House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA.) says it’s not “such a big deal” that former Attorney General Loretta Lynch instructed former FBI Director James Comey to use Clinton campaign taking points when referring to his probe of her private email mishandling.
One important revelation from Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday came when he talked about the bureau’s investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server. He said Lynch told him not to call the Clinton probe an investigation. “Just call it a matter,” he recalled her saying under questioning by Sen. James Lankford (R-OK.). Comey says the request gave him “a queasy feeling.”
Later, he said the word “matter” was used by the Clinton campaign. “I don’t know whether it was intentional or not,” Comey said, “but it gave the impression that the attorney general was trying to align how we describe our work.”
On Friday, Pelosi dismissed that part of the hearing. She thinks Lynch’s comments are being “misinterpreted.”
“Matter, investigation — I don’t know that that’s such a big deal,” she told reporters during a briefing.
Tim Kaine similarly dismissed the parts of Comey’s testimony that were a little troubling for Democrats.
Kaine moved to stay on point when asked about the comments. Calling that part of Comey’s testimony “irrelevant,” he continued to push the Russia narrative. “2016 is over. This is about 2017,” he said. “This is about a sitting president and why he fired the FBI director.”
Conservatives seem to find Lynch’s behavior more unsettling. Some are calling for an investigation after Comey said he thought Lynch was getting pressure from the Clinton campaign to make the investigation appear to be less serious.
After her assertion that Lynch’s behavior was normal, Pelosi used her Twitter account to tell President Trump what she thought about his response to Comey’s testimony.
Charm. Bully. Abandon. Sue. That’s how @realDonaldTrump deals with problems. It’s on full display with his actions toward Comey.
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) June 9, 2017
Pelosi’s tweet seems to reference reports that Trump’s attorney will be filing a complaint against Comey for leaking a memo to The New York Times.
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