Former FBI director James Comey appeared on Capitol Hill to give his side of his firing and insight into the Russia “meddling” probe being conducted by the FBI. He made statements that appealed to both sides of the political aisle, ranging from criticizing Trump’s alleged defamation of him to disagreeing on direct Russian interference in the 2016 election.
But, one of the more jarring statements that he made was that he had to work independently of the Department of Justice after then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch met with Bill Clinton on a tarmac. It suggested he could not trust Lynch due to that meeting:
[Comey] said Lynch’s meeting with former President Bill Clinton on a tarmac in Phoenix caused him to work independently of the Department of Justice on the Clinton investigation. He said he felt Lynch was trying to align the FBI’s description of its investigation with Clinton’s messaging in a bid to help her with the 2016 presidential election.
“I don’t know whether it was intentional or not, but it gave the impression that the attorney general was trying to align how we describe our work,” he said.
Lynch’s request to call the investigation a “matter” and not an investigation gave him “a queasy feeling,” Comey said.