Former Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch has denied ever ordering fired FBI Director James Comey to refer to the Hillary Clinton email investigation as a “matter,” contradicting Comey’s testimony to Congress.
“I did not,” Lynch said. “I never instructed a witness as to what to say specifically. Never have, never will.”
She continued: "In the meeting that I had with the Director, we were discussing how best to keep Congress informed of progress and discuss requesting resources for the Department overall. We were going to testify separately. And the concern that both of us had in the meeting that I was having with him in September of 2015 was how to have that discussion without stepping across the Department policy of confirming or denying an investigation, separate policy from testifying."
This could spell big trouble for Comey as he could face perjury charges if it's proved that he lied to Congress. Clearly, someone is lying.
At the time, Comey testified:
“The Clinton campaign, at the time, was using all kind of euphemisms — security review, matters, things like that, for what was going on. We were getting to a place where the attorney general and I were both going to have to testify and talk publicly about. And I wanted to know, was she going to authorize us to confirm we had an investigation? … And she said, ‘Yes, but don’t call it that, call it a matter.’ And I said, ‘Why would I do that?’ And she said, ‘Just call it a matter.’”
The last part of Comey's remarks is what Lynch is now disputing.
You might recall that Lynch infamously met with former President Bill Clinton in the middle of the email investigation into Hillary's mishandling of classified material. After getting busted, Lynch claimed they didn't discuss the matter and only talked about family.
Who do you think is telling the truth – Comey or Lynch?