In his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey revealed that then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch had instructed him to call the probe into Hillary Clinton a “matter” instead of an “investigation.”
Comey also stated that the meeting between former president Bill Clinton and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch on the airport tarmac in Phoenix is what prompted him to come out publicly about the investigation regarding Hillary Clinton.
Democratic Senator Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton’s former running mate, has stated that Comey’s comments are “irrelevant.” In an interview Friday with CNN’s Alisyn Camerota on “New Day,” Kaine stated, “I thought that was pretty much irrelevant in the hearing yesterday. 2016 is over. This is about 2017. This is about a sitting president and why he fired the FBI director in a historic move and was that connected, as he suggested, to the Russians and his office the next day with his desire to undermine the Russia investigation.”
Kaine claimed the focus should just be on the current investigation into Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election.
“I know the Republicans are trying to seize on things to distract,” he said. “They are trying to close their eyes to the impact of this investigation. But I think the American public sees how serious it is and we’ve got to get to the bottom of it.”
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