Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch got some bad news today when it was revealed that FBI Director James Comey distrusted her and her fellow Department of Justice officials, believing they might provide Hillary Clinton with political cover over her email server.
The Hill reported that Comey launched a “go-it-alone strategy” in the Clinton investigation because of his suspicions that Lynch would subtly try to downplay it. One example of Lynch’s suspicious behavior came in September of 2015, when Comey to use the word “matter” instead of “investigation” when publicly discussing the case. This was corroborated by three people who attended the meeting where Lynch made this statement.
Lynch had claimed that the word “investigation” would raise more questions and argued that the department should maintain its policy of not confirming investigations.
Comey wanted to tell Congress about what the FBI had found, as he worried that if they were not notified, it would look like the FBI was withholding information just before the election. Lynch did not want Comey to send the letter, but she ended up deciding not to order him not to send it.