We heard quite a lot during Mr. Comey’s testimony to Congress on Thursday. But in what was yet another bombshell being downplayed by the mainstream media, we learned that President Obama’s Attorney General Loretta Lynch asked him to downplay the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
During the Obama administration, the AG’s office became extremely politicized under Eric Holder and then Lynch. Trump’s justice department needs to be much less partisan. As the Daily Caller pointed out, Comey said Lynch told Comey not to call the criminal investigation into the Democratic nominee’s use of a server while secretary of state. Instead, Lynch told Comey to call it a “matter,” to which Comey said Thursday, “confused” him. This pressure from Lynch led to Comey holding that confounding July press conference announcing his recommendation not to seek an indictment.
So Comey bowed to political pressure. He acknowledged that the conversation with Lynch gave him a “queasy feeling,” but he still went ahead and followed her marching orders as “that was not a hill I wanted to die on.” Probably didn’t want to be added to the Clinton body count either.
In Comey’s testimony Thursday he basically admitted to colluding with Obama’s justice department to ensure that justice was obstructed in the Hillary Clinton email investigation. We all know justice was not served. Comey essentially laid out the case for why she should be indicted during that July presser, only to finish by saying no prosecutor in their right mind would seek an indictment.
The complete politicization of the Justice Department under Obama has now been exposed as a fact if we take Comey at his word. Most of us already know this as well. Trump came nowhere near obstructing justice in his discussions with Comey over former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Loretta Lynch, and possibly more unnamed individuals, provided stern pressure against Comey while he was trying to head up an independent investigation into crooked Hillary.
What is curious to me is why Comey didn’t record this conversation with Lynch like he did after his conversations with Trump. Wouldn’t that seem to be an impactful and irregular conversation that should be recorded? Shouldn’t he be more horrified by an attorney general telling him to downplay a high profile investigation as opposed to what Trump might say after a one-on-one conversation with him?
Still, the mainstream media drumbeat goes on, ignoring the fact that the attorney general intervened in an investigation to make sure the proper statement was put out for political purposes.
Here’s a quick sampling of articles out this Friday linked from RealClearPolitics. Only Ed Rogers’ post in the Washington Post is truly positive for the president while Ben Domenech’s article bashes CNN for good reason.
- Ed Rogers, Wash Post
- Mike Allen, Axios
- Richard Wolffe, The Guardian
- George Neumayr, Am Spectator
- Ben Domenech, The Federalist
- Andrew Sullivan, New York Magazine
Democrats need to get over it. Trump committed no crime and there is no collusion. Stop with the distractions AKA impeachment talk.
The real obstruction of justice came from AG Lynch last year when she made moves to ensure Comey said the right things in protecting their fragile and ultimately doomed presidential candidate. How loud the narrative would be played over the airwaves if we learned that an AG like Jeff Sessions pressured Comey into downplaying the investigation into President Trump. Politics is of course a dirty industry, but we cannot let these corrupt politicians remain above the law. They must be held accountable and not just sit in front of a TV screen and “accept full responsibility” and move on.
Justice must be served, not obstructed.