary Clinton.
Here’s what Circa is reporting from the closed (and classified) hearing:
Ex-FBI Director James Comey has privately told members of Congress that he had a frosty exchange with Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch last year when he confronted her about possible political interference in the Hillary Clinton email investigation after showing Lynch a sensitive document she was unaware the FBI possessed, according to sources who were directly briefed on the matter.
During his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee last Thursday, Comey alluded to the exchange after publicly discussing an encounter with Lynch, where she ordered him not to refer to the criminal probe of Clinton’ handling of classified emails not as an “investigation” but rather as a “matter.” He suggested it smacked of political spin rather than the way professional law enforcement officers talk.
“That concerned me because that language tracked the way the campaign was talking about the FBI’s work and that’s concerning,” Comey testified.
Comey said the conversation occurred well before the email probe was shut down and shortly before both Comey and Lynch were expected to testify in Congress and possibly field questions about candidate Clinton’s email issues. He said her request gave him a “queasy feeling.”
This exchange has already had and important impact on the national conversation, as it has led Senator Dianne Feinstein to call for an investigation into what Loretta Lynch was doing when she seemed to be playing politics with an important investigation.
But Comey had more to say because it wasn’t just Lynch’s decision to give Hillary Clinton’s campaign cover for her crimes, Comey had other evidence that he found far more troubling than her comments to him.
Comey told lawmakers in the close door session that he raised his concern with the attorney general that she had created a conflict of interest by meeting with Clinton’s husband, the former President Bill Clinton, on an airport tarmac while the investigation was ongoing.
During the conversation, Comey told lawmakers he confronted Lynch with a highly sensitive piece of evidence, a communication between two political figures that suggested Lynch had agreed to put the kibosh on any prosecution of Clinton.
Comey said “the attorney general looked at the document then looked up with a steely silence that lasted for some time, then asked him if he had any other business with her and if not that he should leave her office,” said one source who was briefed.
Comey “took that interaction and the fact she had met with Bill Clinton as enough reason to decide he would not allow the Justice Department to decide the fate of the case and instead would go public” with his own assessment that the FBI could not prove Mrs. Clinton intended to violate the law when she transmitted classified information through her private email and therefore should not be criminally charged. Another source said the “tarmac meeting was the public excuse for not going to Lynch when all along there was other evidence that was more concerning to Comey.”
Interestingly while Comey discussed some documents that he had that seemed to show collusion between Lynch and the Clinton campaign, he did not tell Congress that the information had been debunked as some liberals have argued. In fact, sources tell Circa that the documents liberals and their friends in the media keep referring to were not the “source” that Director Comey referred to in the closed hearing.
“Comey’s account to Congress does not sync with those media reports,” one source said, declining to be more specific. In public, Comey also seemed to suggest as much, saying some of the reports about why he went public with the email case findings were “nonsense.”
So, more evidence that Lynch was colluding with the Clinton campaign to protect Hillary Clinton. That evidence is not the supposedly debunked “Russian forgery” that the media keeps talking about. And most importantly, Comey was sure enough about the fact that Lynch was colluding with Clinton that he confronted her on the matter and then that he went over her head and ignored the proper chain of command when telling all of America about what the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails had found.
There sure seems to be a lot more smoke (and maybe fire) with this collusion story, than the Russian one that the media keeps pushing.