Judicial Watch: AG Lynch, FBI Director Comey, President Bill Clinton ‘Should Testify’ About Email Case

By Theresa Smith | June 16, 2017 | 11:09 AM EDT

Former FBI Director James Comey,

former Attorney General Loretta Lynch,

and 2016 Democratic presidential

candidate Hillary Clinton.

(FoxNews.com)

(CNSNews.com) – Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, ex-FBI Director James Comey, and President Bill Clinton “should testify” about their overlapping actions in the Hillary Clinton e-mail scandal, said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton, noting specifically the tarmac meeting between Lynch and Clinton, and Lynch’s directive to Comey to re-label the e-mail case from an “investigation” to a “matter.”

The latter event was revealed by Comey during his June 8 testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Judicial Watch’s Fitton also said the Department of Justice (DOJ) should audit “all of the [Hillary] Clinton investigation and how it was handled so there’s a second independent look to see if it needs to be re-investigated.”

“Mr. Comey repeatedly misstated the law [on] the handling of classified material,” said Fitton on FBN’s Risk & Reward on June 13. “You even have the attorney general [Lynch], after she met with Bill Clinton [in June 2016], said that that meeting cast a cloud over the investigation. Yet she didn’t recuse herself from the investigation, as Sessions did [over the Russia investigation].”

“I think there needs to be an honest second look at how that [e-mail] investigation was handled because there still needs to be justice for what Mrs. Clinton did and it wasn’t possible,” said Fitton.  

He continued, “It’s clear, Mr. Comey said -- and I think this is the headline from his recent testimony and these reports -- that the Clinton-Lynch meeting [in June 2016] was just the tip of the iceberg when it came to the Justice Department’s inability to fairly investigate Mrs. Clinton in a fair way.”

“Ms. Lynch should testify and Mr. Comey should testify and Bill Clinton should testify,” said Fitton.

During his May 3, 2017 testimony on the Clinton email investigation, former FBI Director James Comey said he was uncomfortable with a number of then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s actions during the Clinton investigation.

Recalling the June 27, 2016 meeting between Lynch and Bill Clinton at the Phoenix airport – while the Hillary Clinton investigation was still underway -- Comey said, "A number of things had gone on which I can't talk about yet, that made me worry that the Department leadership could not credibly complete the investigation and decline prosecution, without grievous damage to the American people's confidence in the justice system."

He continued, "And then the capper was -- and I'm not picking on the attorney general, Loretta Lynch, who I like very much -- but her meeting with President Clinton on that airplane was the capper for me. And I then said -- you know what? -- the department cannot, by itself, credibly end this.”

According to Comey’s latest testimony on June 8, 2017, Lynch told him to call the Clinton investigation a “matter” instead of an “investigation” for an upcoming July press conference.

 Comey said, "I wanted to know, was she going to authorize us to confirm we had an investigation, and she said, 'Yes, but don't call it that, call it a matter.’ And I said, 'Why would I do that?' And she said, 'Just call it a matter.'"

Tom Fitton said that Judicial Watch will be receiving “records from the Justice Department about the Lynch-tarmac meeting and related documents in the next month or two.” He continued, 

“I don’t know if this email is going to come out, but there’s an IT investigation looking into it. And frankly, if I were the president, I would order the Justice Department to do an audit of the Clinton investigation and how it was handled so there’s a second independent look at how that case was handled to see if anything needs to be reinvestigated or reopened or reinvigorated.”

Fitton contined, “Mr. Comey said that the Clinton-Lynch meeting was just the tip of the iceberg when it came to the Justice Department’s inability to fairly investigate Mrs. Clinton in a fair way.”

On Sunday, June 11,  Sen. Dianne Feinstein told CNN that Comey’s report of what AG Lynch told him made her have a “queasy feeling too.”

Feinstein said, “I think we need to know more about that. And there's only way to know about it, and that's to have the Judiciary Committee take a look at that.” Senator Grassley, a Republican, agrees with Feinstein that Lynch should be investigated by the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

When asked about Feinstein’s comment, Fitton said, “To be fair to Ms. Lynch, the FBI director comes in assuming the account is accurate and there’s this accusation that she was going to put the kabash, and maybe she was just really angry at having her ethics questioned and told him to get the heck out of the office. So, that’s why Ms. Lynch should testify and Mr. Comey should testify and Bill Clinton should testify.”

Also, as CNSNews.com previously reported, Sen Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), asked Comey  on May 3, 2017 about a document “written by a Democratic operative that seemed — at least in the eyes of Mr. Comey and his aides — to raise questions about her [Lynch’s] independence.”

Grassley said of the document, which reportedly was hacked from Democrat operatives by Russian agents:  “The email reportedly provided assurances that Attorney General Lynch would protect Clinton by making sure the FBI investigation, quote, ‘didn’t go too far.’”  

During that May 3 hearing, Grassley asked Comey, “What steps did the FBI take to determine whether Attorney General Lynch  had actually given assurances that the political fix was in, no matter what? Did the FBI interview the person who wrote the email? If not, why not?”

Comey responded, “I can’t talk about that in an unclassified setting.”

When Grassley asked Comey why he had not provided the committee with the email, and if he ever would, Comey said, “I have to give a classified answer, and I can’t give it sitting here.”

Comey would not confirm that the email existed, stating “the subject is classified.”

Judicial Watch’s Fitton, during his interview on June 13, said, “I think the Justice Department just needs to do a straightforward investigation of what went on there.”