Loretta Lynch got defensive and dropped a statement in an attempt to defend herself from Comey saying that he was worried about her objectivity.
Loretta Lynch just torched James Comey.
Her statement below. pic.twitter.com/f5JQImsMSU
— Kambree Kawahine Koa (@KamVTV) April 15, 2018
Here’s part of what Lynch said:
Congressional investigators have raised questions about about any conversations Lynch had with Clinton staffer Amanda Renteria or former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz about the email investigation.
In her statement Sunday, Lynch said: “At no time did I ever discuss any aspect of the investigation with anyone from the Clinton campaign or the DNC.”
In the book, Comey also says Lynch asked him to call the Clinton email probe “a matter” instead of an investigation, which to him seemed to align with the Clinton campaigns use of euphemisms to avoid using the word “investigation,” he wrote.
In her statement, Lynch defended her approach, saying that in her decades as a federal prosecutor, “I have never hesitated to make the hard decisions, guided by the Department of Justice’s core principles of integrity, independence and above all, always doing the right thing.
“The Justice Department’s handling of the Clinton email investigation under my leadership was no exception,” she said. “It was led by a team of non-partisan career prosecutors whose integrity cannot be overstated and whom I trusted to assess the facts and make a recommendation — one that I ultimately accepted because I thought the evidence and law warranted it.”
Here’s what Comey said:
Comey writes in the book that he found evidence which he felt could cast “serious doubt” on Lynch’s independence.
“Had it become public, the unverified material would undoubtedly have been used by political opponents to cast serious doubt on the attorney general’s independence in connection with the Clinton investigation,” Comey writes. He calls the material a “development still unknown to the American public to this day.”
And nearly everyone is awaiting Comey’s TV guest appearance pretty soon…