During his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, former FBI Director James Comey unmasked a delicate situation that happened during the last days of Obama’s administration. He revealed that the former president’s Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, asked him to call the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email scandal a “matter” instead of an “investigation.”
Although many believed that this was the only controversial moment between Lynch and Comey, new information suggests that there’s more about to come.
Circa reporters John Solomon and Sara Carter told Fox News’ host Sean Hannity that there were actually other meetings between the former FBI Director and former Attorney General. Also, they insist these are going to be revealed in the coming weeks.
Regarding this scandal, Solomon explained that what Comey said during his testimony is more than enough to bring the focus to his relationship with Lynch. He also said that some of his sources said that there could be more encounters with the former Attorney General, and the American people will know about it in less than a month.
While it remains unknown what new details will be revealed, the truth is that this is turning into an interesting case. It could ultimately represent a serious issue for James Comey and Loretta Lynch.
According to a law professor at Fordham University, Jed Shugerman, what the former FBI Director said about his meeting during the testimony represents a serious intrusion that “probably changed history.”
The academic further states that this incident between Comey and Lynch could have changed the course of the 2016 presidential election. The reason is that this “partisan intrusion” had an effect on Comey that could have altered the way he handled the investigation later.
While Shugerrman criticized the GOP for pushing in regards to Clinton’s emails, he considers it an improper strategy to distract from other questions, Comey’s revelations changed his mind. He now admits that even when Republicans may have intended to change the subject, it is a fact that they did it because they found a real issue to investigate further.
Finally, the professor claimed that Americans will hear a lot about this controversial case between Comey and Lynch. Also, he explained that while this situation doesn’t rise to obstruction, the former Attorney General and Bill Clinton should be called to testify and explain their behavior.
The former FBI Director held a press conference early last July announcing his recommendation that the Justice Department should not charge the presidential candidate. However, he painted Clinton and her team as extremely careless.
In late October, Comey sent a letter to Congress announcing the discovery of new emails that could have been related to the case. However, he announced days later that these emails, which were found on Anthony Weiner’s computer, did not warrant any further investigation.
The Democratic Party argued that this moment had a significant implication for the November election and blamed the former FBI Director for Clinton’s defeat against Donald Trump. However, Comey felt the need to deliver that controversial press conference after former President Bill Clinton was found to have met with Loretta Lynch aboard a plane on a tarmac in Arizona.
When Comey testified on May 3 before the Senate Judiciary Committee, he was asked about this particular meeting. The former FBI Director explained that several things had gone on which he couldn’t talk about yet. He expressed concern that the department leadership could not credibly complete this investigation.
Given Comey’s most recent testimony, Republicans on Thursday questioned Lynch’s independence during her tenure as the U.S. Attorney General. The Republican National Committee called her actions “interference” and added in a statement that she has a lot of explaining to do.
Comey had multiple undisclosed meetings with Loretta Lynch concerning Clinton Emails
— John Galts Gone (@rsweat52) June 9, 2017
Although the media expected a reaction, Lynch has made no public comments yet. However, a person close to her, who requested anonymity, told reporters that the use of the term “matter” was meant to neither confirm nor deny that the investigation existed.
While the mainstream media was expecting Comey’s testimony to set the basis for a possible impeachment against President Trump, his revelations opened a Pandora’s box for the former Attorney General instead.
The next information could possibly start a turning point for U.S. politics.