Lynch urged Comey to refer to Clinton e-mail investigation as a ‘matter,’ Comey says

Former US Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
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Former US Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

Former FBI Director James Comey says that former Attorney General Loretta Lynch urged him to refer to the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails a ‘‘matter’’ instead of an ‘‘investigation.’’

Comey says in his Senate Intelligence Committee hearing that he was confused by the request and it was one of the reasons he felt the need to publicly announce his findings in the Clinton email case.

Comey says the other major factor was Lynch’s meeting with former President Bill Clinton on the tarmac of an Arizona airport. Comey says he had to announce his findings to protect the credibility of the FBI and the Justice Department.