Details of the confrontation between FBI Director James Comey and Attorney General Loretta Lynch emerge just as the White House backs him as man of ‘integrity.
A source familiar with the facts as they unfolded told Reuters on Monday that a confrontation between the attorney-general and the FBI director over Hillary Clinton’s emails was revealed Monday. Attorney General Lynch told James Comey that she thought his decision violated department policy. As Comey and Lynch aides debated last Thursday whether telling Congress about the emails would comply with longstanding Justice Department policy against announcing overt investigative steps that would influence an upcoming election, Comey asked whether he was being explicitly directed not to do so. ” Are you ORDERING me to keep new Clinton email bombshell SECRET?”
Sources told Reuters how James Comey, the FBI boss, challenged Loretta Lynch, the nation’s most senior prosecutor, over whether she was directing him to keep the bombshell discovery of new, ‘relevant’ emails secret from Congress.
This was revealed by the news agency hours after the White House went out of its way to back James Comey as a man of ‘integrity’ and seemingly disproved Hillary Clinton’s attack on Comey. It also slapped down claims by Harry Reid, the (D, NV), that ‘Comey may have been breaking the law by breaking the Hatch act‘ which prohibits knowingly influencing an election. Clearly President Obama did not believe he was doing such a thing, or perhaps Pres. Obama was covering his own backside.
The Comey-Lynch confrontation happened on Thursday, some time after Comey was fully briefed on the existence of the 650,000 emails uncovered by agents investigating Anthony Weiner’s sexting case of a minor who’s just a 15 years old girl. “The Attorney General never gave Comey the order not to send Congress the letter.” This was confirmed by a senior government official.
Comey’s letter on Friday notifying members of Congress that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had discovered new emails apparently pertinent to the Clinton server probe case has thrown the Democrat Party for a loop, and given new hope to Donald Trump that he can make a comeback and win on November 8.
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