In a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) probed Driector Comey about an article in the New York Times that claimed Loretta Lynch gave “political cover” to Hillary Clinton during the campaign.
Director Comey did not deny the report. He would not comment on it.
“The New York Times recently reported that the FBI had found a troubling email among the ones the Russians hacked from Democrat operatives. The email reportedly provided assurances that Attorney General Lynch would protect Secretary Clinton by making sure the FBI investigation, quote-un-quote: ‘didn’t go too far’. How and when did you first learn of this document, also who sent it and who received it?”
“That’s not a question I can answer in this forum, Mr. Chairman, ‘cause it would call for a classified response. I have briefed leadership of the intelligence committees on that particular issue, but I can’t talk about it here.”
“You can expect me to follow up on that point . . . 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?”
“I have to give you the same answer . . . I can’t talk about that in an unclassified setting.”
After a bit more back-and-forth and no more being revealed, Comey said: “I’m not confirming there was an email, sir . . . I can’t – the subject is classified, and in an appropriate forum, I’d be happy to brief you on it, but I can’t do it in an open hearing.”
You can watch the interaction here: