Former FBI Director James Comey said that former President Barack Obama and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch deliberately “jeopardized” the Department of Justice investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to the Washington Examiner.
In his new book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership,” James Comey shifts blame and says Obama and Lynch are responsible for why the Clinton investigation hit a dead end.
But as the investigation advanced and more evidence was revealed of wrongdoing and illegal behaviors, Comey said Obama and Lynch began running interference to save Clinton.
Comey explicitly stated that he believes Obama and Lynch complicated the investigation most with their political statements, suggesting they were actively seeking to protect Clinton during the 2016 presidential election.
The former bureau head said Obama’s public statements about the Clinton investigation “jeopardized” the FBI’s credibility and absolved Clinton of any crime or wrongdoing before investigators had even completed their work.
“Contributing to this problem, regrettably, was President Obama. He had jeopardized the Department of Justice’s credibility in the investigation by saying in a 60 Minutes interview on Oct. 11, 2015, that Clinton’s email use was ‘a mistake’ that had not endangered national security,” Comey said.
Comey went on to say that Obama was a very smart man who understood how the law works, adding that he still doesn’t understand why he injected himself into the investigation given the potential blowback associated with doing so.
He also describes a September, 2015 meeting with Lynch, and claims that she directed him to refer to the Clinton investigation as a “matter” rather than an “investigation.”
Comey even testified in June, 2017 before the Senate Intelligence Committee that Lynch advised him to use softer language publicly to describe the bureau’s Clinton investigation.
“The attorney general seemed to be directing me to align with the Clinton campaign strategy. Her ‘just do it’ response to my question indicated that she had no legal or procedural justification for her request, at least not one grounded in our practices or traditions. Otherwise, I assume, she would have said so.”
The admission is quite explosive for several reasons.
For starters, Comey directly implicates Obama and Lynch for jeopardizing the FBI investigation into Clinton’s careless mishandling of classified information. That’s called obstruction of justice, which is a felony per count.
Secondly, Lynch using her power at the DOJ to pressure Comey to tone down his language likely had major legal ramifications for Clinton. By calling it a “matter” and not an “investigation,” it led voters to believe Clinton wasn’t facing any criminal charges.
Despite Obama, Comey, and Lynch giving Clinton a pass, it was false and unethical to lie to the American people — sending classified information is a felony, and Comey admitted that Clinton did that.
And now Comey is exposing Obama and Lynch for injecting themselves into the Clinton investigation, which was likely a ploy to help her become the next president of the United States.
It didn’t work.