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Who's Lying? Loretta Lynch Or James Comey?

Jeff Katz
May 21, 2019 - 5:29 pm

During congressional testimony last year, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch disputed an accusation made by former FBI Director James Comey that painted her as a biased investigator during the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server.

While testifying to the Senate Intelligence Committee in June 2017, Comey said under oath that Lynch instructed him in September 2015 to refer to the Clinton email investigation as a "matter" instead of an "investigation."

Comey implied that those instructions were meant to protect Clinton, who, at the time, was considered a front-runner for the White House. He also added that Lynch's actions influenced the decisions he made during the Clinton investigation.

While testifying at a joint closed-door session of the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees in December, Lynch denied Comey's accusations. 

Lynch said, "I did not. I have never instructed a witness as to what to say specifically. Never have, never will."

Lynch told Congress her concern was with maintaining Justice Department policy of not confirming or denying the existence of an investigation — not protecting Clinton.

So, the question now becomes: who's lying here?