In a June 2017 interview under oath with the House Intelligence Committee, Comey said Lynch had pressed him to downplay the significance of the Clinton email review in September 2015.
“The attorney general had directed me not to call it an investigation, but instead to call it a matter, which confused me and concerned me,” Comey testified.
The transcript of the Dec. 19 interview (with Loretta Lynch), released Monday evening by House Judiciary ranking member Doug Collins, R-Ga., clashes with what Comey testified under oath as Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch denied to congressional investigators last year that she ever instructed former FBI Director James Comey to minimize the Hillary Clinton email investigation by urging him to call it a “matter” instead of an “investigation.”
“I did not. I have never instructed a witness as to what to say specifically. Never have, never will,” Lynch told a joint task force of the House Oversight and Judiciary committees.
Transcripts of closed-door interviews with former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and others were released Monday evening. Out of an abundance of caution, these transcripts have a limited number of narrowly tailored redactions, relating only to confidential sources and methods, non-public information about ongoing investigations and non-material personal information,” Collins said. Lynch and McCabe’s interviews were included in the stash, along with transcripts of interviews with former FBI Principal Deputy General Counsel Trisha Anderson, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s New York Field Office William Sweeny, former FBI chief of staff James Rybicki, and others. [According to the Washington Examiner]