It seems obvious from former FBI Director James Comey’s recent testimony that then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch tried to give political cover to Hillary Clinton by instructing him to call the criminal investigation into her email server a “matter” instead. I didn’t go to law school, but a careful look at Comey’s testimony shows me that he, in turn, has done what he could to give Lynch cover as well. Call it “pay it forward” inside the Justice Department.

“I don’t know if it was intentional or not,” says Comey of Lynch’s instruction, “but it gave the impression that the attorney was trying to align how we describe our work with the way it was being described in a political campaign.”


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The key phrase: “I don’t know if it was intentional or not.”

Remember, Comey has said he gave Hillary a pass because he didn’t know if she intended to break the law, when, in fact, the presence of intent is irrelevant to the laws against mishandling material. Now, with Lynch, it’s even easier for him to use the issue of intent to provide a shield, because the charge of obstruction actually does involve intent. By casting doubt on her intent, he has protected her. It helps that Lynch never reveals the tiniest glimpse into the shrewd inner workings of her mind. She can stonewall better than anyone I’ve ever seen. Does anyone think this woman ever in her life does anything that’s not intentional?

Surely anyone not blinded by partisanship can see what’s going on with this investigation. Comey gets to appear forthright while helping both Hillary and Lynch avoid prosecution, leaks his own memo to achieve the appointment of a special counsel, and ends up as the main witness in a “trumped-up” investigation of the President led by his very close friend and mentor, Robert Mueller, who now has an obligation under the law to step away from that duty.

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