Published: Sat, June 10, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Comey: Lynch Asked Him to Call Clinton Investigation 'a Matter'

Comey: Lynch Asked Him to Call Clinton Investigation 'a Matter'

Ex-FBI director James Comey said Thursday that he didn't call for an independent counsel to probe Hillary Clinton's private email server because there was no evidence that any crime had been committed.

McCain later released a statement, joking that "maybe going forward I shouldn't stay up late watching the Diamondbacks night games".

"I get the sense from Twitter that my line of questioning today went over people's heads".

McCain says his point was to find out if Comey believes his interactions with Trump rise to the level of obstruction of justice.

"You heard Senator Risch ask about the expression of hope", Cornyn said.

In announcing on July 5, 2016 that he was closing the email probe, Comey called Hillary Clinton's actions "extremely careless" but said he did not recommend filing charges.

Kasowitz also pointed to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats' and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers' comments from Wednesday, when they testified they never felt "pressured" by Trump to interfere in the FBI's investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential election.

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When I said, we have opened a matter, they all reported the FBI has an investigation open. Was he arguing that Comey should publicly exonerate Trump before the Russian Federation investigation is finished?

Comey said Trump fired him on May 9 because of the FBI's investigation into possible collusion previous year between the Trump campaign and Russian officials who sought to push the election Trump's way through hacking and fake news.

"That investigation was going on".

Former FBI Director James Comey said he chose to speak publicly about the probe of Hillary Clinton's email after concluding that then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch had the appearance of a conflict of interest.

He told lawmakers that Lynch had directed him to refer to the Clinton email probe as a "matter", which tracked the language used by her campaign, instead of an investigation. "You reached separate conclusions". A lot of questions focused on the written statement he provided yesterday, in which Comey detailed his uncomfortable conversations with the president. It appeared that McCain could not appreciate nor understand Comey's reply and kept repeating himself.

"What makes it egregious is the fact - and I think it's obvious that it is a fact - that the attorney general of the United States was adjusting the way the department talked about its business so as to coincide with the way the Clinton campaign talked about that business", Michael Mukasey said in an interview with Newsmax on Friday.

Comey said that after the tarmac meeting he considered whether a special counsel should be appointed, and decided not.

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