The media was counting on James Comey’s book tour to finish Donald Trump for good.
But instead, Loretta Lynch ended up on the hot seat.
And Comey let it slip that a confidential source has a secret that would mean the end for Lynch.
Comey sat for a marathon interview with Democrat operative George Stephanopoulos.
It was expected to be a softball batting practice where Comey could tee off on the President.
But that wasn’t the way things turned out.
Comey’s book is a dud that doesn’t contain any damaging information.
But the former FBI Director did reveal that the Bureau had information showing that Lynch was compromised during the Clinton email investigation.
“Comey writes that he felt obligated to take more of a personal role as the public face of the investigation rather than deferring to then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch – in part because of something involving Lynch that he cryptically refers to as a “development still unknown to the American public to this day.”
In early 2016, the U.S. government became aware of information from a classified source, and “the source and content of that material remains classified as I write this,” according to the book.
“Had it become public, the unverified material would undoubtedly have been used by political opponents to cast serious doubt on the attorney general’s independence in connection with the Clinton investigation,” Comey writes, without further elaboration.
Comey asserts that he didn’t sense Lynch interfered with the investigation, even after the highly publicized Phoenix tarmac meeting between Lynch and former President Bill Clinton. That episode convinced Comey that he needed to step forward with his own public accounting of the email server investigation.”
Comey could be referring to reports that had surfaced about an email sent in 2016 from a top Democrat where they bragged about Lynch rigging the Clinton email probe.
The Washington Post reports:
“A secret document that officials say played a key role in then-FBI Director James B. Comey’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation has long been viewed within the FBI as unreliable and possibly a fake, according to people familiar with its contents.
In the midst of the 2016 presidential primary season, the FBI received what was described as a Russian intelligence document claiming a tacit understanding between the Clinton campaign and the Justice Department over the inquiry into whether she intentionally revealed classified information through her use of a private email server.
The Russian document cited a supposed email describing how then-Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch had privately assured someone in the Clinton campaign that the email investigation would not push too deeply into the matter. If true, the revelation of such an understanding would have undermined the integrity of the FBI’s investigation.
Current and former officials have said that Comey relied on the document in making his July decision to announce on his own, without Justice Department involvement, that the investigation was over. That public announcement — in which he criticized Clinton and made extensive comments about the evidence — set in motion a chain of other FBI moves that Democrats now say helped Trump win the presidential election.”
The Post also quotes sources who question its validity, but their position and names are withheld so it’s impossible to evaluate the base of knowledge they have to make such a determination.
The ABC interview is the first on-the-record confirmation by James Comey that Lynch was in a compromised position.
Should this revelation spur a new investigation of Lynch’s conduct during the Clinton email probe?
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