SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN ON SUNDAY SAID CONGRESS SHOULD LOOK INTO FORMER FBI DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY’S REVELATION THAT FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL LORETTA LYNCH ASKED HIM TO DOWNPLAY THE NATURE OF HIS INVESTIGATION INTO HILLARY CLINTON’S EMAILS.
James Comey testified the ex-attorney general Loretta Lynch requested that he call the the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails a “matter.”
Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday, noting that Lynch’s request made him feel “queasy.” Feinstein said she would have had “a queasy feeling, too.”
In an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Feinstein, the committee’s top democrat, said she didn’t know if Lynch was providing cover for the Clinton campaign, but said the request would have given her “a queasy feeling, too.”
“I think we need to know more about that,” the California senator said. “And there’s only one way to know about it, and that’s to have the judiciary committee take a look at that.”
Feinstein was firm, however that an investigation into Lynch’s conduct with the Clinton campaign should be separate from the current Congressional investigation into potential ties between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia.
“I don’t think we should mix the two,” Feinstein said. “I don’t know whether it’s obstruction of justice. I don’t intend to draw any conclusions until investigations are finished,”
Comey stated that when he asked Lynch if she was going to authorize him to confirm the existence of the Clinton email investigation, her answer was, “Yes but don’t call it that. Call it a ‘matter’.” When Comey asked why, he said, Lynch wouldn’t give him an explanation. “Just call it a matter,” she said.